Senior Sam Wilson extended his season another week by taking second at the Division III Sectional Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at Independence High School.
Freshman Robert Bouchonville (126 pounds) and senior Morality Anderson (220) placed fifth and earned the alternate spots at their respective weights.
Wilson, seeded second at 182 pounds, had a first round bye and then registered his 17th pin of the season in 1:32 to advance to the semifinals.
His semi match was a little more exciting as he had to grind out a 4-2 decision. Wilson was trailing 2-1 going into the third period, but secured an escape at the 1:00 mark to tie the score. It looked like he earned the winning takedown with 24 seconds left, but the wrestlers were ruled out of bounds.
Wilson bounced back and pulled off a takedown with four seconds left, securing his first trip to the district tournament after serving as an alternate last season.
“Senior year I need to go out with a bang,” Wilson said. “Going to districts was a season goal of mine. I just want to win a match and be wrestling on the second day.”
Wilson forfeited the finals match to Lutheran West’s James Handwerk, to whom he lost at the Conference tournament two weeks ago.
Bouchonville had a great tournament as he went 2-2 on his way to his first tournament placement of his career.
In his two victories, Bouchonville was a scoring machine as he earned a 14-2 and a 19-6 major decision. “Robert has worked very hard and has improved tremendously this season. It was great that he ended the season with a tournament placement,” said coach Michael Enos.
Anderson worked extremely hard to drop from heavyweight to the 220-pound class, where he qualified last season.
Seeded third, he had a first round bye and also secured his 17th pin of the season over Duche of Black River in 2:36. He lost the semifinal match by pin to the eventual champion.
In the consolation semifinal match he needed a win to secure a district qualifying spot. Anderson started down 5-0 before he started his comeback. Through three periods he battled back to close the gap.
With less than a minute remaining, Anderson was trailing 7-6 and needed a takedown to take the lead. With short time remaining, Anderson secured the takedown and a 8-7 lead.
Attempting to return his opponent to the mat, he made a rookie mistake and pulled him on top of himself and lost by a defensive pin. That heartbreaking loss sent him to the fifth/sixth placement match where he won by a pin in 2:22
Anderson and Bouchonville will get a chance to wrestle if one of the place winners in their weight is unable to compete.
The district tournament will be held at Garfield Heights High School. Wrestling starts at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Courtesy photos Morality Anderson scores a reversal and back points in his semifinal match.