The Phoenix grapplers closed the books on the 2016 portion of the schedule Thursday and Friday at the Vermilion Holiday Super Duals.
The team of four completed the tournament with a 1-8 record.
The sole win was against Antwerp, 13-12. The score was tied 12-12 after the four matches and Oberlin was awarded the victory based on the criteria of having the most first points earned. The team scored a moral victory against Bay B, losing 21-36, but winning all four head-to-head matches.
Sophomore Robert Bouchonville dropped down a weight class to 126 pounds and had a stellar performance, leading the team with a 7-2 record over the two days. He scored four pins, a 17-2 technical fall, and decisions of 8-7 and 13-6. He now has a 13-9 record with 21 takedowns and eight pins.
The Phoenix also received strong performances from sophomore Brendan Ortiz (138) and freshman James Thomas (152) by posting identical 5-4 records for the tournament. Both Ortiz and Thomas earned four pins and a forfeit each for their victories.
Freshman Riley Horning (170) was able to earn a pin and a hard-fought decision. The score changed hands several times throughout the match and, losing 9-8 in the final seconds, Horning was able to earn a penalty point and a reversal to secure a 11-9 decision.
The Oberlin wrestlers will open the 2017 portion of the season with a double dual with Clearview and Brooklyn on Thursday, then travel to Columbia on Saturday to compete in the Columbia Invitational.
Courtesy photo Robert Bouchonville works for a stack against Antwerp at the Vermilion Holiday Super Duals.