Columbus Grove's Andrew Burgei looks to get an advantage of Antwerp's Colton Hall.
Columbus Grove's Andrew Burgei looks to get an advantage of Antwerp's Colton Hall.
By Charlie Warnimont
Sentinel Sports Editor
COLUMBUS GROVE - Columbus Grove's wrestling knew they had their work cut out for them as they squared off against Ayersville Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs had lost to the Pilots back in December and Columbus Grove was looking to use experience from that match to possibly turn the tables on their guests. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Pilots turned in another good performance.

Ayersville won four matches early and closed out the dual with five straight wins to defeat the Bulldogs 54-13 in the Division III regional quarterfinal round of the first ever state team wrestling tournament.

The Bulldogs advanced to face Ayersville after defeating Antwerp 54-21 in the opening match of the tournament. They will face Wayne Trace who defeated Montpelier 55-21 in their regional matchup.

After the Bulldogs Tregg Keysor opened the match with a 17-0, technical fall, of Ayersville's Justin Howard, the Piolts built an early lead as they won the next four matches, two by pin, one by forfeit and one by decision. The Pilots closed out the match with five straight wins, three on pins and two decisions.

"They are a real good team," Columbus Grove coach Eric Siefker said. "If we get a couple of moves to go our way we would have been right there. We had our best wrestlers against their best wrestlers and they got us. We are young, I have three freshman at the top of the lineup, and still learning. I was proud of the way we wrestled tonight. Everyone wrestlers really hard tonight."

Keysor recorded the first of the Bulldogs three wins against the Pilots easily defeating Ayersville freshman Justin Howard 17-0. Keysor led 14-0 after the first period, then made a quick move in the second period to get three back points for the technical fall.

At 138 pounds, the Bulldogs' Christian Stechschulte posted a 14-5 major decision win over the Pilots' Daniel Acosta. The match was tied 3-3 after the fist period before Stechschulte scored five points in the second period to take control of the match. The Bulldogs third win came at 160 pounds as Alec Gladwell posted a 13-2 major decision win over Jeremy Olivarez. Gladwell was up 4-0 after the opening period and 6-0 after two periods.

The match of the night in the second round was at 285 pounds as Grove's Alex Shaffer and Ayersville's Griffin Friesner went deep into overtime. Friesner won the match 4-3 with an escape point in the fourth overtime for the sudden victory win.

In the opening match of the night, the Bulldogs were up 18-15 when they five straight matches to take control of the match. Four of the five wins came on pins for Columbus Grove.

Sophomore Andrew Burgei (152) started the winning streak with a pin of Antwerp's Colton Hall in 5:02, while Alec Gladwell (160) pinned Colin Perry in 23 seconds, Brandon Benroth (170) pinned the Archers' Mason Gerken in 59 seconds and Will Selhorst (182) pinned the Archers' Austin VanAtta in 24 seconds. Adam Johnson won by forfeit at 195 pounds for the Bulldogs.

Shaffer finished the opening round win by pinning Antwerp's Jarett Bute 12 seconds into the second period.

"The first match we were able to get some key wins from some of more experienced wrestlers," Siefker said. "Our young guys are doing a good job, but I think they just need a little more mat time to keep improving their skills. Our young guys are wrestling hard, so that improvement will come as they get more matches under their belt."

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Columbus Grove 54

Antwerp 21

106 - T. Keysor (CG) won by forfeit.

113 - Double forfeit.

120 - Hauenstein (CG) won by forfeit.

126 - Br. Hall (Ant) pinned E. Schroeder (CG), 1:36.

132 - Be. Hall (Ant) pinned I. Siefker (CG), 2:37.

138 - C. Stechschulte (CG) won by forfeit.

145 - J. Clark (Ant) dec. T. Schroeder (CG), 10-6.

152 - A. Burgei (CG) pinned C. Hall (A), 5:02.

160 - A. Gladwell (CG) pinned C. Perry (Ant), :23.

170 - B. Benroth (CG) pinned M. Gerken (Ant), :59.

182 - W. Selhorst (CG) pinned A. VanAtta (Ant), :24.

195 - A. Johnson (CG) won by forfeit.

220 - J. Laker (Ant) pinned E. Wiswasser (CG), :24.

285 - A. Shaffer (CG) pinned J. Bute (Ant), 2:12.

Ayersville 54

Columbus Grove 13

106 - T. Keysor (CG) tech. fall J. Howard (Ayers), 17-0.

113 - K. Behringer (Ayers) won by forfeit.

120 - F. Alvarado (Ayers) pinned G. Hauenstein (CG), 5:28.

126 - C. Kelly (Ayers) dec. E. Schroeder (CG), 1:14.

132 - K. Schreve (Ayers) pinned I. Siefker (CG), 1:14.

138 - C. Stechschulte (CG) maj. dec. D. Acosta (Ayers), 14-5.

145 - Z. Clark (Ayers) pinned T. Schroeder (CG), 1:47.

152 - N. Fry (Ayers) dec. A. Burgei (CG0, 7-5.

160 - A. Gladwell (CG) maj. dec. J. Olivarez (Ayers), 13-2.

170 - T. Ankney (Ayers) dec. B. Benroth (CG), 8-2.

182 - D. Bergeon (Ayers) pinned W. Selhorst (CG)m 1:51.

195 - J. Hostettler (ayers) pinned A. Johnson (CG), 5:35.

220 - A. Fry (Ayers) pinned E. Wiswasser (CG), :17.

285 - G. Friesner (Ayers) dec. A. Shaffer (CG), 4-3 (UTB)).