COLUMBUS — Ottawa-Glandorf's Daniel Beemer's dream of wrestling for a
state championship suffered a bump in the road Friday night at the
Division III state wrestling tournament.
That dream ended when Beemer suffered his first loss of the season to another unbeaten wrestler in the championship semi-finals at 195 pounds. Beemer and Gaige Willis of Pymatuning Valley both took unbeaten records into their semi-final mathcup and it was Willis that remained unbeaten with a 5-1 win. Willis is now 45-0 on the season.
"It seems that whoever gets the first points, especially the first takedown, wins in tough matches like this. Unfortunately for me, that was him," Beemer noted. "I wanted so badly to give Ottawa-Glandorf its first wrestling State title and that's gone now; I love my school and community and wanted to give them that. I also wanted to go unbeaten but that's not going to happen, either, and I'm so disappointed in my approach. I just should have kept wrestling my match instead of adapting too much to his style. You have to have some adjustments - he's unbeaten, too, and they are all tough here - but you need to focus on your own style more.
"I can still get third tomorrow and that wouldn't be bad but it's not what you're aiming for."
Beemer (37-1) will wrestle in the consolation semi-finals this morning against John Kelby of Smithville. The winner of this match advances to the third place match, while the loser drops into the fifth place match. The other consolation semi-final match has Grandview Heights Hudson Jump facing Dalton Hoover of Martins Ferry.
Ottawa-Glandorf 120-pound senior Le'On Palomo (30-12) closed his career via an 11-3 major decision loss to Ridgedale's Kalib Patterson.
"I was pretty nervous today; it was win or see it end and I didn't want my senior year to end. I did win one match last night and that was fun but it would have been nice to win another one today," he observed. "It is hard to come out of the consolation bracket because you have no leeway. It's disappointing now but I know eventually I will reflect and realize I was in the final 16 of my weight class and how a lot of wrestlers would have liked to be here and weren't."
O-G senior Logan Balbaugh (152 pounds) saw his senior year end at 25-12 with a pin at the hands of Forest Belli (Johnstown Northridge) in 1:28.
O-G senior 182-pounder Tyler Ebbeskotte (21-7) reflected on the end of his career on the back of a 20-2 technical fall loss to Kian Thompson of Oak Harbor.
"It's hard to believe and I'm in shock. I'd like to have one more match but that's how it goes," he said. "We had five wrestlers down here and no one thought that would happen. We all won a match except Danny (Rosales, 170) but he's young and will be back. There were a lot of smiles on these guys' faces.
"I reached my first goal of getting here and my second goal of winning a match and wrestling on the second day. Now it's time to move on to the future but it's hard to see it end. At least it ended here."