DEFIANCE — Ottawa-Glandorf and Columbus Grove’s wrestling team both saw three wrestlers place at the fourth annual Border War tournament at Defiance High School.

Titan wrestlers had a strong showing at the two-day, 42 team, invitational with one runner-up finish and two third place showings among the six wrestlers they took to the meet. The Bulldogs had a pair of fifth place finishes and one eighth place showing.

O-G senior Danny Rosales has the best showing of the area wrestlers with a runner-up finish at 182 pounds. Rosales (16-2) and Bluffton’s Deandre Nassar squared off in the championship match at 182 pounds and needed overtime to decide the championship. Tied 1-1 after three periods, Nassar was able to get a take down in overtime for the win. Rosales has reached the finals as he defeated Dawson Bruckner of Niles 3-2 in the semi-finals.

Overall, Rosales was 3-1 at the tournament as he opened with a pin of Jose Reynoso of Harvey in 1:11, then defeated Ayersville’s Caden Brown 10-2, major decision, in the quarterfinals.

Schmersal (13-7) finished third at 195 pounds as he defeated Eddie Son of Sycamore in the third place match 3-2. Schmersal lost in the championship semi-finals to Will Morrow of Patrick Henry by a pin in 51 seconds, then defeated Tysen Custard of Niles in the consolation semi-finals 8-1 to reach the third place match.

Hernandez finished third at 132 pounds as he pinned Cameron Pollard of Otsego in 2:21. Hernandez reached the third place match with a 14-0, major decision, win over Ryan Sheets of Columbia City in the consolation semi-finals.

Hernandez (12-1) was busy over the two days as he opened with a 15-0, technical fall, win over Matt Neal of Sycamore before falling to Sheets in the second round 11-9 in overtime. Hernandez then pinned his next three opponents Hunter Gifford, Berkshire, in 2:26, Stephen Chang, Granville, in 3:58 and Zach Rocha, Archbold, in 32 seconds. In the fifth round of consolations Hernandez defeated Javond Ball of Niles 9-5 to reach the consolation semi-finals.

At 126 pounds, O-G’s Owen Thomas went 3-2 at the tournament as he fell in the fourth consolation round to Randall Mills of Antwerp 12-2, major decision and at 138 pounds Evan Ellerbrock won his first two matches before dropping the next two. At 106 pounds, O-G’s Michael Basinger went 2-2 over the course of two days.

Columbus Grove’s top finishes at the meet were a pair of fifth place showing by Dylan Sargent at 220 pounds and Jeff Meyer at 285 pounds. Dylan Pitts finished eighth at 152 pounds.

Sargent, a junior, reached the championship semi-finals at 220 pounds where he fell to Max Fausnaugh of Bowling Green 10-8. In the consolation semi-finals, Sargent lost a 12-5 decision to Jarron Knaff of Sycamore putting him in the fifth place match. In the fifth place match, Sargent (18-3) defeated Travis Degler of Ayersville 8-2.

Sargent opened with an 11 second pin of Defiance’s Keaton Linebrink, then defeated Kevin Hartman of Angola 13-12 in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Sargent defeated Bath’s Fielden Deeds 8-2.

Meyer, a sophomore, finished fifth at 285 pounds as he defeated Jakbob Backhaus of Fairview 8-1.

Meyer (18-3) opened the tournament by pinning John Hinen of Columbia City in 1:37 before beating Backhaus in the second round 5-2. In the quarterfinals, Meyer fell to Jonah Schlegel of Defiance 7-4. Meyer then pinned Brennan Davis of Allen East in 4:24 and won by injury default over Chase Leeper of Eastside to reach the consolation semi-finals. In the consolation semi-finals Brian Soto of Niles defeated Meyer 2-1.

Pitts finished eighth at 152 pounds as he lost the seventh place match to Max Jolliff of Findlay 14-2, major decision.

Pitts won his first two matches as he pinned Lima Central Catholic’s Quentin Potempa in 57 seconds before defeated Kristopher Patrick of Eastside 9-5. In the quarterfinals, Pitts fell to Ryan Marvin of Swanton 11-3, major decision, before beating Tyler Wilson of Maumee 5-3. In the fifth round of consolation matches, Pitts fell to Danny Herschberger of Woodlan 14-5, major decision.

At 120 pounds, the Bulldogs Caleb Langhals (13-5) went 2-2 in the tournament and at 145 pounds, Justin Flanders went 1-2. Ryan Bogart recorded a win at 160 pounds for Grove.

Ottawa-Glandorf finished sixth in the team standings with 85.5 points and Columbus Grove tied for 31st place with 47 points.

Niles won the tournament with 168.5 points.