On Saturday, Dec. 1, the varsity wrestling team traveled to Upper Arlington to face off in the annual UA Lee Spitzer Invitational tournament. This was the first tournament of the 2018-19 season, and the team took third place overall, with 13 top-five placers and three champions.
The team took 18 wrestlers to Upper Arlington, two of whom had a doctors note clearing them to wrestle even with a small skin disease. To be able to wrestle, a certified doctor must evaluate the validity of the notes and make the final decision. Both forms were overturned, not allowing the wrestlers to participate in the match.
Head wrestling coach Scott Tresser believes that this performance was a good start to the season.
“We have a lot of work left to do and we are looking forward to the process of getting better,” Tressler said.
Continued morning workouts, increased cardio load, a significant uptake in the weight room and wrestling more intensely are all things that Coach Tressler thinks will significantly impact the performance of the team.
Senior Zach Stevenson, who wrestled in the 285 lb class, was one of the three wrestlers who won his weight class. This was the Ohio State football commit’s first time back on the mats since his knee injury that kept him out of last season.
“Comparatively, our [endurance] was much better than the competition so our conditioning is there and will only get better, but we need to work on wrestling on the mat, where UA is strongest, for our next dual,” Stevenson said.
13 of the 16 wrestlers who participated in the competition placed in the top five. In the 120 lb weight class, Cole Benjamin placed third; Cole Jackson placed first and Taryn Martin placed fifth in the 126 lb class and Rocco Torio placed second for 132 lbs. 138 lbs Zack Miller placed fourth, and Keegan Knapp placed fifth in the same class; Matt Hipsher placed third for the 145 lb class and 152 lb Nick Schoenleb placed fifth. 160 lb Mitchell Broskie placed fifth, 170 lb Colin Burns placed fifth, Dylan Dempsey placed first in 182 lbs, Cardan Mutai placed second for 220 lbs and, and Stevenson placed first.
The team is looking forward to the dual match against Upper Arlington this Thursday, with some wrestlers facing a rematch in their weight class of this past weekend.
“If the guys do their jobs and continue to work hard in practice, lifts and conditioning, I can foresee an adequate season ahead,” Tressler said.