Devon Dunbar of Northwood and Jacob Wise of Elmwood each won a Division III district championship and a
berth in the state meet Saturday.
In addition, Otsego is sending two wrestlers to the Division III state meet, which starts Thursday in
The Stroh Center was host Division II and Division III meets.
Dunbar (126) cruised through the semifinals with a 7-1 win over Trevor Bowman of Arcadia. He defeated
Noah Mattin of Delta 4-2 in sudden victory in the finals.
“His takedowns are good, but he is riding better on top,” said Northwood coach Bill Cannon. “He is
keeping guys down and that is what’s going to win big tournaments.”
“When I rode him out in the second period, it helped,” said Dunbar. “When I got out I was in the lead.
I’m looking to win it next week. Who doesn’t when you are going to state? I haven’t lost in four
tournaments and I hope it carries over to state.”
Wise (170) used two lateral drops on Todd Miller of Delta on the way to a 7-2 win in the semifinals. In
the finals, Wise beat Hayden Miller of Norwalk St. Paul, 4-2.
“He deserved it,” said Elmwood coach Dave Lee. “He didn’t wrestle last season because of injury. He
wasn’t ranked by anybody at all at the beginning of the season, but now he is getting noticed. He lost
to a wrestler from Lima Shawnee in his third match of the season and hasn’t lost since. Now he is hard
to score on form any position.”
“I have been working on my feet with the coaches and it helped me a lot in this tournament,” said Wise.
“Coach Endicott really worked hard with me on top. That was my weakest position and it really helped.”
Otsego’s Jordan Hendrix (160) cruised to the finals with 8-2 win over Dylen Hartman of Cory Rawson, but
found it to be much tougher against Tyler Fahrer of Delta and was pinned in 1:50.
Otsego’s Trent Soto took third place with a 10-2 win over Wes Fritz of St.Paul.
The Knights placed four wrestlers and finished seventh with 60 1/2 points. Zack Zuhlsdorf (183) and
Austin Glosser (138) placed sixth for Otsego.
“We had a great tournament,” said Otsego coach Joe Gerwin. “We created some upsets with Soto for third
place, when he beat Gross. We won a lot of matches and most of those kids will be back next year and we
hope they will qualify for state.”
Mitchell Davidson (152) of Eastwood took sixth.
In Division II Bowling Green’s Tyler Jacobs (220) lost his second match Friday and won the next two in
the consolation round to reach the “go to” match where he pinned Mario Bell of Dayton Thurgood Marshall
in 4:28 to finish fifth.