COLUMBUS — Otsego junior Trevor Wilcox (40-6) placed third, Lakota sophomore Braxton Quaintance (40-11) placed fourth, and Elmwood senior Cannon Endicott (42-5) placed fifth during the Division III state wrestling finals at the Schottenstein Center Sunday.
For his 120-pound weight class consolation final championship match, Wilcox defeated a familiar foe in Mentor Lake Catholic junior Joey Romano (47-7), 9-4.
Wilcox and Romano had met in the winners’ bracket quarterfinals, and the first time Wilcox came away with a 6-5 win. The Otsego grappler was prepared for the rematch.
“Trevor is a great kid,” Otsego coach Joe Gerwin said. “He works hard. He’s just one of those kids who quietly puts in all the work and gets better every single time. We beat him better this time than we did last time.”
Wilcox said he took the lessons learned from their first match and applied them to the third place match.
“That time I knew what to expect so I didn’t let him get that inside reach he had,” Wilcox said. “Then, I did a better job riding him on top, too. He’s good on the bottom and he likes to move.”
In the rematch, the score was tied at 2-2 after two periods, but Wilcox dominated the third, scoring seven points unanswered during a one minute and 15 second timespan, including a near fall with 45 seconds remaining,
Gerwin gave Romano credit for giving Wilcox fits at first, and Wilcox credit for eventually taking over.
“He (Romano) has a great inside reach and we had to really prepare against that and he’s so tough on top, and there were a couple times I thought maybe he would get turned. Luckily Trevor is really strong in those base positions,” Gerwin said.
Wilcox opened the tournament strong, taking a 13-0 major decision from Sandy Valley junior Evan Natale (20-7) before facing Romano the first time.
In the winners bracket semifinals, Wilcox fell to Miami East senior Cooper Shore (49-1), 12-5. In the consolation bracket, Wilcox defeated Northmor sophomore Cowin Becker (45-7), 10-6, so he could face off with Romano again.
At 165, Quaintance opened with a 5-0 decision against Versailles junior Michael Osborne (46-8), then defeated Perry senior Ryan Brubaker (36-15), 6-4, in the quarterfinals, but lost, 5-1, to eventual state champion Hunter Andel (48-3), a Garrettsville Garfield senior, in the semifinals.
Wrestling for third place, Quintance narrowly fell to Oak Harbor senior Hayden Buhro (48-9), 3-2.
At 175, Endicott lost his opening match to Troy Christian senior Connor Havill (38-6) by a 7-3 decision but started rolling in the consolation bracket.
Endicott defeated Martins Ferry senior George Hulsey (43-13), 5-4, Salineville Southern senior Wyatt Morris (32-8), 7-4, and Preble Shawnee junior Riley Stevenson (41-8), 2-0.
However, Endicott fell in the consolation semifinals to Havill, 8-1, in their second matchup, then rebounded to defeat Versailles senior Kane Epperly (50-7), 4-0, for fifth place.
In Division II, Bowling Green senior Dominick Burch (44-7) got off to a solid start at 285 pounds, pinning Plain City Jonathan Alder junior Dom Kroninger (37-13), who eventually placed fourth, in 3:58.
However, in the quarterfinals, Burch was pinned by Circleville senior Trentt Fulgham (44-7), the eventual state champion, in 3:21. In his first consolation match, Burch fell to Bryan senior Zain Bell (36-13), 5-3.
In D-II at 157, Rossford junior Ayden Wilson (34-9) lost his opener to Bidwell River Valley senior Justin Stump (46-12), 6-2, and then fell to Madison junior Noah Blough (27-8), 7-1.