With a field as loaded as it has ever been, Olentangy and host Hayes stepped up to the challenge of competing against wrestling’s elite on their way to steady showings at Saturday’s Delaware Hayes Rieman Invitational.
The Braves finished second with 236.5 points, topped only by champion Massillon Perry, which closed with 341. The Pacers, meanwhile, wound up in the top ten, finishing ninth with 107.
“I think things went pretty well for us,” Hayes coach Josh Heffernan said. “we finished with 107 … they only year we’ve scored more was in 2009, when we had seven seniors in the lineup.
“It was a really good showing, especially considering the tournament was probably the toughest it has ever been. There were well over 20 returning state qualifiers, more than 40 state-ranked wrestlers and probably four or five guys who are projected state champs in action,” he added. “And I’m proud of the way the guys wrestled. You can see the improvement, which is always encouraging. With the exception of Seth McCurdy at 126, who finished as a runner-up, we have a lot of young guys who don’t have a ton of experience, and they just keep getting better and better.”
Olentangy was led by Trevor Fiorucci, who won his 150th career match over the weekend, capping his championship run with a win over Perry’s Isaac Bast in the 132-pound final. The Braves’ Bryan Young also wrestled his way to a championship, beating Perry’s Seth Maylor in the title match of the heavyweight division. Other standouts included Cody Pollitt, who had third in the 138-pound division; Anthony Fosco, who was third in the 145-pound division; Brandon Sheppard, who closed second in the 195-pound division; and Alex Stinemetz, who was second in the 220-pound division.
Hayes was powered by McCurdy, who was unstoppable until falling to Hilliard Davidson’s Lee Wilson in the 126-pound final. Andrew Sierawski was also solid, closing third in the 170-pound division. Shawn Johnson and Colton Christner were the squad’s other placers, finishing fifth at 195 and 285, respectively.