Pacers handle Braves, Yellow Jackets
Still in line for 1st conference title in program history
Ben Stroup Sports Editor
The Delaware Hayes wrestling team continued its dominance over OCC-Capital Division competition, knocking off both Mount Vernon and host Olentangy during Thursday night’s quadrangular in Lewis Center.
“They boys were very focused all week and excited to compete,” Delaware coach Josh Heffernan said. “They know they are in the driver’s seat for Hayes’ first conference title in school history, and right now they are wrestling like champions: aggressively, intelligently, and always working for bonus points. I’m really proud of how they’re competing.”
The Pacers started off with a solid 36-18 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Hayes stormed in front thanks to a handful of solid showings from the big guys, with the Pacers winning six of the heaviest seven weight classes. Four of the six came thanks to quick pins — Raymond Simpson (160-pound class) pinned his opponent in 1:38, Chris Martinez (170) forced his to the mat in 1:22, Andrew Sierawski (220) picked up a pin in exactly one minute and Derek Louck pinned his opponent in the heavyweight division in 1:39.
The Pacers’ other wins came from Garrett Young, who picked up an 11-2 decision in the 132-pound class; Nick Beyer, who slipped past his 152-pound opponent 9-8; and Shawn Johnson, who secured an 8-2 decision in the 182-pound class. They also picked up a forfeit win to smooth out the scoring summary.
Hayes was equally as impressive against Olentangy, winning 46-18 to close out the evening.
Pacer point producers included Max Wright (113), who pinned Brian Hallier in 1:39; Greg Brusco (126), who pinned Devens Fajardo in 1:06; Young (132), who pinned the Braves’ Jared Wise in 5:45; Raezel Garrett (145), who picked up a convincing 14-6 win over Kyle Slade; Beyer (152), who pinned Connor Zamilski in 1:38; Martinez (170), who cruised past Colin Higginbotham 17-1; Colton Richard (195), who beat Connor Slade 10-1; and Sierawski (220), who slipped past Chase Carter 10-8. Hayes also picked up a forfeit win at 106.
Olentangy, meanwhile, was led by Braden Held (120), who notched a 6-4 win over Ryan Craun; Max Hall (138), who beat Brandyn Dydek 5-4; Cody Pollitt (160), who knocked off Simpson by a 12-5 margin; Nate Hall (182), who beat Johnson 7-2; and Chris Crumb (285), who pinned Louck in 3:57.
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