Keystone Wildcats' run ends in state quarterfinals

MORNING JOURNAL/SCOTT MAHONEY Keystone’s Jacob Worthington, top, controls Delta’s Conner Keller during their match in the quarterfinals of the state dual tournament on Saturday in Columbus.

COLUMBUS — After playing the underdog role to a tee in their surprising run to a regional championship, Keystone quickly found out that the state tournament was a different animal.

The Wildcats fell 59-13 to Delta in the quarterfinals of the inaugural OHSAA State Wrestling Team Tournament Saturday morning at St. John Area.

“We knew (Delta) was going to be tough. They’re a solid team all the way through,” Keystone coach Jim Pycraft said. “We were trying to get the best matchups we could by bumping people around, but they were good all the way through.”

Keystone came into the state tournament as the No. 8 seed in Division III, out of eight teams, which meant they were matched up with the No. 1 seed in the opening round, something Delta coach Anthony Carrizales saw as a huge advantage for his team.

“Being the one seed definitely helps us,” Carrizales said. “Being the one seed gives us a really good draw. It also gave our kids an added level of confidence coming into the first round.”

It only took seconds for that confidence to manifest itself.

In the opening match, Delta freshman Jacob Spiess (106), projected to be the state champion in the coming individual tournament, pinned Keystone’s Daniel Cropp in just 28 seconds.

In the following match junior Alex Dailey (113) bested his teammate’s feat by pinning Keystone sophomore Matt Dobrilovic in just 25 seconds.

“I think in a dual meet it’s really important to set the kind of tone we set today,” Carrizales said. “You can see the other team deflate when you’re able to go out and do that right off the bat.

“Jake, our freshman 106 pounder, is a hammer. We can usually count on him to get a big win for us to start off any dual.”

Things continued to slipped away from the Wildcats. After a forfeit at 120 and James Dailey’s pin of senior Dylan Stiner, in 3:40, Keystone quickly found itself behind 24-0.

“After those early pins by Delta, I realized it was going to be a long day,” Keystone junior heavyweight Jason Bustance said. “I’m not going to lie; it was bad. I knew I had to out and try to keep my teammates’ heads up and be supportive. We had to just keep going and get through it.”

While the loss was rather lopsided, the Wildcats did have a few bright spots on the day.

In the 132 match, junior Logan Stiner finally got the Wildcats on the board with a 9-1 decision over freshman Dustin Marteney.

“It was a good feeling to get the team on the board, but it was kind of frustrating also, because I didn’t want to be the one to start it off for us,” Logan Stiner said. “I wanted to have someone else start it off for us. I knew that I had to step it up to show my team that we could do this.”

Sophomore Jacob Worthington continued his impressive season by earning a major decision over Conner Keller at 9-1 in the 182 pound match.

“I came out a little slow and sluggish, but I got the job done,” Worthington said. “He was balling up the whole time, so I wasn’t able to get the pin. I thought it would be a great confidence booster for the rest of our lineup, and it turned out to be just that for (Bustance).”

In the 220 pound match, Bustance earned the Wildcat’s only pin of the meet by pinning Delta’s Blake Parker in 5:33. Both teams forfeited the 285 pound match, so Bustance’s pin enabled Keystone to finish on a positive note.

“For me, personally, it was amazing to go out there, get a pin and be able to keep my head up afterward,” Bustance said. “I thank our coaches for giving me the option to let me move down and wrestle at 220, rather than take the forfeit at 285. It was a real good thing to do.”

Worthington felt that part of the reason for the lopsided final score was that some of his teammates viewed the regional championship, which the team earned Wednesday by defeating Kirtland, as the their ultimate goal.

“Our team was just happy to get here and didn’t come to wrestle, that’s how I felt,” Worthington said. “They felt that we got here, and we were done proving ourselves. It seemed like some of them just didn’t care anymore, because they already got here.”

Still, Pycraft believes the experience was great for his young team, which only has one senior on its roster, and will prove invaluable for next season and for the coming individual tournaments.

“A lot of our kids have never had the experience of being on the floor at a state tournament, so it was great for them to see it,” he said. “They were part of a big picture, and it was fun for them. A lot of them wanted to better than they did, but Delta had a solid team.”

Delta 59, Keystone 13

OHSAA Team Wrestling State Tournament

Division III Quarterfinal Match

106 — Jake Spiess (D) pin Daniel Cropp, 0:28; 113 — Alex Dailey (D) pin Matt Dobrilovic, 0:25; 120 — Kyle Keller (D) by forfeit; 126 — James Dailey (D) pin Dylan Stiner, 3:40; 132 — Logan Stiner (K) dec. Dustin Marteney; 138 — Christian Valentine (D) pin Chris McKenzie, 3:05; 145 — Tyler Fahrer (D) pin Ben Ochletree, 1:54; 152 — Todd Miller (D) pin Clay Hartley, 1:22; 160 — Seth Colvin (D) pin Joshua Fisher, 2:21; 170 — Jared Mattin (D) tech. fall Jeremy King, 18-5; 182 — Jacob Worthington (K) maj. dec. Conner Keller, 9-1; 195 — Devon Richards (D) pin Corbin Chizmadia, 5:17; 220 — Jason Bustance (K) pin Blake Parker, 5:33; HVY — double forfeit.

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Last Updated: 2/9/2013 9:58:35 PM EST

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