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Plymouth runners-up at Terry Munroe Invitational

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 19, 2019 at 7:28 PM

COLLINS — The Plymouth wrestling team finished runners-up to Shelby in the shortened Terry Munroe Invitational on Friday at Western Reserve.

Because of Saturday’s winter storm that dumped heavy snowfall on the region, the tournament was shortened from two days to one — and switched to a pool-style meet.

The Whippets finished 13 points ahead of Plymouth, as Shelby had all 14 weight classes filled to the Big Red’s 12.

For the first time this season, Plymouth finished with three individual champions at the same tournament.

Keith Tuttle won the 120-pound weight class, while Zach Oney (152) and Dylan Van Fleet (22) also finished as individual champs.

Also for Plymouth, Nick Roberts (103) and Peyton Young (170) both placed second. Jacob Echelbarger (132), Noah Trimmer (138), Jason Swank (182) each finished third, while Camden Welch (160), Adler Horne (195) and Breydan Allen (285) each placed fourth.

Plymouth coach Jeremiah Balkin had challenged his kids after a performance against Ontario and Mt. Gilead on Wednesday.

“We did not have our best night on Wednesday and I expressed to the kids that we can wrestle with a little more intensity,” Balkin said. “The boys stepped up and wrestled as a team, almost edging out a larger school like Shelby.

“Keith and Zach received their first high school titles, while Dylan continues to improve and win close matches,” he added. “This is his second title. Only having one senior and a good eighth grade class, the future is bright for the Big Red.”

For host Western Reserve, Jacob Martz, Aidan Fry-Silva, and Tyler Ramage all were champions of their weight classes. Martz earned the 100th victory of his career, while Fry-Silva and Ramage were voted Most Valuable Wrestlers for the lower and higher weights.

Devin Good also finished runners-up for the Roughriders.

Western Reserve is at the Division III duals hosted by St. Mary Central Catholic on Friday and Saturday. Plymouth is off until Jan. 30 when it visits New London for a quad with Loudonville and Port Clinton.

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