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Five individual champs lead Norwalk to Calvert Invite title

By MARK HAZELWOOD Reflector Sports Editor [email protected] • Feb 10, 2019 at 11:51 AM

TIFFIN — Behind the strength of five individual champions and seven placers, Norwalk edged Oregon Clay by 3.5 points to win the Gene Kimmet Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Calvert High School in Tiffin.

The Truckers finished with 215 points, which was just ahead of Clay (211.5) and Wauseon (211) in the 14-team field.

Winning individual titles for Norwalk included Corbin Ott at 113 pounds, along with Ethan Hernandez (160), D.J. Smith (170), Alec Maloney (220) and Tche Leroux (285).

Also for the Truckers, freshman Andrew Olaniyan was fourth at 132 and Drew Yourkvitch was sixth at 152.

Norwalk is at the Sandusky Bay Conference championships on Saturday at Lakota High School.

At 113, Ott racked up five bonus-point wins en route to his title. In the pool format, Ott (12-6) won three times by pin, all in under 58 seconds, to go with an 18-3 technical fall win. In the final against Hopewell-Loudon’s Blake Hoover, Ott cruised to a 12-2 major decision.

Hernandez continued his impressive season and career for the Truckers by also dominating the field at 160. Hernandez (37-3) was on the mat for a total of 6:26 over the course of his four victories by pin. He also had a bye and a forfeit prior to pinning Cory-Rawson’s Deontae’ Davis in 53 seconds in the finals.

At 170, Smith’s late season surge continued with four victories, also all by pin in a total of 8:47 of mat time. Smith (25-10) pinned Findlay Liberty-Benton’s Race Gorrell at the 3:35 mark in the finals.

Maloney (35-4) continued the dominance for the Truckers at 220. He had three victories by pin that totaled just 4:58 of mat time, and added a 16-1 tech. fall. He pinned Liberty-Benton’s Dylan Mersch in 2:17 in the semifinals, then won by default over Wauseon’s Aaron Harris in the finals.

Leroux buzzed through his first four opponents before edging Carey’s Ethan Schlack in the finals at 285. Leroux (28-5) won by default, then needed just 2:21 of mat time in three consecutive pins to reach the final, where he scored a 4-3 decision over Schlack.

Norwalk now turns its attention to the postseason trail to the state championships, first starting with the Sandusky Bay Conference championships on Saturday at Lakota High School.

The Truckers will then compete in the Division II Sandusky sectionals, then host the Div. II district prior to state.

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