Garrettsville – The Garfield G-Men High School Wrestling Team competed at sectionals held at Beachwood High School this past weekend. This proved to be a rewarding day for several G-Men wrestlers, finishing 5th out of 11 teams, with only 7 wrestlers competing.
Leading off the G-men at 106# is Guy Peart. Guy was prelim favorite to battle for the 4th to 6th place, but instead he dominated the competition ending up in the finals only to bow out during the match with a shoulder injury.
Next to take the mat was Ryan Finney at 120#. Ryan was prelim favorite to finish in the third spot as he did, getting narrowly beaten by 14th ranked state wrestler.
Logan Kissel, wrestling at 126#, shocked the bracket finishing on top of the podium beating the 14th state ranked wrestler in the finals 5-0. Logan proudly holds the 13th state ranked position in Division III.
Noah Heim wrestled the 132# spot, giving up more than 15 pounds to the competition. Noah pinned his first opponent, however lost to the eventual tournament winner. Noah wrestled with true guts knowing the uphill battle he faced all day.
Matt Kuzniakowski wrestled at 138# and dominated his first opponent, then ran into the tournament #1 seed and eventual tournament winner. Matt finished third.
Ben Nowak wrestled 145# weight and too had a tough day starting with the #1 seed, but finished very strong in the 5th place.
Austin Mangeri rounds out the team at 160#. Austin also started the day facing the #1 seed and fighting back through the consolation bracket. Austin finished in the 5th place, as an alternate for districts.
The district tournament will be held at Garfield Heights High School March 6 and 7th. The top 4 finishers in each weight move on to the state tournament. Qualifying for districts was Guy Peart, Ryan Finney, Logan Kissel and Matt Kuzniakowski. Ben and Austin qualified as alternates. Good luck G-Men!