BY DONALD EMMONS
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
COLUMBUS — Delta did it again.
The defending Division III state wrestling team dual meet champion collected another title by scoring a 40-26 come-from-behind victory over Dayton Christian on Saturday at Ohio State’s St. John Arena.
The Panthers trailed 23-11 in the match before 160-pound senior Tyler Fahrer began a string of five straight wins by a pin for Delta. Todd Miller (170), Ryan Patchin (182), Mark Francis (195), and Devon Richards (220) followed Fahrer's lead, and the rest was repeat history for the Panthers.
"I knew I had to do something, and I knew I had to get bonus points, so I just went out there and did my thing and got a pin," Fahrer said, regarding his pin of Dayton Christian's George Hall at the 1:14 mark of their match.
The Panthers, who put on Back 2 Back Dual State Champs shirts when it was clear they’d won, became the only repeat state dual team champion with the win over Dayton Christian. Massillon Perry claimed its first state dual team title by defeating Brecksville 48-9 in the D-I final and Graham Local topped Claymont 35-24 to win the D-II title.
"We're real proud of our big guys for taking care of their business," Delta coach Anthony Carrizales said, referring to the five Panthers that recorded the match-deciding pins. "We figured on our big guys being able to rally at the end. To be able to pound out those pins, you always hope, but we weren't necessarily counting on that."
Miller pinned Jonathan Carr with 19 seconds remaining in their 170-pound match. He led 9-2 and was well on his way to a win when he put Carr on his back and tied the score at 23.
"This is awesome because last year was the first year to do it and to do it again this year as a senior, is really cool and a good way to end my senior year," Miller said.
The Panthers made it look like a leisurely stroll through the park during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
The Panthers opened the day with a 70-8 thumping of Blanchester in the quarterfinals and followed that with a 65-6 rout of Massillon Tuslaw in a semifinal.
Eight Panthers entered the final against Dayton Christian having already scored two pins earlier in the day.
However, winning didn't come so easily early on against Dayton Christian.
Delta's Drew Mattin, who scored a pin in the quarterfinal and semifinal, was dealt a roadblock in the finals when Hunter Bray won the 106-pound match with a 6-0 decision.
Delta's individual state champion Jake Spiess had to go the distance against Christian Clary in order to score a 6-0 decision.
Dayton Christian's Michael May pulled off perhaps the upset of the day by pinning Delta's Kyle Keller at the 3:10 mark. Keller, an individual state champion, was comfortably ahead 8-1 when an attempt to pin May backfired and the referee ruled May had reversed the move for the pin. Keller was stunned by the call and left the mat upset about the ruling.
"I wasn't happy with it and I thought it was a little bit quick," Carrizales said. "I would rather him have this happen now than at the individual state tournament.
"As far as I'm concerned, he's the better wrestler in that match. He was winning, and he was winning for a reason."
The Panthers responded with back-to-back major decision victories by Noah Mattin (126) and Dustin Marteney (132) to regain a 11-9 lead in the match. Mattin dominated Josh Clary for a 16-7 win and Marteney dealt Seth Bell a 12-2 defeat.
Alex Becker put Dayton Christian back on top by a point when he defeated Christian Valentine 6-2 at 138 pounds.
Nick Vestal gave the Warriors an 18-11 lead by pinning Travis Barnes at the 1:14 mark to win at 145.
Dayton Christian's Jacob Danishek scored an 18-3 win over Jesse Beverly at 152.
But that's where the Warriors' momentum came to an end.
BY MARK MONROE
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
DELTA — A wrestling brotherhood has been built in this town with a foundation of hustle, toughness, and tradition.
Delta has become one of the top Division III wrestling teams in the state. The Panthers are the defending D-III team dual meet champions, winning the title in the format’s first season last winter.
Delta also has produced 11 individual state champions since 1989. Sophomore Jake Spiess became the latest in that long line when he won a title in the 106-pound weight class last season.
Coach Anthony Carrizales, who won a state title himself for Delta in 1999, said a focus on fundamentals and top-level conditioning also are cornerstones that make up Panther wrestling.
“It’s a way of life in Delta,” said Carrizales, who is in his fourth season as head coach after serving as an assistant for three. “I remember my dad taking me to watch wrestling, and it was something where I looked up to the older guys. Here it’s something we do pretty good, and a tradition has evolved. It’s a brotherhood with the guys on the good teams. It’s fun winning. When you can be part of something that, it is special. It’s addicting.”
The Panthers won team titles in the individual state tournament in 1989, 1996, 1998, and 1999. Delta, which has a 22-1 dual meet record this season, finished second to Troy Christian by 13 points last season.
Ten wrestlers who led Delta to a decisive win in the dual meet state championship, a 52-17 triumph over Tuslaw, are back. Four members went on to compete at the state individual tournament.
Senior Tyler Fahrer, who placed third at state, has a 32-1 record at 160. Senior Kyle Keller, who was fourth at state at 120, is 33-4 at 126.
Sophomore Dustin Marteney qualified for state as a freshman along with Spiess. Marteney (31-4 at 138) placed eighth.
“It’s been really awesome to be a part of it,” said Spiess (29-0), who has wreslted at 113 and 120. “I always watched the high school kids and that kept pushing me to get better and better.”
Carrizales won a state championship at 130 in 1999 as a senior. He is one of about 15 former Delta wrestlers who have come back to help run the program, which includes a youth club and middle school teams.
“When you have guys running the teams that were state champions or runners-up, that quality of coaching is a good recipe for success,” Carrizales said.
Keller said Delta wrestling has been part of his life since he was 4.
“It’s amazing because you look back, and you were that little kid always dreaming of the spot you are in now,” Keller said. “It’s a huge honor to wrestle for Delta. It’s really great to see the accomplishments and how far we’ve gotten.”
Carrizales said the former wrestlers have continued the philosophy ingrained in them by their former coach, Robin Rayfield.
“We have an identity where it’s good fundamentals and tough wrestling,” he said. “It’s more of an attack and being aggressive. It’s about being in good shape. Hustle and toughness are two of the biggest things we preach.”
He said longtime dedication to the sport has positioned his team to make history by winning both state wrestling team titles this season.
He said 13 have the potential to qualify for the state individual meet.
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“Maybe that isn’t necessarily realistic, but I would think we should get 10 or 11 if we have a few hiccups or bad breaks,” Carrizales said.
Senior Christian Valentine (22-11 at 145), senior Todd Miller (29-7 at 170), and junior Ryan Patchin (9-3 at 182) all were district qualifiers last season.
Heavyweight Chance Veller (9-5) was fifth at districts as a freshman.
Four freshmen who had successful junior high careers also have the potential to qualify: Drew Mattin (30-1 at 106), Noah Mattin (27-4 at 132), Jesse Beverly (29-5 at 152), and Colin Hoffman (21-3 at 113).
Sophomore Ross Rayfield is 23-2 at 106. Senior Conner Keller (18-7) and junior Mark Francis (17-8) compete at 195.
At 220, sophomore Devon Richard is 27-7, while senior heavyweight Blake Parker is 10-14.
Keller said they all follow the philosophy of not getting outworked.
“Our coaches really emphasize toughness and the hustle,” Keller said. “They want us to prove to everyone that we are from Delta. We go at it in practice. You can’t get out-conditioned or out-toughed.”
Only 22 wrestlers have been four-time state champions in Ohio.
“I’ve thought about it,” he said. “I know what I have to do. I have to keep pushing myself. You have to have mental urgency if you want it. I’ve seen everyone working hard to get down to [state].”
One of the most tangible elements of the Delta wrestling tradition is “The Barn.”
The modest facility is a wrestling room created by Delta’s first state champion, Michael Mattin, who is now a physician at Flower Hospital. The 1989 champ also is president of the Panthers’ youth club.
Mattin constructed the wrestling room, complete with two mats, in a barn on his property.
“It’s extra supplemental space,” Carrizales said. “Practice space is pretty limited at the high school. So the kids can go out there and get a workout in. He runs the biddy club there, too.”
Keller said the barn includes jump ropes, climbing ropes, a peg board, boxes to jump on as well as medicine balls.
“The barn is a great facility,” Keller said. “It’s open to all of us to get a workout in. It has everything we need.”
Carrizales said nearly all of the 26 high school wrestlers went through the biddy program and worked out at the barn. About 80 kids are involved in the youth club.
“That’s good numbers for a small town like Delta,” he said.
The Panthers have won the Springfield Invitational and Maumee Bay Classic titles this season. They placed second at the Perrysburg Invitational and at the Brecksville tournament.
Delta’s only dual meet loss was against Detroit Catholic Central that came down to tiebreaker rules.
The team must get through Oak Harbor and Ayersville in the regional dual tournament to return to the eight-team state meet Feb. 8. The Panthers will shoot for their first team title since 1999 in the individual state meet Feb. 27-March 1.
“It would be great for our whole program [to win both team titles],” Carrizales said. “We have an awesome program from top to bottom. It's about the kids and letting them reach their goals.”
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Last year, Delta won the team state title in Division III and was runners-up in the individual state tournament. While obviously bolstered by two underclass transfers – junior Ryan Patchin (182), a state qualifier in 2012, and sophomore Chance Vellor (285), last year a state alternate – the Panthers still are starting four freshmen and four sophomores on a week-to-week basis.
Delta had a very solid runner-up finish at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament, placing seven wrestlers in arguably the state’s toughest tournament other than the Ironman; and that was before Patchin and Vellor were eligible to compete after the transfer. Last weekend, they were a narrow second place to Perrysburg at the Perrysburg Invitational, even though they had six champions and placed wrestlers in all fourteen weight classes.
This past Wednesday, the Panthers went up to Michigan and took on No. 18 Detroit Catholic Central in a dual meet. Said dual meet ended in a 36-36 draw, with the squads splitting seven weight classes apiece; however, the host Shamrocks won on the eighth criteria, which is most first points scored. Even though Detroit Catholic Central was without multiple projected starters, it was still an impressive outcome. For full results of the dual meet, http://www.trackwrestling.com/dualmeets/DualMeetDetail.jsp?dualMeetId=6516076
Then, over the weekend, Delta traveled to Oregon Clay for the Maumee Bay Classic. Even without the services of freshman Noah Mattin (126), who is projected to place high in the Division III state tournament, the Panthers were able to win a back-and-forth battle with the hosts from Oregon Clay by a single point (228-1/2 to 227-1/2). Each team had six finalists and ten overall placers.
The champion Panthers had wrestlers win titles in three weight classes: state champion Jake Spiess (113), with a 3-0 win over returning state qualifier Jake Donahue (Massillon); two-time state placer Kyle Keller (120), who beat state placer Collin Dees (Perry) 6-3; and three-time state placer Tyler Fahrer (160), whose pin at 7:47 in the tiebreaker against Nick Stencel (Oregon Clay) earned him Oustanding Wrestler honors. Another trio of Panthers finished as runners-up: freshman Drew Mattin (106), even after pinning state qualifier Jake Adkins (Johnstown Northridge) in the semis; freshman Jesse Beverly (145), even after beating returning state placer Heath Lange (145) 7-4 in the semis; and Ryan Patchin (182).
The Delta Panthers celebrate their Maumee Bay Classic title Saturday night at Clay High School. The Panthers won by a single point over defending champ Clay.
In a tournament where the top two teams fought for every point, Delta needed every one of them to take the Maumee Bay Classic team title away host Oregon Clay Saturday night.
On the strength of Tyler Fahrer’s overtime pin of Clay’s Nick Stencel in the 160-pound championship match, the Panthers edged the three-time defending champion Eagles by the slimmest of margins, 228.5 to 227.5. Rounding out the top five were Perry, with 194 points, Amherst Steele, 109.5 points, and Central Crossing, 198.5 points.
The makeup of Delta's wrestling team looks a lot like last year.
That group of Panthers captured the Division III state team championship.
Ten of the wrestlers who competed in the state championship final against Tuslaw — a 52-17 triumph for Delta — are back.
Four members of that team went on to compete at state individual tournament.
It all makes Delta a clear favorite to finish on top of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
"Hands down, we're a better team than last year," Delta coach Anthony Carrizales said.
Wauseon and Archbold, who also have several returners, figure to also be quite competitive.
"Delta will be very tough for anyone in our league to match up with in a dual meet," Archbold coach Brian Becher said. "I expect Delta to have close to 10 state qualifiers."
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The Delta wrestling team continued to impress at the Swanton quad meet on Thursday, picking up a huge win against Archbold and another against the Bulldogs. However, probably their biggest win of the meet was against the Streaks where they defeated them handily, 55-10.“I would say that Archbold is a good team so I thought the score might be a little closer. But the thing is, our boys really started off the year wrestling well against Springfield and they continued it into this week,” Delta coach Anthony Carrizales said.On the other end of the spectrum, the match only made the Streaks aware of how far away they are from being at or near the top of the NWOAL.
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|Springfield Tournament||12/6/13 - 12/7/13||4:00pm||Springfield|
|North Canton Hoover||61-11||W||8-0|
JV Whitmer Tournament
|12/7/13||10:00am||Whitmer High School|
Varsity B team versus Antwerp
|Varsity B team versus Fairview||18-54||L|
|Patrick Henry||12/19/13||6:00pm||Patrick Henry||60-18||W||12-0|
|Varsity B Tournament at Montpelier Ironhorse||12/28/13||10:00am||Montpelier||2nd place as a team|
|Brecksville Holiday Tournament||
|10:00am||Brecksville, Ohio High School||2nd place as a team|
|Brian Stultz Memorial Tournament||1/4/14||9:00am||Delta|
|Perrysburg Invitational Tournament||
|4:00pm||Perrysburg High School||2nd place as a team|
|Detroit Central Catholic||1/15/14||6:00pm||Detroit Central Catholic High School Novi, Michigan||36-36||Tie|
|Maumee Bay Classic Tournament||
|11:00am||Clay High School||1st as a team|
|JV Tournament Lake||1/18/14||10:00am||Lake High School||4th place as a team|
|State Dual Regional Quarterfinals||1/22/14||6:00pm||Delta|
|State Dual Regional Semi-finals and Finals||1/29/14||6:00pm||Delta|
|State Dual Semi-Finals and Finals||2/8/14||11:00am||Columbus, Ohio St. John Arena||
|3:00pm||BGSU Stroh Center|
|State Individual Tournament||2/27/14-3/1/14||3:00pm||Ohio State University|
Delta Wrestling Hall of Fame
Two-Time State Champions
Year: 2004 & 2005
Years: 1997 & 1999
Years: 1996 & 1997
Years: 1990 & 1991
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100 Wins Club
Collegiate All American
Rob Sintobin 4th 275 1994
National Collegiate Wrestling Association
Dean Lutton 2nd 158 1998
Asics All American Team Members
Jamison Moss 145 2005
Dean Taylor Hwt 1999
High School Senior Nationals
Dean Taylor 1st 275 1999
Anthony Carrizales 4th 130 1999
High School All Americans (Fargo)
Jamison Moss 7th 2003
Dean Shuler 7th 1997
Derrick Yant 8th 2006
Fila World Championships
Derrick Yant 1st 2007
Derrick Yant 1st 2008
High School All Americans
(Reno Tournament of Champions)
Name Place Year
Adam Sintobin 1st 1998
Dean Taylor 1st 1998
Anthony Carrizales 2nd 1998
Dean Shuler 5th 1998
Danny Carrizales 5th 1998
State Runner up
Team District Champions
1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007,2008
Team Sectional Champions
1974, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003,2008