Two wrestlers place at Medina Tournament
Last week, the Dukes wrestling team competed in a tournament in Medina, one of the largest tournaments in the country.
More than 40 teams competed in the tournament, and Wellington had two grapplers place in the tournament.
Seniors Nick Sutherland (182) and Sam Rodgers (285) each placed in sixth place in their respective weight classes.
Senior Cody Alspach (170) won two matches in the tournament.
However, the rest of the Dukes wrestlers lost both of their matches.
“Sutherland came a long length and he found himself in this tournament,” head coach John Sedlick said. “He was struggling off and on, but he had a really good tournament. He knows he can do it, and he has the confidence to move on. Rodgers wanted to do well at Medina, and was a state qualifier last year. I’m sure he wanted to do better than sixth, but it’s a very tough competition.”
Sedlick said he had mixed feelings about the way the team performed.
“I was very pleased with the three guys that won matches,” he said. “I was pleased there. I wasn’t happy with the others not winning a match. It’s a tough competition, but a couple of our guys were good enough to win.”
Sedlick said some of the wrestlers who competed were brought to the tournament for the experience.
“They saw a great tournament and hopefully learned a lot from it,” he said. “Hopefully this was something they can learn from and strive for next season.”
Sedlick said all of the players battled and there were some close matches.
Sedlick said he feels the team learned a lot at the tournament and are headed in the right direction.
“We’re getting there, and we’re making progress,” he said. “If we just keep plugging away, we’ll get better.”
The Dukes travel to Firelands today for a dual meet at 6 p.m.
“(Firelands) is a developing team,” Sedlick said. “They’ve been tougher in years past. They’re rebuilding.”
After Firelands, the Dukes will travel to Chippewa on Friday and Saturday. The tournament begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and resumes at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
“It’s not like the Medina tournament, but there will be about 12 or so teams there,” Sedlick said. “There will be mostly Division III schools like us. We’ve won the tournament the last two years, but we don’t have all our weight classes filled at the moment, so that will hurt us.”