After graduating nine seniors that held varsity spots on the Oak Hill wrestling team last year, people were surprised to see that the team was still able to hold strong.
“This season has been a real surprise. Last year we graduated nine varsity seniors off of the varsity squad, so we didn’t know what to expect coming back,” head coach Andrew King said. “We knew we would lose nine of the fourteen positions. We knew we had a couple freshman that had some talent. We knew we had some underclassmen that were going to be juniors and sophomores that had little to no varsity experience. How good they are, you just don’t know until they go out and wrestle.”
The Oak Hill wrestling team ended their season with an undefeated dual meet record. They finished second to Western High School at the Western Invite, but won every other tournament that they were in. They also finished second behind Western at sectionals.
Four of the Oak Hill wrestlers are moving onto semi-state after placing in the top four at regionals. If they are able to win two matches at semi-state, they will also be able to move onto the state wrestling meet.
The boys continued to work hard during their practices in preparation to go to semi-state Saturday, Feb. 10th. For some of the boys, this will be their first time going to semi-state.
Bradley Rossman (jr) wrestles at 170 pounds. After placing fourth at regionals Rossman will be moving onto semi-state. In his first round, he will be facing someone who placed first at their regionals.
“It definitely is intimidating having to go up against a one seat,” said Rossman. “It’s just kind of scary, but it’s a good challenge.”
At semi-state, wrestlers who place first or fourth at their regionals will face each other in their first round, and those who placed either second or third will face each other.
This will be freshman, Harper Dedman’s first time at semi-state.
“It’s been a good year,” said Dedman. “I’ve had some loses, had some wins. It’s been a good year, but you can always do better, though.”
Stewart Mossholder (jr) who wrestles at 195 pounds, and Aiden Hardcastle (fr), who wrestles at 106 pounds, are also moving onto semi-state.
Semi state will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10 in New Haven at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, and the state finals will be held the following Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.