Newark senior Dan Pastorius picked up his fourth championship of the winter at Sheridan when he beat Division III state qualifier Josh Leasure of Amanda-Clearcreek 7-6 in the 182-pound finals.
“He’s come close to beating these kinds of guys, and this was his first time to beat one,” coach Jose Martinez said. “It was a big step for him. His only losses (Pastorius is 28-4) have come to state qualifiers and one of them was close to the kid ranked No. 1 in Division II.”
Pastorius has also won titles at the Mount Vernon Wazie Classic, St. Clairsville and Barnesville. He’s nearing some Newark records, like pins in a season and career pins, as well as 100 career wins.
“We want to break through and get that kid to the state. We’ve been so close before,” Martinez said.
A couple of newcomers for the Wildcats, Braden Smith and Wade Stischok, have shown improvement.
“This is Braden’s first year of wrestling, and he’s wrestling up 10 pounds at 170,” Martinez said. “He’s 13-12, which is good considering this is his first year and he’s giving up 10 pounds.”
Martinez said Stischok, a transfer from Northridge, has been facing tough draws at 152. He went 3-2 and placed fifth at Sheridan.
“He lost to a state qualifier at Troy, and he’s had bad luck, usually facing the No. 1 or No. 2 guy,” Martinez said. “It’s hurt his record a little bit.”