Margaretta junior Caleb Stockmaster has impeccable timing.
Not only did he earn an individual crown to typify a strong season, but he achieved a little career validation with the same brush stroke Saturday. Stockmaster pinned Oak Harbor’s Kian Thompson in 1 minute, 39 seconds at 160 pounds in the finals of the Sandusky Bay Conference Tournament for his 100th varsity win.
“It feels good,” Stockmaster said. “It wasn’t at a smaller meet. It was at an important meet and I’m glad it happened here. I’m glad it happened as a junior. I’m going to aim for 150 now.”
Margaretta coach Keith Taylor has watched Stockmaster’s confidence grow.
“With most of the guys on the team it’s getting that swagger,” Taylor said of development. “It’s a chip on your shoulder in a way. We preached all week how special an SBC title is.”
Stockmaster may have started thinking about 100 wins after a sectional victory over returning state qualifier and senior Ty Schrader, of Plymouth, to qualify to districts as a freshman.
“I upset him and it was a great feeling to be there,” Stockmaster said.
Stockmaster, however, is not particularly fond of the memories from his sophomore campaign. He lost to Norwalk St. Paul’s Jess Gross 5-3 in overtime in the semifinals at sectionals before falling to Galion’s Nick Flowers 7-6 in the match to advance to the match for third.
“My year ended in a sour note,” he said. “When I think about it, it upsets me. I’m trying to move on and use it to do better and hopefully go to state.”
Stockmaster is a well-rounded wrestler, although he’s not very round to look at, with his lean, lanky frame.
“Caleb is good in all aspects — on his feet or on the mat,” Taylor said. “He’s not extravagant, just solid and technical. He wrestles six hard minutes. Caleb will just as easily win a one-point match. He’s always in control.
“He goes from one move to the next.”
Stockmaster treats victories the same way.