To say that Evan Ulinski is on top of his game would be a safe statement.
Ulinski (38-0) picked up a 10-2 major decision in the 113-pound championship match over Damian D’Emilio (48-6) of Genoa to pace Woodmore to a third-place finish at the Northern Buckeye Conference wrestling meet Saturday.
Genoa won the team title with 161 points while Otsego came in second with 138.5 points. Fostoria finished fourth (95), Rossford fifth (94.5), Elmwood sixth (93), Lake seventh (74), and Eastwood eighth (54.5).
Ulinski’s early takedown and nearfall in the first minute set the tone. He added an escape and takedown in the second period to put any doubt away. In the process, Ulinski set a school record with his 171st career victory.
“I was confident and felt good today,” Ulinski said. “I wrestled hard and it went about how I expected. I’m happy and grateful and thankful to my coaches and teammates.”
Ulinski knocked off Corbin Camp of Otsego via fall in 2 minutes, 19 seconds.
Woodmore coach Dane Bonningson had nothing but praise for Ulinski, who was also named the conference wrestler of the year.
“It made me feel real good,” he said. “It’s good for Evan to get recognized for his accomplishments.”
Thomas Schnitiker (31-8) came up just short for the Wildcats at 106. He lost a 4-1 decision to Damon Keister (26-1) of Lake in the championship match. Schnitiker topped Josh Bierly of Eastwood via fall in 20 seconds in the first round before pinning Tanner Krotzer of Rossford in 2:33 in the semifinals.
Woodmore’s Spencer Linke (20-17) lost in the 195-pound championship match against Zach Zuhlsdorf (32-12), losing via pinfall in 2:21. Linke had defeated Mason Sibrel via fall in 1:46 in the semifinals after a first round bye.
“We were happy overall with how we performed today,” Bonnigson said. “We had eight places which is 2⁄3of the guys we brought here. We were pleased with that.”
Josh Cowell (120 pounds), Skyler Brown (126), Tony Rozzi (145), Seth Gaghen and (152) all picked up third place showings for Woodmore.
Cowell (23-10) defeated Eastwood’s Eli Brown in the consolation final by fall in 2:53. Cowell had lost to Lake’s Christian Goldsmith in the semifinals via major decision, 18-7.
Brown (20-18) topped Adam Bates of Genoa in the consolation final, via 10-4 decision. Brown lost to eventual 126-pound champ, CJ Ball of Rossford in the semifinals.
Rozzi (33-7) defeated Fostoria’s Xavier Galvan by fall at 3:23 after losing to Dylan Hall in the semifinals by fall at 3:00. Rozzi also defeated Galvan in the first round, pinning him in 1:31.
Gaghen (24-12) defeated Riley Tercha of Otsego by decision, 2-0 after losing to Fostoria’s Keegan Green in the semifinals by decision, 5-4.
“We’re really wrestling as a team,” Bonnigson said. “Everyone is improving and we’re optimistic about postseason in a few weeks.”