Make it 11 for Marysville wrestling.
For the second straight year in a row, the Vikings wrestling team took the team wrestling district title, pushing their grand total up to 11.
The Vikings topped Armada in the district finals, 45-21, after topping St. Clair in a 75-0 semifinal match. Armada got to the finals via bye.
While Marysville head coach Rocky Palazzolo thought the finals was closer than expected, he still likes where his team and their health is at right now.
“I’m very happy, we’ve got our lineup together for the first time,” Palazzolo said. “And I didn’t wrestle everybody at the right weights today, I kind of messed with it a little bit … but we’re at full strength, or as full as we can be right now.”
Cody French (125), Doug Ferrier (1:14), Nino Bastianelli (140) and Dan Bell (215) all won with pins for the Vikings, and senior Thomas Woolman brought the much-needed energy to the mostly quiet finals.
“I think he was just a good team player today,” Palazzolo said. “He went out and wrestled and did his job, and he was one of the few guys who had energy in here today. You could hear crickets in here sometimes … so we need to work on that a little bit.”
Armada had two pin wins, coming from Robert Nowik (130) and Trevor Scholtz (160). Even though the Tigers walked away with the loss, Armada head coach Dan Coenen loved what he saw against a tough opponent.
“I knew we were going against a tough Marysville team, and we hung in there,” Coenen said. “We lost a couple close matches, and it could’ve been a little closer.”
Moving forward, Coenen is expecting more success in years to come with a team that graduates just four seniors.
“As of tonight, out final record is 16-11, so we finished with a winning record and won a couple tournaments,” Coenen said. “We have a lot of freshman and sophomores, so I’m hoping for next year we can develop and become more and more competitive.”
St. Clair looks to bright future
Marysville took it to St. Clair to start the evening, winning 75-0.
Kyle French (119) had the fastest pin at 40 seconds, and Doug Ferrier (135), Thomas Wheelman (171), Dante Chrcek (189) and Austin Keeley (285) also won with pins for the Vikings. Wyatt Grimes (130) and Nino Bastianelli (140) also had technical fall wins.
While the results was lopsided on the scoreboard, St. Clair head coach Mike Davis saw great strides in his young team compared to earlier in the season.
“We wrestled these guys in our first dual of the year, and they hammered us pretty well,” Davis said. “We wrestled them (well), and the score may not have shown it. Kids who got pinned in the first 30 seconds (earlier in the year) went the distance.”
Davis also mentioned the program’s bright future, adding that the middle school program saw 35 wrestlers this year. Even though Wednesday didn’t have the result they wanted, the Saints are looking forward to reaching higher.
“A lot of growth, most of these guys are either first or second year high school wrestlers,” Davis said. “We only have one senior on the team (Santino Lawrence) … the majority of our guys are sophomores.”