MANSFIELD – Two individual championships, a pair of runners-up and a third-place finish as a team highlighted the Little Giant wrestling team’s weekend at the J.C. Gorman Invitational.
As strong as Ross’ showing was, it could have been even better if the team hadn’t wrestled shorthanded.
“We had three wrestlers away on a church retreat this weekend (and) Charles Chapman is out with a pulled lower hamstring,” coach Chad Hetrick said. “If we have these kids in our lineup, the team would definitely be sitting in the second position.”
The Little Giants won a pair of weight class championships, as DeShea Pettiford won his bracket at 145 pounds and Jackson Weissinger won at 160.
“Deshea Pettiford (is) wrestling tough, working hard towards one of his goals – most takedowns in a season – he has well over a 115 at this point,” Hetrick said. “Jackson Weissinger worked hard throughout the tournament. Meeting up with Justin Mayes, from Bellevue, that is ranked fifth in Division 3, in the finals and won a 4-3 decision.”
Carter Smith advanced to the championship match at 126 pounds and Caleb wood did the same at 220, where they both finished runner-up in their respective brackets.
“The majority of the kids wrestled well,” Hetrick said. “Carter Smith had an excellent tournament. Hopefully it was a confidence-builder for him to move on.
“Caleb Wood walked his way through the tournament where he faced Josh Beaver, from Ashland, No. 1 in Division 1, where he defeated Wood for the 3rd time this season.”
Keaton Jordan returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury last year. Knocking off the rust, he had a strong tournament, compiling a 4-3 record for the weekend at 152 pounds and finished sixth.
Brandon Garcia went 3-2 at 170 pounds before having to default due to injury. Ryan Weaver (138 pounds) went 1-2 on the weekend while Yuseef Atkins (106) and Garrett Haeusser (120) both went 0-2.
Fremont Ross J.C. Gorman Invitational
Weight Class Champions:
145 – Deshea Pettiford
160 – Jackson Weissinger
126 – Carter Smith
220 – Caleb Wood
152 – Keaton Jordan
106 – Yuseef Atkins 0-2
120 – Garrett Haeusser 0-2
138 – Ryan Weaver 1-2
170 – Brandon Garcia 3-2