BW wrestlers finish 8th at Licking Heights Invitational

By Ben Stroup -

Big Walnut’s Matt Halbakken, Bailey Munday and Josh Halbakken reached the podium over the weekend, finishing first, second and third, respectively, at Saturday’s 45th annual Licking Heights Invitational.

Matt Halbakken (138) pinned his first opponent in 44 seconds, beat his second 12-3 and doubled up Thomas Worthington’s Garrett Coleman 6-3 in the semifinal. He then outlasted Fairfield Union’s Ethan Miller 11-9 in the championship.

Munday (113) pinned his first three opponents, the first in just 37 seconds, before falling to Whitehall’s Branham Kipruto 10-8 in overtime in the championship.

Josh Halbakken (132), meanwhile, beat Thomas Worthington’s Chase Haimerl 13-9 in his third-place match.

The Golden Eagles, who collected 86.5 points, finished eighth among the 20 teams in action.

OCC Dual vs.

Delaware Hayes

The Pacers’ big boys had a big night last Thursday in Delaware.

With the Hayes wrestling team trailing 9-4 three matches in, the squad claimed six points in each of the seven heaviest weight classes to grab a lead and parlayed it into a solid 58-21 OCC-Capital Division dual-meet win over visiting Big Walnut.

Forfeit wins at 152 (Garrett Young) and 285 (Paul Lance) sandwiched five straight pins. Greg Brusco (160) started the parade of pins by forcing the Golden Eagles’ Kyle Humphries to the mat in 2:12. Max Wright (170) then pinned Carson Dearth in 2:31, Carter Davidson (182) pinned Phillip Roberto in 27 seconds, Jakota Carter (195) brought down Nathan Hadden in 56 seconds and Chris Martinez (220) pinned Tyler Hogg in 3:15 to punctuate the surge.

The Pacers’ Zach Williams (106) kept the run going, pinning the Eagles’ Trevor Ambrose in 1:56, before Big Walnut picked up points in two of the final three weight classes to smooth out the scoring summary.

Jalill Barnes (132) also had a hand in the win, handling BW’s Josh Halbakken 17-4 in the first match of the evening.

Eagle winners included Cole Foster (126), who pinned the Pacers’ Jason Dominguez in 2:20; Matt Halbakken (138), who outlasted Ian Mayberry 13-6 in double overtime; and Josh Parker, who pinned Jake Henley in 4:50. Quinton Davis (113), meanwhile, won via forfeit.

By Ben Stroup

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