Wrestling: Douglas tops Wooster by virtue of tiebreaker
Douglas has been on the short end of a number of close matches this year, mostly due to giving up four to five forfeits per dual.
On Wednesday, though, the Tigers prevailed over Wooster by virtue of a tiebreaker thanks to their tenacity in scoring early takedowns throughout the night.
Douglas and Wooster finished the night knotted up at 30 points apiece and the first seven tiebreakers in the NFHS Wrestling Rulebook were insufficient to provide any separation between the two school.
Tiebreaker H, which gives the benefit to the most initial points scored in contested matches, had Douglas with a 10-6 advantage.
It was a surprise ending for a night that started out looking like a dominating Wooster win.
The night started out in the 132-pound weight class, where Wooster recorded a pin in 3:38 for the early 6-0 Colts lead.
Neither school provided a wrestler at 138 pounds, and Wooster’s John Jacobs picked up a pin in 3:01 at 145 pounds for the 12-0 lead.
Douglas’ Gio Baltazar got the Tigers on the board in the 152-pound class with an impressive pin in just 23 seconds to cut the lead to 12-6.
Wooster pins at 160, 171 and 182, though, lifted the Colts to a 30-6 lead.
Douglas standout Sullivan Cauley made short work of his opponent at 195 pounds, recording a pin in 54 seconds and improving to 24-2 on the year.
Cauley’s win cut the Wooster lead to 30-12. Senior Nick Lufrano had another key moment for the Tigers as he pinned his opponent in 1:33. That moved Douglas to within 12 at 30-18.
Wooster couldn’t provide a heavyweight wrestler, giving Douglas’ Ian Kendrick a forfeit win to bring the score to 30-24.
Both schools forfeited at 106, 113 and 120 and then Wooster forfeited to Douglas’ Logan Ames at 125 pounds to knot up the score at 30.
Officials and scorekeepers from the two teams poured over the rule book for approximately 10 minutes before Douglas was declared the winner.
That moved the Tigers to 1-3 on the year in Sierra League duals and 3-6 overall.
Douglas will host the annual Lions Club Invitational this weekend with wrestling starting at 9 a.m. and the finals expected to begin approximately around 6 p.m.