COLUMBUS – Blanchester senior Clayton Schirmer will wrestle for sevenh place at 152 pounds Saturday in the Division III OHSAA State Wrestling Championship at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.
Meanwhile, teammate James Peters saw his season end when he was pinned by Hunter Braithwaite of West Jefferson in 2:30.
“He’s a good kid,” BHS assistant coach Travis Boyd said of Peters. “He’ll be back here next year, ready to make a statement. He won’t want what just happened to happen again.”
Peters finishes the season with a 47-5 record.
Competing in the 220-pound weight class, Peters dropped a 4-1 decision to Wil Morrow of Hamler Patrick Henry earlier on Friday.
“That kid wrestled (James’) his style, just a little more athletic,” Nicely said. “The kid was quick and athletic like James, just a little slicker (on this day).”
Peters was down 2-0 in the first and scored an escape to start the second period but was never able to get anything going offensively against Morrow.
In his final match of the day on Friday, Schirmer was decisioned by Ryan Marvin of Swanton 3-2 in the consolation quarterfinal round. He’ll wrestle for seventh place Saturday morning.
The BHS senior opened his Friday wrestling with a gut-wrenching 5-4 loss to Beau Lefever of Ashland Mapleton, who scored a reversal as time expired in their 152-pound match.
Schirmer trailed 2-0 late in the first period of his match with Lefever. Schirmer tied things at 2-2 going into the third period.
Lefever scored an escape for a 3-2 lead at the 1:25 mark. The two tangled until Schirmer came up with a takedown with 14 seconds to go. In a precarious position, Schirmer was unable to hold off Lefever who scored as time expired. The officials conversed about the timing of Lefever’s reversal and agreed it was before the buzzer.
“It was really close,” Blanchester coach Jamie Tissandier said.
Nicely knows a defeat such as the one Schirmer suffered can be the undoing of some athletes.
“The realization that your next loss and you’re done … we’ll have to do a magic trick psychology-wise to get his head back straight,” said Nicely. “We’ll tell him it’s time to go out there and have fun. No pressure, go out and let it rip, tater chip.”
It must have worked because Schirmer came back with an impressive 6-2 winning performance against Andrew Knaup of Zanesville West Muskingum.
Schirmer went right out and grabbed a 2-0 first period lead, posted a reversal in the second and another takedown in the third period of an active match.
“Coaches said I started a little slow (in previous matches) so I needed to pick up the pace earlier in the match,” said Schirmer.
Schirmer added, with a smile, “I did … I guess the coaches are always right.”
For Schirmer now the trick will be to strive for a higher placement and not be satisfied with a top eight finish.
“You can’t be satisfied in this sport,” BHS coach Scott nicely said. “If you are, you’re career is probably over.”
Schirmer would like extend his with three more victories and a third-place finish.
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