Created on Saturday, 23 February 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
BOWLING GREEN — It was the type of performance Benjamin Logan and Bellefontaine were hoping to avoid here Friday at the Division II district wrestling tournament inside the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center.
FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Chase Wilcoxon battles Jacob Whitcomb of Wauseon during a 132-pound match at Friday’s Division II district tournament in Bowling Green. ABOVE: Benjamin Logan’s Beau Swank tries to work a move against Kordell Chaney of Sandusky Perkins. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)
The Raiders suffered two upset losses in the quarterfinals Friday as returning senior heavyweight state placer Beau Harmon and 220-pound standout Beau Swank failed to reach the semifinals.
“I’m not sure what to say,” said Benjamin Logan head coach Tony Grant. “We had two matches we could have won and we didn’t. Now we are in a tough position.”
The group of Harmon, Swank and teammate Alec Felty (170), along with the Chieftains’ Nate Miller (170), reached the quarterfinals, but lost and fell into the consolation bracket.
Wrestling resumes at 11 a.m. today.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class will move on to the Division II state wrestling tournament next week in Columbus.
Harmon, who placed eighth at the state meet last season, was projected by many to win the district. He suffered his first loss of the season last week at the sectional tournament. That put him in a difficult position for the district tournrament.
“Beau has to win out now,” said Grant. “There is nothing left to do but win. He is in a tough position and we are going to find out what he is made of.”
Harmon tusseled with Toledo Central Catholic’s Jaquan Fisher in his opening match before pinning Fisher in 1:15. He then took on returning district placer Ravyn Workman of Lexington in the quarterfinals.
Workman used a late throw in the first period to take an early 5-1 lead.
Harmon battled back to cut the lead to 8-4 in the third period, but went for a desperation throw in the final seconds.
It was unsuccessful and he ended up losing 11-4.
“We had Workman beat,” said Grant. “He put us in the driver’s seat and we didn’t take advantage of it. We have to win now.”
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