Shane Heil finished seventh overall in the 120 pound weight class at the OHSAA Individual Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. The finish and achieving a spot on the podium is a first for the Titans wrestling program.
Heil opened the tournament in the championship preliminaries with a close 5-4 decision loss to Elyria’s Nate Burnett. In the opening round of consolations, he worked to a 6-1 decision over Damien Ryan from Centerville. Consolation round two found Heil competing against Kyren Butler from Copley with a spot on the podium on the line. The sophomore scrapped and battled to a 3-2 decision victory. Heil would fall in the consolation quarterfinals 8-2 to Upper Arlington’s Mitch Herren, finishing seventh overall at the 120 pound weight class. Heil finished the year with a record of 46-13
Junior Pino Dipierro finished 1-2 on the weekend. After dropping a tough championship preliminary match to Dublin Coffman’s James Baumann 5-4, he rebounded with a second period pin of John Adams’ Jerome Scott in the opening round of consolations. Dipierro’s weekend ended with a 3-1 decision loss to Saint Edwards’ Richard Delsanter in the second round of consolations. Dipierro finished the season with a record of 41-7.
Caden Wendling made his first trip to Columbus to participate in the OHSAA Tournament. In his opening match, the junior battled and lost to Lucas Uliano from Powell Olentangy Liberty 1-0. Wendling fell in his opening round consolation match to Vandalia Butler’s Logan Hoskins 5-0. He finished the season with a record of 42-11.