Solon put six state-ranked wrestlers on the mats during the 12th annual Maumee Bay Classic on Friday and Saturday at Oregon Clay High School, just outside of Toledo.
But with a loaded field of 47 teams, 160-pound senior Jake Mack (25-9) was the lone Comet grappler to place in the top eight. He went 5-2 in the tournament to finish fourth, losing twice to the No. 1-ranked Division III wrestler in Ohio.
Mack, who is ranked No. 15 among Division I wrestlers in his weight class, according to Boro Fan Ohio, opened his tournament with a 13-0 major decision against Anthony Wayne senior Harrison Short (3-10).
Mack then won a 7-6 decision against Elyria’s Division I state No. 21-ranked junior Brandy Crawford (9-5), before losing a 3-2 decision in the championship quarterfinals against Troy Christian’s Division III No. 1-ranked senior Andrew Shaffer (21-5).
As a sophomore, Shaffer finished seventh at 182 pounds during the 2018 Division II state championship, before transferring from St. Paris Graham to Division III Troy Christian and cutting two weight classes for his senior season.
Solon’s Mack rebounded with a 3-2 decision over Louisville Division II No. 9-ranked sophomore Brenden Severs (17-8), and then with an 8-2 decision over Monroeville’s Division III No. 22-ranked junior Daniel Smith (22-6) to guarantee a podium spot.
In the consolation semifinals, Mack went on to defeat Warren Woods-Tower freshman Ryan Radvansky (20-8), of Michigan, by way of a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker.
And in the third-place bout, Mack lost another match against Troy Christian’s Shaffer, but this time by a 2-1 tiebreaker.
Mack scored 17 points for Solon, which finished 22nd in the team standings with 68 points.
Also recording solid outings for Solon, state No. 19-ranked 145-pound senior Nathan Leko (27-10) went 4-2; state No. 19-ranked 106-pound sophomore Kevin Grunzweig (26-7) and No. 12-ranked 113-pound sophomore Nick Molchak (23-6) went 3-2; and No. 14-ranked 120-pound sophomore Nick Gerome (23-12) and No. 12-ranked 138-pound senior Trysten Zahoransky (10-2) finished 2-2.
Zahoransky and Leko both came one match victory shy of placing on the podium.
At 138 pounds, Zahoransky won his first two matches with a pin in 15 seconds and a 9-1 major decision, before losing his quarterfinal bout by an 8-6 decision against Anthony Wayne’s Division I No. 8-ranked senior Zack Snyder (24-9). The Comet grappler then lost a 7-3 decision against Perry’s Division II No. 7-ranked junior Collin Koenig (27-6).
At 145 pounds, Leko won his first two bouts by way of an 8-1 decision and a second-period fall, before losing a 4-2 decision against Ontario’s Division II No. 10-ranked senior Colton Turnbaugh (14-9).
Leko rebounded with a third-period pin against Kenton Ridge’s Bryce Stamps (17-6) and a 12-3 major decision against Springboro’s Division I No. 24-ranked senior Kevin Chitsaz (15-6). Leko then lost a 6-2 decision against Sandusky’s Division II No. 9-ranked junior Elijah Hunter (16-4).