Building on a quarterfinals upset, Amherst’s Todd Hastings placed sixth this weekend at the state wrestling tournament.
“I’m happy with my career, but I’m not happy with the way my last high school match ever ended. I could have stood up but didn’t, and I lost the match,” the senior told us in Columbus.
“The competition is intense down here at state. It pretty much comes down to who wants it more,” he said.
Wrestling at 220 pounds, Hastings went 15-0 over Ryan Kraynak of Hilliard Bradley in preliminaries.
He picked up a 7-4 decision over Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller’s Jack Meyer in the quarterfinals, surprising the crowd and continuing on to the semis, where he lost 18-2 to Matt Stencel of Oregon Clay by technical fall.
In the consolation semifinals, Hastings defeated Ben Frye of Dublin Coffman by pin in 3:55.
He was toppled 4-3 by Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ Eddie Sternad in the fifth place finals match.
Steele sophomore Matt Lee also competed in the 285-pound weight class, but was pinned in 1:18 in the preliminaries by Nik Urban of Willoughby South.
“I was kind of nervous, but I was here last year and I knew that nerves can be an issue. Once I took (Urban) down, it kind of reassured me. Then he got my leg and I screwed up,” Lee said.
Lee went on to pin Sterling Roseberry of Dublin Coffman in 1:19 in consolation action before being taken to the mats in 2:27 by Jonathan Floyd of Springboro.
“I thought they both wrestled well,” said Amherst coach Brian Cesear. “Even some of the matches they lost, they were in them. They were battling. They were fighting. An escape or a call could have changed different matches here and there.”
He said Hastings and Lee didn’t want to just show up to the state tournament — they were there to win.
While Hastings is bound for college and a spot on the Baldwin Wallace football team, Lee has another shot next year at OHSAA wrestling glory.
“We’ve already got some things lined up for him next year with training for next season. Next year the goal is to be in the state finals,” Cesear said.
Scott Mahoney can be reached at 419-547-9194 or @ClydeEnterprise on Twitter. Jason Hawk contributed to this story.
Photos by Scott Mahoney | Civitas Media Amherst senior Todd Hastings has his hand raised after winning a championship quarterfinal match over Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller’s Jack Meyer by decision, 7-4, Friday morning in Columbus.