By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor
PERKINS TOWNSHIP - Shelby gained a measure of revenge and their reward was a date with No. 1.During the opening round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association team duals, the Whippet varsity wrestlers toppled Northern Ohio League rival Tiffin Columbian 39-33 at Sandusky Perkins High School Wednesday evening. SHS, which fell to the Tornadoes 46-36 back on December 17, then met up with Region 9-B top seed Sandusky Perkins and was eliminated with a 69-12 loss. "We gained some revenge," said second-year Shelby coach Ryan Shafer. His team was a ninth seed and the TC was the eighth seed. "The match was a nail biter. It went back and forth." Going into the 285-pound bout, the score was knotted at 33. Whippet heavyweight Devin Williams secured the victory for the red and gray when he pinned Jacob Parrott in 3:58. Versus Tiffin, SHS recorded a total of four pins. Westin Damron notched the first fall for Shelby. He matted Jacob Cain in 1:52 during action at 113 pounds. Whippet 126-pound wrestler Bryce Fetzer had the quickest pin of the match and needed only 41 seconds to dispose of Kurt Smith. Colton Small had the other fall for SHS when he decked Jace Windsor in 72 seconds at 170 pounds. "Colton had a nice match. I've never seen him wrestle that aggressive before and pinned his opponent," said Shafer. Tristian Myers, wrestling for Shelby at 132 pounds, scored an 8-5 decision over Jacob Anderson. The Whippets also took advantage of two forfeits which were awarded to Hunter Friebel at 106 pounds and Dylan Ratliff at 195 pounds. "Some kids stepped it up today. I was happy with their performances tonight," noted Shafer. SHS was no match for the No. 1 seed Pirates, who won all of the contested bouts. Shelby received a pair of forfeits in the match with Perkins. They went to Small and Williams. "The good thing about wrestling a tough team like Perkins is that they magnify your weaknesses and we should be able to fix those weaknesses by our next match," remarked the red and gray coach. In the final bout of the night, Perkins topped Bellevue 37-28 to avenge a 33-30 loss just last week to the Redmen. BHS knocked out Norwalk 49-27 earlier in the evening. "We were fighting tonight. We've improved tremendously this season," said Shafer. The coach is now looking for everyone to get on the same page. "Some days the freshmen wrestle well and the juniors do not. Some days the juniors wrestle well and the freshmen do not. Now we need to do it all together. And we'll get there," said Shafer. The next outing for the Whippet wrestlers is Saturday, February 7, at the Mount Gilead Invitational.