It wasn’t quite the ending the Orioles would have preferred, but for their tournament as a whole, it couldn’t have gone much better.
Augusta’s wrestling team had three finalists at Saturday’s home tournament, but they all lost their championship matches. Jacob Goldenstein lost his 113-pound title match against Andover’s Paul Stuart 10-4. Columbus’s Taylor Watkins beat Colton Clayborn in a major 14-0 decision in the 160-pound title match. Smoky Valley’s Austin Cook handed Wright Bosley, whose knee is banged up, his first loss of the season in the 170-pound division in an 8-1 decision.
Still, the Orioles did something they never had done before in team history. Augusta placed all 14 wrestlers in the tournament, a big reason why they were able to take second place in the standings with 217.5 points. Kapaun edged the Orioles with 221 points to win the team title.
For Goldenstein, it’s his third straight second-place finish at tournaments this year. Goldenstein dominated with two first-period pins within one minute in each bout to advance to the finals. Goldenstein had a big lead against Stuart with a nice takedown and a 2-point nearfall. But as he let go of Stuart to try to get repositioned, he gave up a reversal. Stuart kept Goldenstein from scoring the rest of the match.
For Goldenstein, it’s his third loss of the season. He had two losses combined in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Tyler Hildibrand (106) took third place with a 4-1 record, though he had a bye in the first two rounds. Hildibrand beat Andover’s Carter Guyer 11-4 in the third-place match.
Nathan Moore (120) got a nice 10-6 win against Smoky Valley’s Caleb Sare to take third place in his division. His brother Josh Moore (126) also took third place after beating Smoky Valley’s Noah Lackey 14-6. Blake Aitchison (285) also took third place after finishing with a 3-1 record.
Kaleb Fewin (132) took fifth place with a tech fall in his final match. Ian O’Laughlin (220) also took fifth place.
Kalaeb Bratton (138) took fourth place with a 2-2 record on the day. Connor Spellman (145) took fourth after a 3-2 record on the day.
Rob Winzer (152) won a 5-2 decision against Andover’s Tyler Stock to take third place.
Cody Thompson (182) went 4-2 on the day, but settled for a fourth-place finish.
Blake Watkins (195) took sixth place.