Clear Fork wrestlers tune-up for tournament run

BELLVILLE – Garrett Crowner and Johnny Witschi made sure their final matches inside the Colt Corral created memories for a lifetime.

The only two Clear Fork seniors both posted victories on Senior Night on Saturday, setting the stage for what both hope will be successful post-seasons.

Crowner ran his record to 29-4 by pinning Orrville’s Wyatt Zimmerman at 145 pounds and followed suit by stopping the Red Riders’ Nathan Kalapodis.

Though his team lost team matches to Orrville (48-33) and Loudonville (37-24), Clear Fork coach Nick Allerding was left smiling by his two seniors.

“Garrett wrestled two real tough kids (winning his first match 7-0) and he looked good. Wrestled well. Both of my seniors are wrestling tough right now.

“Garrett has missed some time with a little injury. Tonight he showed he is back in his full form and ready to attack the post-season. I am excited, he’s excited, we’re excited for the (Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference) meet and the post-season,” Allerding said.

“Johnny wrestled really well, had good motion and looked good on his feet,” Allerding said.

It was Clear Fork’s first home match since Christmas and freshman Colton Campbell made the most of it at 106 pounds, winning both of his matches.

Campbell beat Loudonville’s Justice Fraley, 5-4, and then pinned Orrville’s Jack Crabtree.

“Colton has finally been showing some of that growth,” Allerding said. “We have really been getting on him in the practice room with a few key things … some stuff on the bottom and keeping his hips moving. Tonight he finally showed he is getting better at those situations.

“Colton is decent size for 106 pounds and we are excited to see what he can do at the conference meet and in the post-season,” Allerding said.

The “heart award” of the night went to Clear Fork’s Trey Back at 132 pounds. Wrestling with a painful elbow injury, Back lost to Loudonville’s Mason Fraley, 14-6, but came back in the finale against Orrville’s Kollen Butler and posted an 8-5 win.

“Trey wrestled two solid kids,” Allerding said. “He busted his elbow and missed some time. We gotta get him back in full shape. He showed some guts tonight.”

Clear Fork travels to Galion next Saturday for the MOAC meet. One week later, the Colts compete in the Division II sectional at Sandusky.

“That is going to be a tough sectional,” Allerding said. “We wrestled D-3 last year at Plymouth. We wrestled D-2 three years ago, but it was at Medina. We haven’t been to this sectional since I have been around.

“A lot of our kids are wrestling well. We are getting close. As a coach, I wanted some tough matches tonight and we got that, even in a triangular. If we keep working hard, we will be good,” Allerding said.
Seniors Garrett Crowner, Johnny Witschi earn victories on Senior Night


By Carl Hunnell

Bellville Star