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Grapple Jacks 5th at Bellbrook Invitational

Our Oakwood Varsity wrestling team took their game to the 36th annual Bellbrook Invitational Saturday for some very intense competition this past weekend.

Alex Kooser was champion in the 130 pound class.

Among 12 teams all battling for top awards - Oakwood once again was there with an iron presence.  The tournament was a regulation double elimination format with exciting action running on three mats which ran all day long.  Other teams competing in the days event included Athens, Buckeye Valley, Chillicothe, Fairborn, Greeneview, Hillsboro, Kenton Ridge, Norwood, Ryle (Kentucky), Valley View and of course our host Bellbrook. In the midst of these contenders the Jacks certainly looked strong and intimidating.

Placing in the top ranks was a tough feat at Bellbrook but we earned our marks and even found a little gold in them thar hills.  At 130 pounds, sophomore Alex Kooser went unbeaten and won his second title of the season with a dominating 16-4 major decision win in the semi-finals over state qualifier Caleb Lonkard, from team champion Ryle (KY) and in the championship match, Kooser finished his afternoon by beating top-seeded Brett Benedict of Greenview 9-4 and taking the top spot on the awards podium. 

And although there wasn’t much of a silver vein in this strike, there certainly was plenty of bronze.  Sophomore Kevin Lee at 103 who has been a consistent medal winner this year brought home Bronze after a flurry of punishing wins and only one loss.  At 112 senior Daniel Jacobs also triumphed over his opponents earning third place honors after a whole day of spectacular wins and only a single loss by one point to third seed from Athens. At 119, senior Paul Hochwalt returned from an extended absence due to an injury to throttle on his opponents and seize Bronze with only a single loss to a second seeder out of Greenville.  At 135, Sophomore Will Lebouef lost only his first match to a top seed senior from Bellbrook but then battled undefeated for the remainder of the day to grab Bronze. And in other consolation matches Josh Hootman, Senior at 145 won all but two matches for a stylish fourth place finish.  And finally at 215 pounds, Senior Matt Suits impressively sliced through his challengers with only twin losses to lock a tidy fourth place finish.  Excellent job coaches and wrestlers!

So it was another great finish at a tough tournament for our Jacks. In the end our men held for a solid fifth place finish as a team behind champion team Ryle, runner-up Valley View, third place Athens and fourth place Greeneview.  

Next up for the Jacks is a tri-meet this Thursday at home against Preble Shawnee and Waynesville at 6pm - and then next week Oakwood faces Dixie away on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in Dual competition.  Go Go Lumberjacks!

Jr. high wrestlers 2nd at Northridge Invitational

Our Junior grapplers traveled north to compete in the Northridge Invitational this past Saturday and fell a few points short of the team title to SWBL foe Brookville. Oakwood placed second in the 6 team dual format behind Brookville but ahead of Centerville, Dayton Christian, Northridge, and Monroe.  

Leading the way for the Jacks and taking home 1st place were Dalton Pearce at 80 lbs, Bo Powell 122lbs, and co-captains Dan Ehler 98 lbs. and Sam Stanley 205 lbs.  Stanley, still undefeated this year, dominated the competition Saturday winning all of his matches including an exciting pin of the highly ranked heavyweight from Brookville.

Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, first year wrestler Mason Kooser 86 lbs. went 4-1 to bring home second place along with Jack Kegelmeyer 116 lbs. and team co-captain Alex Marquis 150 lbs.  Also on the award podium for Oakwood and placing 3rd were Ben McMillan 116 lbs., Jacob Hootman 128 lbs., Rocco Baker 142 lbs., and Alex Hoecht 245 lbs.  

Next up for the Oakwood Junior high wrestlers is a tri-meet tonight against Dayton Christian and Springboro and then again this Saturday, Jan. 20 in the pit for the Oakwood Invitational Tournament.

OJHS grapplers – Front Row L to R:  Bo Powell, Ryan Burke, Daniel Gardner, Rocco Baker, Dalton Pearce, and Mason Kooser.  Standing-  Jack Cairney, Alex Marquis, Sam Stanley, Jacob Hootman, Daniel Stoecklein, Dan Ehler, Jack Kagelmeyer, and Ben McMillan.


OHS swim/dive team makes mark on season

The Oakwood men’s and women’s swimming and diving team started the season with impressive showings for new head coach Jennifer Jervis. At the Kettering Invitational, the women’s team finished 2nd and the men’s team finished 10th out of a field of 14 teams.

For the women’s team, there were a number of Top Ten finishes. Junior Ellen Viereckl won the 50 Freestyle in a time of 27.85, beating the competition by almost a full second with junior Kseniya Mikityanskaya finishing 6th.  Viereckl and freshman Emily Kugel placed 2nd and 3rd in the 50 Backstroke and senior Elizabeth Johnsen finished a strong 7th in a field of 80 swimmers.  In the 50 Butterfly, Emily Kugel had a top ten finish ending up in 8th place. In the 50 Breaststroke, sophomores Caroline Turner and Erin Johnson finished 3rd and 8th respectively. Finishing out the individual events, Johnsen finished 5th in the 100 IM and Turner finished 6th in the 100 Freestyle.  Viereckl, Mikityanskaya, Turner, and Kugel also combined to finish 3rd in the Medley Relay and 2nd in the Freestyle Relay.

For the men’s team, the strongest finishes were by senior AJ Montesano, who finished 6th in the 100 Freestyle and senior Adam Smith, who finished 6th in the 50th Freestyle.  Other notable performances by the men’s team included an 11th place finish by sophomore Marcus Viereckl in the 50 Freestyle, a 13th by Smith in the 50 Breaststroke, and a 14th place finish in the 100 Freestyle by senior John Whalen.

The first meet of 2009 was a dual meet with Alter High School, one of the strongest swim teams in the Dayton area.  The OHS diving team also participated.  Oakwood’s women’s team won 162-152 and Oakwood’s men’s team also came out victorious by an even bigger margin, 172-127.

Oakwood’s women’s team started out the meet with junior Sarah Wilhoit winning the 200 Freestyle with Elizabeth Johnsen finishing 3rd and sophomore Amy Beck coming in 5th.  Sophomore Maddie Hochwalt and senior Haley Pohlman then finished a strong 1-2 in the 200 IM, beating their closest Alter rival by 6 seconds. Freshman Anna Johnsen finished 4th and sophomore Katie Woodie 6th. The 50 Freestyle saw Viereckl, Mikityanskaya, and Kugel go 2-3-4 and freshman Anne Connelly finished 6th.

In the 100 Butterfly, A. Johnsen, Harmony, freshman Sarah Lofquist, and Woodie went 3-4-5-6. In the 100 Freestyle, Viereckl finished 2nd and Connelly sisters sophomore Elizabeth and freshman Anne finished 3rd and 4th.  The most grueling event of the evening, the 500 Freestyle, saw OHS swimmers Wilhoit, Lofquist, Harmony, and Erin Johnson finish 2-3-4-5. In the 100 Backstroke, Kugel was the top OHS finisher at 3rd with E. Johnson 4th, senior Sara Denka 6th and Beck 7th. Finally, in the 100 Breaststroke, Pohlman finished 1st with Hochwalt, Turner, and Johnson finishing 3-4-5.

For the OHS men’s team, junior Sean Mooney started out the meet in top fashion by winning the 200 Freestyle by 7 seconds over Montesano with sophomore Matt Harlan and freshman Perry Fulford finishing 4th and 5th.  Junior Daniel Schmitz kept Oakwood’s winning ways going with a victory in the 200 IM. Junior Andy Lamb and freshman Jack Chambers finished a strong 2nd and 3rd and freshman Chris Sneeder was 6th. Senior Brent Turner then won the 50 Freestyle with a convincing 1.4 second victory and Smith, Viereckl, and junior Will Reese finished 3-5-7.

Oakwood’s victory streak ended in the 100 Butterfly but junior Andy Lamb, freshman Buck Powell, and freshman Jacob Langhorne went 2-3-4.
Turner came back to win the 100 Freestyle with Montesano finishing 4th. In the 500 Freestyle, Mooney squeaked out a one-second victory.

For the OHS diving team, sophomore Abby Scharrer finished 4th and freshman   Grace Hahn 6th. For the men’s team, senior Michael Walker won the event over his Alter competition.

January 13, 2009
Volume 18, No. 2

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