ST. MARYS — Tuesday’s Western Buckeye League finale came down to the final match and Defiance’s Angelo Gonzalez prevailed, 4-3, over David Keller, at 182. The nailbiting win provided Defiance with a 36-32 win over St. Marys.

With the victory, Defiance finished the regular season at 8-1 in the WBL, placing second behind regular season champ Wapakoneta.

“It was an exciting high school match,” said Defiance coach Pat Murphy. “We bumped a few of our guys around, in order to have a shot at winning. Now I’m looking forward to the WBL tournament on Saturday and I think it’s going to be very close.”

In a back and forth battle, after St. Marys won the initial match by pin at 195, Defiance jumped out to a 9-6 lead with a win by fall for Gordo Vega (220) and a 3-0 decision win from Jonah Schlegel, over Nicholas Myers.

St. Marys then grabbed an 18-9 lead with a win by fall at 106 and a forfeit win at 113.

Defiance answered back with five straight wins, to take a 33-18 lead. Juan Perez (120) started things off with a 6-1 decision win over Clayton Drummond. Lupe Martinez (126), Alex Francis (132) and Tristan Villarreal all won by fall, while Hunter Grunden won a 10-6 decision over Zach Spicer.

Then, it was St. Marys’ turn. Gavin Ward (152) won a 5-3 decision over Dominic Tracy. Tommy Mabry (160) won by a 16-1 technical fall over Jacob Hatchett and Noah Vogel (170) pinned Alex Hoeffel. The three wins cut Defiance’s lead to 33-32.

Gonzalez then provided Defiance with the 36-32 team victory, with the 4-3 win.

Defiance 36, St. Marys 32

106 — Tyler Heisey (SM) pinned Gavino Martinez, 1:39; 113 — Trevor Heisey (SM) won by forfeit; 120 — Juan Perez (D) dec. Clayton Drummond, 6-1; 126 — Lupe Martinez (D) pinned Garrett Donovan, 3:39; 132 — Alex Francis (D) pinned Allie Springer, 1:39; 138 — Tristan Villarreal (D) pinned Preston Wiechart, 5:42; 145 — Hunter Grunden (D) dec. Zach Spicer, 10-6; 152 — Gavin Ward (SM) dec. Dominic Tracy, 5-3; 160 — Tommy Mabry (SM) tech. fall Jacob Hatchett, 16-1; 170 — Noah Vogel (SM) pinned Alex Hoeffel, :59; 182 — Angelo Gonzalez (D) dec. David Keller, 4-3; 195 — Mason Saeler (SM) pinned Preston Foor, 2:41; 220 — Gordo Vega (D) pinned Logan Knous, 1:39; 285 — Jonah Schlegel (D) dec. Nicholas Myers, 3-0.

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