The Phoenix Grapplers closed the books on the 2016 portion of the schedule at the Vermilion Holiday Super Duals on Thursday and Friday, December 29-30. The 10 – team event was spread over two days with each team wrestling four dual meets on Day 1 and five on Day 2. The team of 4, completed the tournament with a 1-8 record. The sole win was against Antwerp 13-12. The score was tied 12-12 after the four matches and Oberlin was awarded the victory based on the criteria of having the most first points earned. The team scored a moral victory against Bay B losing 21-36, but winning all four head to head matches.
Sophomore Robert Bouchonville dropped down a weight class to 126 and had a stellar performance. He lead the team with a 7-2 record for the two days. He scored 4 pins, a 17-2 technical fall and decisions of 8-7 and 13-6. He now has a 13-9 record with 21 takedowns and 8 pins.
The Phoenix also received strong performances from sophomore Brendan Ortiz (138) and freshman James Thomas (152) by posting identical 5-4 records for the tournament. Both Ortiz and Thomas earned 4 pins and a forfeit each for their victories.
Freshman Riley Horning (170) was able to earn a pin and a hard fought decision. The score changed hands several times throughout the match and in the final seconds of the match, losing 9-8, Horning was able to earn a penalty point and a reversal to secure a 11-9 decision.
The OB wrestlers will open the 2017 portion of the season with a double dual with Clearview and Brooklyn on Thursday, January 4, and then travel to Columbia on Saturday, January 7 to compete in the Columbia Invitational.