Rohskopf captures sectional, four other Knights to join him at districts

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

West Holmes coach Jeff Woods was elated to escape the Div. II Claymont Sectional with five district qualifiers.

Top-seeded senior Max Rohskopf claimed the 145-pound sectional championship. Cole Woods (106) and Grayson Miller (195) placed third, and Jack Scherer (138) and Ray O'Donnell (220) finished fourth.

"Not bad, considering I had to wrestle one-handed," Rohskopf said, sporting a taped left hand to protect his dislocated finger. "I did all right. It completely changed everything I do, but I have enough core strength and conditioning to do whatever it takes to win. I'll find a way to win."

Rohskopf did just that, puling out a 9-2 decision in the finals against Minerva sophomore Dalton Hartshorn. He scored a takedown in the first period and added five points in the second to take a 7-0 lead before giving up two points in the final period.

"He was strong," Rohskopf said. "I tech falled him the last time we wrestled, but all my offense is gone. I've got to wrestle a little bit more defensively, which isn't really my style, but you've got to do what you've got to do."

Woods, the veteran West Holmes coach, was thrilled to have so many wrestlers advance.

"I'm ecstatic," the coach said. "We weren't sure what to expect. But when it's all said and done, we should've had seven. We were close."

Woods admitted it was much tougher coaching his son Cole than he expected.

"It's been an emotional roller-coaster," Woods said. "I will say that it's probably been one of the toughest things I've had to do, coaching my own kid. It hasn't been bad all year, but this is the only thing that counts all year.

"When he shows up and wrestles the way he can like he did in that last match, it's fun to watch. He grew a lot this week."

The younger Woods scored a 12-2 major decision in the third-place battle against Tri-Valley's Austin Smith. Woods posted a 7-5 win in the go-to match.

"I just did what I could do, taking my shots when I could," Cole Woods said. "It's exciting to go to districts my freshman year."

Miller scored a 3-2 win against Ben Aponik of Indian Valley to place third at 195. He took a 2-1 lead after the first period, scoring a takedown, but gave up an escape. He won with an escape in the third period.

"It's pretty exciting to go to districts," the junior said. "That last match was pretty stressful. You want to win that third-place match so you don't have to go up against a No. 1 right off the bat at districts."

Miller lost 11-6 against Harrison Hoppel of Minerva, but he bounced back to pin Leeland Lauvray of River View in the go-to match.

Scherer got knocked into the consolation round, falling 10-6 against Isaac Hammonds of Dover. He bounced back to win his go-to match 10-6 against New Philadelphia's Sky Reynard, but fell 9-2 in the finals against Cambridge's Logan Hickenbottom.

O'Donnell got knocked into the consolation round by Claymont's Garrett Harding. He bounced back to pin his opponent in the go-to match before getting stuck by Indian Valley's Dalton Farrow in the finals.

"This is why we wrestle the schedule we do," coach Woods said. "Medina, Top Gun, those all pay off now, when it counts the most."

Rohskopf is happy to have so many teammates joining him at the Heath District next weekend.

"Taking five guys is better than last year," Rohskopf said.

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