Carey picked up the Midland Athletic League Wrestling Title in The Jungle at North Baltimore High on Saturday. NB's Ohio record-holder in pins, Dalton Ishmael lost his first match of the year by disqualification.
Carey picked up 158.5 points, with Hopewell-Loudon finishing second with 129.5. Mohawk scored 93, Tiffin Calvert 56.5, Seneca East 51, Lakota, 50.5, Fremont St. Joe 49, NB 37 and Fostoria St. Wendelin 12.
For NB, both Dalton Ishmael (195) and Brice Bankey (285) made it to the Championship Match. In Ishmael's match, he was battling long-time foe Daniel Kwiat of Tiffin Calvert. In the first period Dalton challenged Kwiat with his usual attacking style, going in for control of the upper body. In the process of one of these moves, as Dalton wrapped Kwiat, his hands were in such a postion, that would later be deemed not-legal, due to the particular grip being used in conjunction with the hands location.
As Dalton made this move, he had solid control and twisted and pulled Kwiat in such a way as to put Kwiat's head and neck in abnormal positions, as the two combatants fell to the mat, Kwiat's neck appeared to be hyper-extended and he immediately showed obvious pain.
The 'A' official had called a 2-point take-down in Dalton's favor, but the 'B' official immediately circled in for a quick conference, with the call of an illegal hold. This would take away Dalton's 2-point take-down and, with the awarding of one point for the illegal hold, Kwiat was ahead 1 - 0.
With Kwiat unable to continue, Ishmael would be disqualified, with Kwiat awarded the championship.
Kwiat would eventually be taken from NBHS by North Baltimore EMS because of his now apparent back injury. It has been reported by Dalton's family that Kwiat suffered some vertebrae damage and was life-flighted to St.Vincent’s in Toledo, where he will undergo surgery early Sunday morning.
Our prayers and thoughts are with ALL concerned!
Brice Bankey wrestled in the 285 pound final, but was pinned in the first period, to finish as the runner-up.
We have photos and additional results to come.