Seasons come and go, but the 2011-12 season of John Carroll Blue Streaks wrestling will surely be one to remember. After finishing the regular season with an overall record of 6-5, including a 3-2 mark against OAC opponents, the Blue Streaks traveled to Tiffin, Ohio this past weekend to compete in the final event of the season: the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships. After a hard fought, gritty weekend was over, the Blue Streaks ended up taking fourth place in the OAC, an impressive feat.
Coming into the end of the season tournament, the Blue Streaks had numerous individual athletes who were coming off of a successful season and were hungry for a conference title.
Senior Sean Gill (22-8, 4-1), freshman Terner Gott (23-3, 3-0 OAC) and junior Bryan Steinmetz (25-8, 4-1) all eclipsed the 20-win mark this season while senior Jim Nemunaitis (19-9, 3-2) and sophomore Todd Gaydosh (17-7, 1-2) also finished the season with impressive records, falling just short of 20 wins.
While the Blue Streaks had numerous high-placing performances, only Gott was able to pick up a first-place finish on Saturday. The rookie defeated Michael Letcher of Ohio Northern, 5-3, in the OAC Finals en route to winning the 157-pound title. With the win, Gott not only improves to 26-3 on the season, but also earned himself to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in La Crosse, Wisc. on March 9 and 10.
Steinmetz fell just short of a conference title, losing in the 184-pound finals to Andy Jenkins of Mount Union, 4-2. Nemunaitis picked up a third-place finish at 197 pounds with a 6-1 victory while freshman Phil Kail also picked up a third-place finish at 133 pounds. Junior John Cobos also took third place at 125 pounds with a 3-0 victory over ONU’s Cole Cochran.
Ohio Northern (157), Mount Union (150), and Heidleberg (135.5) all finished ahead of the Blue Streaks (103) at the OAC championships.