WILLARD — Norwalk is poised to win its second straight Northern Ohio League wrestling title.
The Truckers, who went 7-0 in last season’s NOL Duals, are in the driver’s seat in the race for the league crown after going through the difficult two-day seven-match dual format unbeaten with the same mark.
The NOL duals goes toward half of the league title. Norwalk earned 14 points with the seven wins. The league tournament is Feb. 12 at Shelby.
Tiffin Columbian was 6-1, followed by Shelby at 5-2, Bellevue (4-3), Upper Sandusky (3-4), Willard (2-5), Fostoria (1-6) and Galion (0-7).
After winning three matches Friday, the Truckers started the second day of competition with a 45-15 win over Upper Sandusky.
Norwalk then downed Tiffin Columbian, 40-27, Galion 59-16 and Bellevue 38-25.
The league format had Norwalk and Bellevue starting their head-to-head match at the 125-pound weight class and finishing with 119.
Jake Montana at 125 was the only Trucker to go unbeaten.
Kyle Lang 119, Nick Davis 145, Alex Doughty 152, Jake Alexander 189 and Ian Ramos 285 each picked up six wins against one loss.
Tyler Sparks at 130 and Scott Alexander 160 each posted 5-2 marks. Carl Hokes notched a 4-3 record at 140.
Jake Kluding at 112, Braden Hoover 171 and Dustin Leber 215 all notched two wins, while Byron Charles came away with a big win against Shelby at 135.
“It is nice that the team went 7-0,’’ Helton said. “We did what we had to to win, but we can wrestle better. The Tiffin match was a real grind. Each weight was really tough.
“Montana, Doughty and Kluding all had a great weekend,” the coach added.
The Flashes beat Fostoria 48-37 and fell to Bellevue 57-24, Tiffin Columbian 56-20 and Upper Sandusky 54-23 Saturday.
Dominic Cummings won all four of his matches at 112 Saturday, while Kyle Niedermeier 119 and Ryan Polacheck 215 each went 3-1.
First-year Willard coach Jeff Niedermier said his young team finished just a little below where he predicted before the competition.
“We are young. I thought we might be able to beat three teams,” he said. “I knew it would be tough competition. We came (ready) to wrestle today and we did.”
Norwalk returns to action Thursday at Oak Harbor, while Willard hosts its own East Of Chicago Pizza Invitational Saturday.