Marquez makes OHS wrestling history

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 12/11/19

WASHINGTON — As if getting crowned fall homecoming queen was not enough, Owensville High School senior Jazz Marquez made her senior year much more memorable last Wednesday night.

As one of …

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Marquez makes OHS wrestling history

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WASHINGTON — As if getting crowned fall homecoming queen was not enough, Owensville High School senior Jazz Marquez made her senior year much more memorable last Wednesday night.

As one of four girls wrestling for OHS this season, Marquez made history becoming the first Dutchgirl to have her hand raised following a win by technical fall over Rolla’s Taylor Heimbaugh.

“It felt awesome just to get out there and wrestle,” Marquez said. “I feel fortunate to be the first Dutchgirl wrestler to get a win and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Marquez’s second match of the night was nearly a carbon copy of the first.

Getting out to a big lead on Rolla’s Eden Potter in an exhibition match, Marquez went on to win another match by technical fall for her second victory in as many matches.

“Jaz (Marquez) went out and wrestled hard,” OHS head wrestling coach Rod Barndollar said. “It was awesome to get to see her become the first girl to win a match in an Owensville High School wrestling uniform.”

While Marquez was making history on one mat, Barndollar’s Dutchmen wrestlers were taking on Rolla Bulldogs in the first of three duals last Wednesday at Washington High School.

Falling 66-15 to Rolla as a team, the Dutchmen got victories from Michael Martin by fall in :49 at 106 pounds, Zach Adams by fall in 1:47 at 170 pounds and Joe Bauer at 285 pounds winning a 3-2 decision.

Opening their seasons with losses were Dutchmen wrestlers Tighe Bombach (138), Boston Belk (145), Seth Scheidegger (152), Alan Kopp (160) and Brent Helmig (195). Owensville was open at 113, 120, 126, 132, 182 and 220 pounds.

Before the Dutchmen took on the host Blue Jays, Rolla faced off against Washington in the second of three dual matches.

Rolla also took that dual 52-21 over the Blue Jays.

Starting the final dual of the meet at 120 pounds, Washington posted wins either by fall or forfeit in the first 12 matches before the meet circled back to 106 pounds.

Looking to add to his win earlier that night against Rolla, Martin took on Washington freshman Devon Deckelman at 106 pounds.

Leading 7-0 midway through the second period, Martin erased Owensville’s zero off the team scoreboard with a win by fall in 3:02.

In the final match of the night, Dutchmen freshman Aries Nicholas went up against Washington’s Calvin Kelpe.

Just over a minute into the first period, Nicholas caught Kelpe on his back long enough to win his first varsity match by fall in 1:08.

Washington ultimately won the dual by a team score of 71-12.

“We wrestled a couple of tough programs tonight in Rolla and Washington,” Barndollar said. “All of our kids wrestled hard and this meet shows us what we need to work on as the season goes on.

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