October 25, 2014

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Wissel brothers have solid night at Medina County Fair motocross race

Harley Lucas (62) and Chase Witmer battle it out in the last turn of the Schoolboy race during the motocross at the Medina County Fair. Lucas went on to win the race. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Harley Lucas (62) and Chase Witmer battle it out in the last turn of the Schoolboy race during the motocross at the Medina County Fair. Lucas went on to win the race. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — It was a tale of different levels of competition for the Wissel brothers in their motocross races Tuesday at the Medina County Fair.

The Medina 15-year-olds finished one-two in their first Super Mini bike race, with Tyler coming in ahead of Ryan. But the brothers’ second race showed a different result, as they joined the rest of Medina County in the bottom eight of the Schoolboy race.

“I was with the 250s and they were really good,” Tyler said. “I was trying to keep up, trying to push myself, trying to keep up with them.”

The top seven racers in the Schoolboy competition were from outside the county, while six of the bottom eight resided in the county.

The Wissel brothers race together often in motocross events, along with road races where they team up in competitions.

The two did well in the Super Mini, despite Ryan hurting his wrist while running practice laps.

“(Ryan) was in practice and he was in the rhythm section and this one kid landed on his wrist,” Tyler said. “His whole wrist got torn up, so he was trying to keep it down today.”

Tyler was one of eight riders from the county to finish first of their respective groups. Tuesday marked the first time he had won a race in motocross, with his best finish in past tournaments being second place.

“It feels good,” Tyler said. “Working all hard and then winning, it feels nice.”

The area was well represented in the overall tournament, with at least one rider placing in the top three in 17 of the 35 groups, but there weren’t any two-time first-place finishers like last year.

Hinckley Township’s Dominic Butscher, who was one of the two-time winners in last year’s motocross, finished in second in the 85cc Junior competition and first in the 65cc Junior race.

Seville’s Joe Cisar and Medina’s Dan Hoisington finished first in the ATV C group one and ATV Open, respectively. The two also added second-place finishes, with Cisar coming in second in the ATV Vet group and Hoisington finishing second in the ATV “A” race.

The other first-place finishers from the county were Wadsworth’s Blake Umbaugh (ATV Schoolboy), Seville’s Dawson Tryon (50cc Oil Injected), Seville’s Dylan Pavlovicz (65cc Senior) and Medina’s Reece Clason (Junior Trail).

Contact Matthew Doyle at sports@medina-gazette.com.