|Blue Jays win Lancer Invite to open 2012-13 mat season|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Monday, December 10, 2012 3:47 PM|
The Delphos Herald
RURAl MIDDLE POINT — The 2012-13 wrestling season has started with some excitement for the St. John’s Blue Jays by bringing home the Lincolnview Lancer Invitational crown, lead by senior Will Buettner and junior Austin Martin.
Martin took home the 145-pound championship by going 5-0 with three pins and defeating Jefferson junior Tanner Vermule 12-2 in the finals.
Buettner finished up his 5-0 day with a 10-2 major decision victory over Lincolnview’s Doug Hicks at 170 pounds.
The 106-pound championship featured St. John’s freshman Avery Martin (3-2) and he lost a tough match to Paulding’s Kage Seals.
Also in the championship match was Wes Buettner at 152, falling 6-3.
“Austin wrestled very well all day. I was very impressed he did not give up a point to his opponents all day until late in his finals match; he completely dominated the field bringing home the crown,” Blue Jays head coach Derek Sterling noted. “The 170-pound weight class to me was one of the deeper classes over all and Will did a great job handling his opponents. Wes’s match was much closer then the score indicates. He wrestled very strong all day by going 4-1 and leading the team with four pins.
“Sophomore Justin Siefker wrestled by far the finest tournament of his career so far; the hard work he has been putting in is finally starting to show on the mat. He finished 3rd going 4-1 and beating a handful of upperclassman on his way to this placement.
“Freshman Derek Anthony was supposed to wrestle as an extra at 160 when I received the call that senior Luke Wrasman was sick. He was willing to give up 20 pounds and bump up two weight classes to fill the void. He agreed to step up for his teammates and did in finishing 3-2 with a pin and a 5th-place finish. If you look at the team scores and see we won by 17 points, this move was a huge act of unselfishness to help his team out. We all think that wrestling is a individual sport but I have never coached it that way; Derek really showed how much every guy is truly important and put aside some individual goals to help achieve the team goals. We as a team will get stronger from moves like this. Overall, this was a good opening tournament but we have a lot of work to do if we want to achieve our end-of-season goals. Conditioning was by far our most noticeable weakness and we will definitely be addressing it.”
Other Jays finishing third were freshman Evan Mohler, finishing a very successful first varsity tournament going 4-1 with three pins, and senior Brock Bonifas (4-1 with 3 pins). Rounding out the placers were Aaron Deffenbaugh (4th), Nate Schroeder (5th) and Alex Haunhorst (7th).
Spencerville finished sixth among the 14-team meet.
The Bearcats had two champions: 138-pounder Cory Binkley and Lucas Krouskop at 220, as well as a runner-up in 285-pounder Jake Bellows
“Luke won the finals against an opponent that had great balance and body position awareness; Cory wrestled very smart and under control this meet and that made the difference,” Bearcat mentor Tom Wegesin noted. “Jake lost in the finals to Van Wert wrestler Terrin Contreras, who was the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament as voted on by coaches. Jake had Terrin in trouble a couple of times but just couldn’t nail him down. Terrin was a state qualifier in Division II last season.
“This was our season-opener. We need to focus on details and our wrestling will improve immensely.”
Other placers for the Bearcats were: Cole Bellows, 3rd at 145; Ashley King, 4th at 113; Derrick Smith (126), Trevor Bockey (132) and Jacob Yahl (220), 5th; Tyler Dues (220), 6th; Wyatt Krouskop (195), 7th; and Robby King (132), 8th.
Lincolnview was 10th.
“The tournament ran very well this year with 14 teams; with over 160 local and out-of-town wrestlers, we were able to breeze thru over 800 matches today. The area teams looked tough and showed the crowd that they are going to be turning some heads this year. A special thanks to the volunteer staff and wrestling Parents for making this tournament run so smoothly,” Lancer head man Curtis Miller noted. “We had sophomore Alex Rodriguez stand up and take a 4th-place medal at 106 lbs. Alex wrestled very well, ending the day with a 3-2 record. Senior captain Jaquobe Markward dominated his 113-pound weight class, taking home gold. He led this young team, showing them what hard work and experience can accomplish. Junior captain Doug Hicks was right there beside Jaquobe, pumping up his team as he barreled through the early rounds. He wrestled hard in his 170-pound finals match, falling short to St. John’s, but stood tall at the end of the day to receive his 2nd-place medal.
“Finishing out our placers was newly-back-to-the-program junior Dalton West. He dominated his first three matches, showing he has worked hard in the room. Dalton fell in the semifinal match to McConnahea of Jefferson after putting up a valiant effort, ending the day with a 3-2 record to take home fourth.
“All of the wrestlers walked on and off the mat today showing the area teams and fans that they were prepared to leave everything on the mat and their heads held high. I’m very proud of their heart that they showed us today.”
Jefferson came in fourth, with championships coming from senior Colin McConnahea at 195 pounds and Tyler Foust at 182.
Tanner Vermule was second at 145, while senior Geoff Ketcham (285), senior Chris Truesdale (152) and Gaige Rassman (126) all took third.
Blake Kimmet was fifth at 120.
Jefferson and Spencerville head to Cory-Rawson 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those two, along with St. John’s, are in the Allen County Invitational 10 a.m. Saturday at Allen East.
Team Scores: St. John’s 304, Paulding 287, Van Wert 273, Jefferson 268, Fairview 222, Spencerville 221, Defiance 210, Ada 149, Dayton Stivers 140, Lincolnview 139, Coldwater 136, Lehman Catholic 100, Antwerp 40, Parkway 36.
Most Valuable Wrestler: Terrin Contreras (VW).
Most Valuable Freshman: Kage Seals (PA).
106: First Place: Seals (PA) pin Avery Martin (SJ), 1:52; Third place: Salines (PA) 8-1 over Alex Rodriguez (LV); Fifth Place: Sigler (CO) 9-0 major over Muhlenkamp (CO); Seventh Place: Reineck (FV) 11-7 over Autumn Proctor (LV).
120: First: Drummond (ST) 12-9 over Kaiser (CO); Third: Evan Mohler (SJ) pin Laguna (FV), 2:02; Fifth: Blake Kimmet (DJ) 8-6 over Foster (PA); Seventh: Lambert (FV), bye.
126: First: T. Deatrick (PA) pin Barajas (DE), 3:27; Third: Gaige Rassman (DJ) 5-0 over Tebbe (CO); Fifth: Derrick Smith (SV) pin Andy Hammon (VW), :53; Seventh: Flores (DE) 6-1 over Trowbridge (FV).
132: First: Gouch (ST) 2-1 over Zipfel (DE); Third: Wesley (PA) 9-3 over Tebbe (CO); Fifth: Trevor Bockey (SV) pin Dylan Hicks (DJ). 1:18; Seventh: Jacob Crisenberry (VW) pin Robby King (SV), 2:00.
138: First: Cory Binkley (SV) pin Clellan (DE), 1:29; Third: Justin Siefker (SJ) 7-2 over Kelley (FV); Fifth: Lacey (DE) pin Slater (LC), 2:11; Seventh: Mock (PA) 12-11 over Quinton Rutkowski (VW).
145: First: Austin Martin (SJ) 12-2 major over Tanner Vermule (DJ); Third: Cole Bellows (SV) 20-11 major over Rouse (FV); Fifth: Ryan Stoller (VW) 3-2 over Botek (DE); Seventh: Sidle (FV) 11-3 major over Higgins (AD).
152: First: Daniel Thompson (VW) 6-3 over Wes Buettner (SJ); Third: Chris Truesdale (DJ) 9-0 major Zayne Yocum (DE); Fifth: Carpenter (FV) pin Anthony (ST), 4:42; Seventh: Alex Haunhorst (SJ) pin Hall (AN), 2:35.
160: First: Brown (LC) 4-1 over Colten Royer (VW); Third: Windle (AD) 9-3 over Aaron Deffenbaugh (SJ); Fifth: Hannah (AD) 6-0 over Castaneda (DE); Seventh: Jarrell (PA) pin Czartoski (FV), 4:33.
170: First: Will Buettner (SJ) 10-2 major over Doug Hicks (LV); Third: Meyer (FV) 9-2 over Jordan Daniels (VW); Fifth: Beach (AD) pin Malone (LC), 1:49; Seventh: Nichols (PA) pin Kucke (PA), 2:20.
182: First: Tyler Foust (DJ) 18-8 major over A. Deatrick (PA); Third: Gabe Hill (VW) pin Hopkins (ST), 1:40; Fifth: Derek Anthony (SJ) 10-4 over Allen (AD); Seventh: Selhorst (CO) pin Vogann (LC), 1:38.
195: First: Colin McConnahea (DJ) pin Schindler (PA), 1:05; Third: Brock Bonifas (SJ) 9-4 over Dalton West (LV); Fifth: Woodland (AD) 2-1 over Valdez (PA); Seventh: Wyatt Krouskop (SV) pin Alec Lindeman (DJ) 1:16.
220: First: Lucas Krouskop (SV) 22-20 over Hatchett (FV); Third: Zack Thomas (VW) 6-3 over Pitney (AD); Fifth: Jacob Yahl (SV) pin Tyler Dues (SV), 3:54; Seventh: Dustin McConnahea (DJ) pin Brody Counts (VW), :43.
285: First: Terrin Contreras (VW) pin Jake Bellows (SV), 1:25; Third: Geoff Ketcham (DJ) pin Bute (AN), 2:07; Fifth: Nate Schroeder (SJ) pin Facundo (DE), 1:40; Seventh: Dotson (AD) pin Anthony Duckworth (VW), 1:27.
113: Jacquobe Markward (LV) 3-0; Branson Mink (PA) 2-1; Andrew Ford (PW) 1-2; Ashley King (SV) 0-3.
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