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Thursday, February 07, 2013 2:17 PM

St. John’s matmen
split in final tuneup

MT. BLANCHARD — The St. John’s wrestling team had its final tuneup before the sectional tournament begins Feb. 15 in a tri-match Wednesday at Riverdale.
The Blue Jays bested Van Buren 42-30 but fell 48-19 to the host Falcons.
The Jays will be in the Division III sectionals at Lima Central Catholic.

106- Austin Cory (V), void.
113- Double void.
120- Evan Mohler (S) pinned Travis Lewis, 5:40.
126- Double void.
132- Justin Siefker (S), void.
138- Alex Haunhorst (S), void.
145- Austin Martin (S), void.
152- Wes Buettner (S) pinned Max Frost, 2:26.
160- Chance Sonnenberg (V) pinned Luke Wrasman, 3:29.
170- Derek Anthony (S), void.
182- Will Buettner (S) pinned Payton Whitacre.
195- Tyler Achison (V), void.
220- Ora Oler (V), void.
285- Isaac Sexton (V), void.

106- Double void.
113- Kolten Martin (R), void.
120- Mitchel Matheny (R), void.
126- Caleb Hicks (R) pinned Evan Mohler, 2:56.
132- Justin Siefker (S) pinned Austin Miller, 2:56.
138- Austin Clark (R) dec. Alex Haunhorst 4-3.
145- Austin Martin (S) dec. Paul Frey 7-0.
152- Seth Knoll (R) dec. Wes Buettner 6-3.
160- Luke Wrasman (S) maj. dec. Josh Bushong 14-0.
170- Will Buettner (S) pinned Evan Gladden, 5:40.
182- Tre Headington (R), void.
195- Caleb Tracy (R), void.
220- Dillion Wellar (R), void.
285- Justin Pfiester (R), void.
Graham signs to run
for Lake Erie College

COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove senior Jake Graham signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue his cross country and track career at Lake Erie College in Painesville, just east of Cleveland.
Bluffton handles Manchester 65-52 to complete season sweep

By Ryan Schadewald
Sports information assistant

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. — The Bluffton University men’s basketball hit the road Wednesday and defeated the Manchester University Spartans 65-52, in a Heartland Conference battle.

The Beavers improved to 10-12 and 6-9 in HCAC play, while the Spartans dropped to 4-18 and 1-14 in HCAC play.
Bluffton’s win was crucial as it pulled the Beavers into a tie with Mount St. Joseph for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming HCAC tournament. The Beavers also moved a game ahead of Anderson after the Ravens fell at Hanover.

The Spartans started the game hot, opening on a 9-0 run. The spurt was broken at the 15:51 mark on a freebie by Thayne Recker (Arlington). His counter led to an 8-0 jag for the Beavers, including a layin by Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee), a 3-ball from Josh Fisher (Rockford/Parkway) and another deuce from Pope.

The Beavers tied the game at 12 on a layup by Recker. However, a 7-1 run for the home team pushed their lead to 19-13 at the 6:44 mark of the first half. A jumper from Fisher and a make from beyond the arc by Nate Chambers (Miamisburg) cut the home team’s lead back to one point.

A 3-ball from Ryan Ebbeskotte (Fort Jennings/Delphos Jefferson) gave the Beavers their first lead of the contest (23-21) at the 3:55 mark of the first half. After a trey from Manchester’s Silas Sims tied the game, Chambers drained another deep ball and Recker hit a free throw to give the Beavers a 4-point lead. Following a deuce from Manchester’s Jared Schrock, Chambers came back and hit a buzzer-beating jumper to end the half and give the Beavers a 29-25 lead going into the lockerroom.

After Manchester scored the opening bucket of the second half, the Beavers virtually put the game away by going on an 8-0 run: a hoop from Pope, followed by a deuce from Kinn and two more Pope chip shots; which made the lead 39-27 at the 15:30 mark. Manchester countered with a layup but the run for the road team continued from there on a jumper from Chambers.

Back-to-back makes from beyond the arc by freshman Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) extended the Beaver lead to 18 midway through the final stanza. Manchester’s Keith Berry scored a deuce to cut the lead to 16. The road team continued to pile on more, however, as Kinn would score four straight points to push the Beaver lead to 20 points.

The lead went as high as 23 points at the 6:12 mark. Manchester would try to make one last run at the Beavers when they scored nine unanswered late in the game, trimming their deficit to 12 points in the final minute with Bluffton’s bench getting some extended action.
Bluffton had three players in double figures, led by Pope who scored 14 points and added eight boards. Kinn also scored 14 points, while Chambers added a career-high 13 markers off the bench. Fisher handed out a career-high eight assists. Recker grabbed eight boards.
Manchester was led by Brady Dolezal who tallied 14 points in a losing effort.

The Beavers won the battle of the boards convincingly 35-23. Bluffton hit an outstanding 53.1 percent (26-of-49) from the field, including 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in the second half. The home team also shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from beyond the arc. Manchester countered with just 41.2 percent (21-of-51) for the contest. Bluffton took advantage of its height advantage, outscoring the Spartans 32-22 in the paint and 14-2 off offensive rebounds.

The Bluffton men will be back in action 3 p.m. Saturday against the Hanover College Panthers in the Sommer Center following the women’s game at 1 p.m.


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