|Jays, Raiders take top honors at LV Invitational|
|Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:29 PM|
MIDDLE POINT - Four mats, 14 teams, 146 wrestlers, 326 matches — it was a wrestling fan’s dream at Lincolnview Saturday — and a close finish topped it all off. Delphos St. John’s emerged the winner, barely edging Paulding 350.5 to 348.
If there was a second winner, it would have to be Wayne Trace. The Raiders, their wrestling squad reduced by a run to Friday’s Division VI state championship football game, captured three individual championships — George Clemens (106 pounds), Dustin Taylor (113), and Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (126). Wayne Trace also took home the awards for Most Valuable Wrestler (Clemens) and Most Valuable Freshman (Goeltzenleuchter).
The Blue Jays won at 120 (Gunnar Lucius), 138 (Justin Siefker), 152 (Austin Martin), and 182 (Wes Buettner).
Other local individual winners were Van Wert’s Andy Hammond at 132 and Delphos Jefferson’s Tanner Vermule at 145.
Ada was dominant at the higher weights — 160 (Austin Windle), 170 (Dylan Hannah), 195 (Jarod Woodland) and 220 (Brady Pitney). Paulding’s Justin Shepherd took the title at 285.
St. John’s had 15 wrestlers present, at least one in every weight class except 106. In addition to the Jays’ four winners, they had a fourth place from Avery Martin at 113, third from Evan Mohler at 132, fourth from Brett Vonderwell at 145, second from Alex Haunhorst at 170 and a fourth from Austin Schulte at 220. Lucius, Siefker and Buettner were 5-0 in the meet. Austin Martin was 4-0. Mohler was 4-1, Haunhorst 4-1, Avery Martin 3-2, Schulte 3-2 and Vonderwell 2-2.
Wayne Trace had only eight wrestlers at the meet, none heavier than 152. Clemens was dominant, winning his four matches with three pins and a 21-6 technical fall. Taylor won all five of his matches — two pins, an 18-3 technical fall and two major decisions, 13-2 and 15-1. Goeltzenleuchter was 5-0 — four pins and a 17-2 technical fall. Besides those three champions, the Raiders’ only other high placer was Zaine Cotterman, who took third at 145 and was 4-1 for the day.
In addition to Hammond’s title at 132, Van Wert got high placings from Gabe Hill, second at 220, and Zack Thomas, fourth at 285. The Cougars had 13 wrestlers at the meet, none at 106, 120, 126, 145, or 195. For the day, Hammond and Hill were 4-1. Thomas was 3-2, as was Jacob Crisenberry at 138 and Chandler Adams at 160.
Delphos Jefferson was represented by 14 wrestlers, empty at 120, 132 and 138. Besides Vermule’s win at 145, other high Jeffcat finishers were David Grant (second to Clemens at 106), Hunter Binkley (third at 152), Austin Metzger (fourth at 160), Tyler Foust (second at 182) and Lane Bennett (fourth at 195). Records for the day were: Vermule 5-0, Binkley 4-1, Grant 3-1, Foust 3-1, Metzger 4-2 and Bennett 2-3.
The host Lancers, with only seven wrestlers present, had no champions but got a second from Alex Rodriguez at 113 and fourth places from Autumn Proctor at 106 and Doug Hicks at 182. Rodriguez was 4-1 for the meet, while Proctor and Hicks went 1-3 and 2-2.
Parkway’s best finish, out of five wrestlers, was a fifth by Dakota Hucke at 170. Hucke won three of his five matches at the meet.
Unlike many meets, in this one a team was allowed to enter more than one wrestler in a weight class. Van Wert, for example, had four grapplers — three “extras” — in the 285-pound class.
Team scores: Delphos St. John’s 350.5, Paulding 348, Fairview 326, Spencerville 238, Ada 231, Van Wert 215, Delphos Jefferson 198, Wayne Trace 166, Sidney Lehman Catholic 136, Lincolnview 116, Antwerp 84, Parkway 56, Hicksville 55, Defiance 32.
Final Four results:
106 - 1st - Clemens (WT) defeated Grant (JEFF) - 18-3 technical fall. 3rd - Emlinger (Ada) defeated Proctor (LV) 9-7.
113 - 1st - Taylor (WT) defeated Seals (PAULD) 15-1 major decision. 3rd - Rodriguez (LV) defeated Martin (DSJ) pin 3:41.
120 - 1st - Lucius (DSJ) defeated Heater (FV) 7-2. 3rd - Minck (PAULD) defeated Ford (SV) pin 0:45.
126 - 1st - Goeltzenleuchter (WT) defeated Dickson (SV) pin 0:46. 3rd - Miller (HV) defeated Laguna (FV) pin 1:09.
132 - 1st - Hammond (VW) defeated Gamble (PAULD) pin 4:45. 3rd - Mohler (DSJ) defeated Warncke (FV) pin 2:10.
138 - 1st - Siefker (DSJ) defeated Deatrick (PAULD) 7-5. 3rd - Bellows (SV) defeated Lechleidner (FV) 10-2 major decision.
145 - 1st - Vermule (JEFF) defeated Kelley (FV) 10-4. 3rd - Cotterman (WT) defeated Vonderwell (DSJ) 10-5.
152 - 1st - Martin (DSJ) defeated Mock (PAULD) 10-2 major decision. 3rd - Binkley (JEFF) defeated Sidle (FV) pin 0:36.
160 - 1st - Windle (ADA) defeated Brown (LEHMAN) 5-2. 3rd - Roose (FV) defeated Metzger (JEFF) pin 2:08.
170 - 1st - Hannah (ADA) defeated Haunhorst (DSJ) 3-0. 3rd - Carpenter (FV) defeated Jarrell (PAULD) pin 4:48.
182 - 1st - Buettner (DSJ) defeated Foust (JEFF) 21-6 technical fall. 3rd - Beach (ADA) defeated Hicks (LV) 5-2.
195 - 1st - Woodland (ADA) defeated Bassett (FV) pin 2:34. 3rd - Armstrong (LEHMAN) defeated Bennett (JEFF) pin 1:03.
220 - 1st - Pitney (ADA) defeated Hill (VW) 12-6. 3rd - Valdez (PAULD) defeated Schulte (DSJ) 10-6.
285 - 1st - Shepherd (PAULD) def Vandemark (SV) pin 1:54. 3rd - Hatchett (FV) defeated Thomas (VW) pin 1:56.