|Bulldogs 7th, Wildcats 10th, Lancer 15th at Van Buren|
|Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM|
VAN BUREN — The Van Buren Wrestling Invitational was held over the weekend with a total of 26 teams competing in the two day event.
Otsego claimed the team title with 176 points and Riverdale was second with 145.
The best local team finish was Columbus Grove, finishing in seventh place with two individual runner-ups. Jefferson was 10th and Lincolnview 15th.
Grove's Alec Gladwell placed second in the 170-pound bracket after dropping the championship match to Jake Wise of Elmwood 3-1.
His teammate, Will Selhorst, competed in the next weight class at 182 pounds and lost in a 10-2 major decision to Gibsonburg’s Jacob Auld to claim runner-up.
The Bulldogs had a fourth-place finish by 126-pounder Brett Sampson, losing a tough overtime match to Trevor Bowman of Arcadia.
The other placer for Columbus Grove was Preston Brubaker in sixth place, also losing in overtime 12-10 to Otsego’s Austin Jacobs.
Jefferson had four wrestlers place.
“We wrestled this weekend without two of our guys that would normally get us team points — Hunter Binkley and Dylan Hicks. Without them in our lineup, we couldn’t muster up enough team points to place higher,” said Wildcat coach Mike Wilson.
David Grant was the top placer for the Wildcats with a pin of Le’On Palamo from Ottawa-Glandorf at 2:37 to win the third-place matchup at 106 pounds.
“I’m glad to see David have a good weekend and place high in a tough tournament,” Wilson said.
Dustin McConnahea dropped down from the 285-pound weight class to compete at 220 pounds and had a productive weekend, finishing in fourth place after getting pinned by Riverdale’s Caleb Tracy in 4:09.
The match in the championship round for third place at 182 pounds had a pair of local grapplers. Lincolnview’s Doug Hicks defeated Tyler Foust of Jefferson in overtime 10-6.
The final Jefferson wrestler to place was senior Tanner Vermule.
“Tanner was seeded sixth going in and I had to fight hard to get him that seed,” Wilson added. “That proves how tough the competition was in Tanner’s bracket.”
Vermule lost a close match 8-4 to Antonio Vasquez of Gibsonburg.
Lincolnview wrestlers finished in the middle of the team standings in 15th place. Alex Rodriquez placed fourth in the 113-pound bracket, dropping his final match to Allen East’s Schuyler Caprella.
All the local teams will be in the St. John’s team competition event Wednesday.