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Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:00 PM

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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TROY — The sport of wrestling can be compared to a roller-coaster ride.

First, the regular season can be like the slow, methodical pull up the first hill of the coaster. The goal is to get to the peak, which is the State tournament held at The Schott in Columbus and survive the ride.

The journey to Columbus begins at the sectional tournament where the top four grapplers in each bracket move onto the district tournament. It’s an emotional up-and-down adventure as some wrestlers win to move on and others lose with their seasons or high school careers coming to an end.

 

After sectionals, most wrestling programs only have a few participants remaining to practice and a sense of emptiness sets in. But area schools will get together with their remaining qualifiers and the ride continues.

Area schools had 34 wrestlers advance to the Districts tournament held at Hobart Arena in Troy, with Wayne Trace leading the way with eight qualifiers. St.John’s had seven, with Jefferson, Spencerville and Columbus Grove five each, plus Lincolnview and Van Wert two each.

It was a rough weekend for area squads as only four survived to enjoy the ride for another week.

George Clemons of Wayne Trace and St. John’s junior Wes Buettner both advance to the Division III State Championships after performances Saturday.

Buettner began district competition with pins of Adam McCarrick of Baden and Johnny Dean from Northeastern. In the semifinals, Buettner lost the “go to state” match 5-4 to Ben Miller of Covington. After the disappointing loss, Buettner came back to defeat Jeff Botts from Bethel 7-3 to qualify for state at 170 pounds. The roller ride continued for Buettner; after the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory to make it to The Schott, he had to wrestle one more match. In the consolation-bracket finals, Buettner lost to second-seeded Brandon Breezley of Blanchester 12-2.

“I was excited and slightly relieved after qualifying for state to see all the hard work all year around finally pay off,” Buettner said about his ride to state. “I want to wrestle smart and aggressively next weekend at The Schott. Hopefully if everything goes well, I will make it to the third day and be standing on the podium.”

The sophomore Clemons of Wayne Trace faced a similar path to the consolation finals with a pin of Camron Coatney from Preble and a tech fall victory over Covington’s Connor Ryan to advance to the semifinals. In the go-to match, Clemons was pinned by Hunter Bray of Dayton Christian in 2:17.

Coming back strong to advance to the state tournament, Clemons defeated Justin Gibbs of Clinton-Massie 8-2. In the consolation finals, Clemons scored a 15-0 tech fall victory over Blanchester’s Kyle Denier to place third in the 106-pound bracket.

George’s father, Coach Clemons, said “he was excited about his wrestler’s performance and proud. George worked hard in the off season, taking only one week off after his freshman year, practicing year around for this moment. He lost to the projected state champion, Hunter Bray here at districts; hopefully he will get another shot at him next weekend.”

Wayne Trace’s other state qualifier was 145-pound Tyler Showalter. Tyler only had a record of 13-1 entering district competition due to injuries but quickly made his presence known at Hobart Arena. In his first match, he scored a major decision over Justis Brewer of Preble 15-4, then pinned National’s Austin Moore in 3:12 to move onto the semifinals.

Eventual champion Logan Lacure pinned Showalter in 1:02 to drop him down to the consolation bracket. There ,he defeated Marcus Hummel of Dayton-Christian 17-9 to qualify for the State tournament. Coach Clemons and Showalter decided to forfeit his final match to avoid further injury to earn fourth-place honors in the 145-pounders.

“Tyler hurt his knee during the football playoffs on the hard turf and came back for one match around Christmas and re-injured it again,” explained Clemons. “For Tyler to be in this situation after only 15 practices in pretty remarkable.”

The final area qualifier for the state wrestling meet to be held next Thursday, Friday and Saturday was 285-pound senior Zack Thomas from Van Wert High School. Thomas also started out strong, with a pin of Seth Douglas from wrestling powerhouse Troy Christian in 2:54. He then suffered a pin to Medira’s Nick Gelhaus to enter the consolation pairings to face Spencerville’s sectional champion Logan Vandemark.

Thomas finally earned a pin of Vandemark in the third period to advance to a rematch with Gelhaus. Unfortunately, the outcome was the same as the first with Gelhaus earning a 9-2 victory and Thomas finished in fourth place.

The challenge was not quite over for Vandemark as he had to recover from the disappointment of not qualifying for the State tournament to compose himself to compete in one more match for fifth place. He quickly pinned Austin King from Reading to qualify as an alternate.

Jefferson senior Tanner Vermule also qualified as an alternate for state with an 11-4 victory over Marcus Hummel, who defeated Vermule earlier in the first round.

Vermule then won three straight consolation matches before being defeated by Showalter. Vermule finishes the season with a record of 38-13, unless a wrestler that qualified to State is unable to go.

Not only is the emotional roller-coaster tough on the wrestlers, it’s even harder for the coaches. One minute the coaches are on cloud nine as one of their grapplers earns a victory and the next minute they can be in tears as a senior loses his last career match and walks of the mat for the last time for his program.

Then coaches have to regroup their emotion quickly and sit back down in the chair mat-side as the ride continues for the next match.

St. John’s coach Derek Sterling had to say goo-bye to a pair a senior wrestlers, Austin Martin and Nate Schroeder, after they were eliminated on Saturday.

Schroeder was sectional runner-up and ends with a 26-12 record this year.

Martin won the LCC sectional championship and placed sixth at districts with a 35-13 record.

In addition to Vermule, Jefferson head coach Mike Wilson will be without another McConnahea on his squad next season. Senior Dustin (22-14) lost his first match on Friday night but came back with three big wins before falling to Mike Mckinney and ended his Wildcat career in sixth place at districts.

Spencerville’s Zac Clum is also losing a veteran on his Bearcat squad, Trevor Bockey, leaving with a 28-12 record this season and was sectional runne- up.

Columbus Grove is graduating four wrestlers that participated at districts and did not advance: Will Selhorst, Brett Sampson, Tyler Schroder,and Alec Gladwell.

Doug Hicks (37-13) will be leaving Lincolnview and Gabe Hill (32-17) wrestled his last match for Van Wert.

District Wrestling Results:

2014 Troy Division III District Wrestling Championships

Team Scores: Day. Christian 212.5, Covington 140.5, Mechanicsburg 118, Greeneview 78.5, Troy Christian 74, Coldwater 69, Reading 68, Blanchester 64, Versailles 63, National Trail 56, Brookville 52.5, Wayne Trace 50.5, Miami East 49.5, Ada 35, Dixie 35, Jefferson 34, Cham. Julienne/Clinton-Massie 33.5, Deer Park 33, Cath. Central 32.5, Bethel-Tate 30, St. John’s 29, Triad 26.5, Milton-Union 26, N. College Hill 23.5, Spencerville 23, Madeira 20, Van Wert 20, Lima C.C. 19.5, Cin. Hills Chr. 19,Waynesville 18, Stivers 16, Mariemont 13, Clermont NE/Preble Shawnee/Tri-County No. 12, Lehman Cath. 10.5, Madison 10, Williamsburg 9, Columbus Grove 7, Allen East 6.5, Lincolnview 5, Roger Bacon/Summit Co. Day/W. Liberty-Salem 4, Bluffton/Northeastern 2, Northridge 1.

Top 6 Placers: Top 4 advance to tate, fifth place alternate

106: Hunter Bray(Day. Christian) pin Alex Rhine(Mechanicsburg) 2:30; George Clemens(Wayne Trace) tech. fall Kyle Denier(Blanchester) 15-0; Connor Ryan(Covington) dec. Justin Gibbs(Clinton-Massie) 1-0.

113: Christian Clary(Day. Christian) maj. dec. Michael Sergent(Troy Christian) 14-2; Kamron Paulus(Milton-Union) pin Jay Uhlenhake(Coldwater) 0:41; Tanner Bey(Versailles) dec. Drew Fiorenza(Mariemont) 3-2otu.

120: Michael May(Day. Christian) dec. Aric Peters(Bethel-Tate) 13-11; Garrett Hancock(Troy Christian) pin Nick Miller(Mechanicsburg) 0:55; McKinley Screetch(Cham. Julienne) dec. Ruger Goeltzenleuchter(Wayne Trace) 5-0.

126: Jarred Ganger(Covington) maj. dec. Matt Mangen(Versailles) 13-5; Spencer Seibert(Coldwater) over Josh Clary(Day. Christian) default; Jake Gutierrez(Cath. Central) pin Mekhi Jones(N. College Hill) 4:04.

132: Ryan Ford(Covington) dec. Cody Ohnmeiss(Troy Christian) 3-2; Lyle Plummer(Cham. Julienne) dec. Daniel Gough(Stivers) 5-2; Seth Bell(Day. Christian) maj. dec. Baden Pinson(Reading) 13-1.

138: Kaleb Romero(Mechanicsburg) dec. Alex Becker(Day. Christian) 2-0; Davey Tunon(Clinton-Massie) maj. dec. Austin Rush(Miami East) 11-2; Corey Hawk(Dixie) tech. fall Sam Hemmerick(Milton-Union) 16-0.

145: Logan Lacure(Greeneview) dec. Joe Ziegler(Mechanicsburg) 5-1; Nick Vestal(Day. Christian) over Tyler Showalter(Wayne Trace) forfeit; Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) dec. Marcus Hummel(Brookville) 11-4.

152: Jacob Danishek(Day. Christian) tech. fall Anthony Decarlo(Cath. Central) 17-2; 152: Austin Siemon(Deer Park) dec. Daniel Jennings(Covington) 6-4; Kealii Cummings(Cin. Hills Chr.) pin Austin Martin(St. John’s) 2:06.

160: Austin Reese(Mechanicsburg) pin Ray Day(Reading) 3:07; Austin Windle(Ada) dec. Kamran Alexander(Deer Park) 8-7; Skylar Brown(Lehman Cath.) dec. Jake Schmidt(Coldwater) 7-2.

170: Zach Sullivan(National Trail) dec. Ben Miller(Covington) 7-5ot; : Brandon Breezley(Blanchester) maj. dec. Wes Buettner(St. John’s) 12-2; Jeffrey Botts(Bethel-Tate) dec. Jonathan Carr(Day. Christian) 4-2ot.

182: Armani Robinson(Greeneview) maj. dec. Dylan Williams(Brookville) 16-6; Rickey Bruce(Triad) dec. Colton Booth(Tri-County No.) 7-4; Tristan Devlin(Troy Christian) pin Tyler Foust(Jefferson) 0:56.

195: A.J. Ouellette(Covington) dec. Kyle Dieringer(Versailles) 3-2; Jack Huffman(Lima C.C.) dec. Jacob Campbell(Dixie) 2-0; Donald Moore(Waynesville) pin Jarod Woodland(Ada) 1:41.

220: Ben Sullivan(National Trail) dec. Adrian Harding(Greeneview) 3-1ot; Justin Post(Coldwater) pin Mike Mckinney(Reading) 0:39; Cody Carr(Brookville) pin Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) 0:59.

285: Nate Jackson(Day. Christian) dec. Ben Ferguson(Miami East) 9-4; Nick Gelhaus(Madeira) dec. Zack Thomas(Van Wert) 9-3; Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) pin Austin King(Reading) 0:45.

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Consolation Semifinal: 145: Vestal(Day. Christian) tech. fall Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) 18-2. 152: Austin Siemon(Deer Park) dec. Austin Martin(St. John’s) 6-3. 170: Wes Buettner(St. John’s) dec. Jeffrey Botts(Bethel-Tate) 7-3. 182: Rickey Bruce(Triad) pin Tyler Foust(Jefferson) 3:00. 220: Mckinney(Reading) pin Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) 4:45. 285: Zack Thomas(Van Wert) pin Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) 4:16.

Semifinal: 170: Miller(Covington) dec. Wes Buettner(St. John’s) 5-4. 285: Ferguson(Miami East) pin Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) 1:22.

Third Consolation: 132: Gough(Stivers) pin Trevor Bockey(Spencerville) 4:59. 138: Rush(Miami East) maj. dec. Cole Bellows(Spencerville) 14-2. 145:Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) dec. Kaiser(Coldwater) 8-2. 152: Austin Martin(St. John’s) dec. Kooser(Cham. Julienne) 2-0. 170: Botts(Bethel-Tate) dec. Doug Hicks(Lincolnview) 3-1. 182: Tyler Foust(Jefferson) pin Nicely(Blanchester) 2:40. 220: Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) maj. dec. Boggs(Williamsburg) 12-3. 285: Zack Thomas(Van Wert) dec. Harris(N. College Hill) 4-2.

Second Consolation: 106: Ryan(Covington) pin David Grant(Jefferson) 2:33. 113: Fiorenza(Mariemont) maj. dec. Alexander Rodriguez(Lincolnview) 11-1. 126: Greene(Blanchester) dec. Cody Dickson(Spencerville) 9-7; Seibert(Coldwater) dec. Brett Sampson(Columbus Grove) 5-1. 132: Trevor Bockey(Spencerville) dec. Zizzo(Triad) 4-2ot. 138: Cole Bellows(Spencerville) dec. Fitzhugh(Reading) 8-3. 145: Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) dec. Moore(National Trail) 6-2. 152: Austin Martin(St. John’s) dec. Hunter Binkley(Jefferson) 3-1. 160: Alexander(Deer Park) dec. Alex Haunhorst(St. John’s) 4-2. 170: Doug Hicks(Lincolnview) dec. Bracy(Bluffton) 12-8; Botts(Bethel-Tate) dec. Alec Gladwell(Columbus Grove) 5-3. 182: Tyler Foust(Jefferson) maj. dec. Forkner(Clermont NE) 12-4; Devlin(Troy Christian) dec. Will Selhorst(Columbus Grove) 6-5. 195: Raleigh(Reading) dec. Austin Schulte(St. John’s) 3-1; Moore(Waynesville) pin Gabe Hill(Van Wert) 2:26; 220: Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) dec. Fries(Covington) 11-8. 285: Zack Thomas(Van Wert) pin Harding(Greeneview) 4:15; Harris(N. College Hill) pin Nate Schroeder(St. John’s) 2:54.

First Consolation: 106: David Grant(Jefferson) pin Jones(East Clinton) 2:17; Miller(Versailles) pin Preston Brubaker(Columbus Grove) 4:35. 113: Alexander Rodriguez(Lincolnview) maj. dec. Johnson(Williamsburg) 8-0. 120: Miller(Mechanicsburg) maj. dec. Peyton Ford(Spencerville) 12-0. 126: Cody Dickson(Spencerville) pin Schauer(Brookville) 4:09; Brett Sampson(Columbus Grove) pin Gott(Clermont NE) 4:04. 132: Gough(Stivers) pin Evan Mohler(St. John’s) 0:42. 138: Cole Bellows(Spencerville) dec. Dawson Davis(Williamsburg) 9-7o; Miller(Covington) pin Justin Siefker(St. John’s) 0:41. 145: Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) pin McCarthy(Purcell Marian) 1:30. 152: Hunter Binkley(Jefferson) dec. Holsapple(Twin Valley So.) 4-2ot; Huston(Blanchester) pin Tyler Schroeder(Columbus Grove) 2:47. 160: Alex Haunhorst(St. John’s) dec. Isaacs(Dixie) 3-2. 195: Austin Schulte(St. John’s) dec. Peters(Blanchester) 8-6; Gabe Hill(Van Wert) maj. dec. Henkel(Day. Christian) 9-1. 220: Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) pin Williams(Northeastern) 0:59.

Quarterfinal: 132: Ford(Covington) pin Trevor Bockey(Spencerville) 3:45. 152:Cummings(Cin. Hills Chr.) maj. dec. Austin Martin(St. John’s) 12-3. 170: Wes Buettner(St. John’s) pin Dean(Northeastern) 3:45; Sullivan(National Trail) maj. dec. Alec Gladwell(Columbus Grove) 10-1; Breezley(Blanchester) pin Doug Hicks(Lincolnview) 4:08. 182: Robinson(Greeneview) pin Will Selhorst(Columbus Grove) 0:54; Williams(Brookville) tech. fall Tyler Foust(Jefferson) 18-2. 285: Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) pin Keller(Clinton-Massie) 1:10; Jackson(Day. Christian) pin Nate Schroeder(St. John’s) 1:17; Gelhaus(Madeira) pin Zack Thomas(Van Wert) 4:59.

First Round: 106: Gibbs(Clinton-Massie) pin David Grant(Jefferson) 1:22; Bray(Day. Christian) pin Preston Brubaker(Columbus Grove) 3:38. 113: Sergent(Troy Christian) tech. fall Alexander Rodriguez(Lincolnview) 15-0. 132: Ford(Covington) pin Trevor Bockey(Spencerville) 3:45. 152: Cummings(Cin. Hills Chr.) maj. dec. Austin Martin(St. John’s) 12-3. 170: Wes Buettner(St. John’s) pin Dean(Northeastern) 3:45; Sullivan(National Trail) maj. dec. Alec Gladwell(Columbus Grove) 10-1; Breezley(Blanchester) pin Doug Hicks(Lincolnview) 4:08. 182: Robinson(Greeneview) pin Will Selhorst(Columbus Grove) 0:54; Williams(Brookville) tech. fall Tyler Foust(Jefferson) 18-2. 285: Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) pin Frank Keller(Clinton-Massie) 1:10; Jackson(Day. Christian) pin Nate Schroeder(St. John’s) 1:17; Gelhaus(Madeira) pin Zack Thomas(Van Wert) 4:59

First Round

106: Gibbs(Clinton-Massie) pin David Grant(Jefferson) 1:22; Bray(Day. Christian) pin Preston Brubaker(Columbus Grove) 3:38. 113: Sergent(Troy Christian) tech. fall Alexander Rodriguez(Lincolnview) 15-0. 120: Peters(Bethel-Tate) pin Peyton Ford(Spencerville) 3:15. 126: Gutierrez(Cath. Central) pin Cody Dickson(Spencerville) 2:20; Mangen(Versailles) maj. dec. Brett Sampson(Columbus Grove) 15-4. 132: Pinson(Reading) pin Evan Mohler(St. John’s) 1:29; Trevor Bockey(Spencerville) dec. Krebs(Clermont NE) 4-2ot. 138: Tunon(Clinton-Massie) pin Cole Bellows(Spencerville) 5:42; Hemmerick(Milton-Union) dec. Justin Siefker(St. John’s) 8-4. 145: Hummel(Brookville) maj. dec. Tanner Vermule(Jefferson) 10-2. 152: Jennings(Covington) pin Hunter Binkley(Jefferson) 3:40; Decarlo(Cath. Central) tech. fall Tyler Schroeder(Columbus Grove) 19-4; Austin Martin(St. John’s) dec. Hartman(Mechanicsburg) 2-0. 160: Day(Reading) pin Alex Haunhorst(St. John’s) 2:54. 170: Wes Buettner(St. John’s) pin McCarrick(Badin) 1:06; Alec Gladwell(Columbus Grove) dec. Carr(Day. Christian) 6-1; Doug Hicks(Lincolnview) dec. Kolton Dillon(Preble Shawnee) 12-6. 182: Will Selhorst(Columbus Grove) dec. Forkner(Clermont NE) 5-3; Tyler Foust(Jefferson) maj. dec. Cline(East Clinton) 13-3. 195: Ouellette(Covington) pin Austin Schulte(St. John’s) 1:32; Dieringer(Versailles) pin Gabe Hill(Van Wert) 2:46. 220: Newkirk(Preble Shawnee) pin Dustin McConnahea(Jefferson) 3:37. 285: Logan Vandemark(Spencerville) pin Hazlit(Cath. Central) 0:23; Nate Schroeder(St. John’s) pin Wolfe(Covington) 1:17; Zack Thomas(Van Wert) pin Douglas(Troy Christian) 2:54.

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