By Rob Kiser
CENTERVILLE — The Piqua wrestling team advanced four to the semifinals at the Centerville D-I 2 sectional wrestling tournament Friday night — and the last of the four was the most impressive of the night.
After Sam Herndon (120), Kobe Scott (138) and Andrew Bolin (145) cruised into the semifinals, Brennan Hicks (160) worked overtime on a night when the heat was on.
With unexpected high temperatures and the AC in the school not working, Hicks found himself in a battle.
Hicks, the third seed, had pinned Jacob Washburn of Xenia in the quarterfinals in 54 seconds and was matched up with sixth seed Mark Calcaterra of Springboro.
Hicks had picked up a stalling point in the second period to tie the match 1-1.
In the third period, Hicks started down and picked up a reversal to go up 3-1, but Calcaterra got a reversal with about a minute to go and it finished 3-3 in regulation.
The one-minute sudden death overtime didn’t last long.
With the wrestlers starting neutral it took Hicks just four seconds to get the takedown and a 5-3 win.
“Brennan (Hicks) ran into a tough match,” Piqua wrestling coach Scott Kaye said. “He had the lead and the kid was able to reverse him. He did a great job coming out and getting the takedown in overtime.”
Herndon, Scott and Bolin all had first-round byes as second seeds and won by pins in the quarterfinals.
Herndon pinned Kyle Chasteen of Edgewood in 42 seconds, Scott pinned Matt Senter of Xenia in 2:47 after opening a 12-3 lead and Bolin pinned Phillip Nared of Xenia in 1:31.
“They just wanted to get out on the mat and get some work in,” Kaye said. “They all wrestled real strong.”
Tristan Hostetter (126) had a first-round bye before running into fifth seed Gavin Fogel of Fairmont.
It was 2-2 in the third period when Fogel was awarded a stalling point and fourth-seeded Hostetter lost 3-2.
“That was a tough loss for Tristan (Hostetter),” Kaye said. “He had an early stalling call — it is at the discretion of the official. But, Tristan knows those are situations he has to work on.”
Nick Baker (132) is the fifth seed.
He pinned Matt Horner of Vandalia-Butler in 3:53, before being pinned by fourth seed Dylan Grey of Edgewood in 3:39.
Matt Blankenship (170) had a first-round bye before being pinned by second seed Jansen Love of Vandalia-Butler in 38 seconds.
Brett Craft (220) had a first round bye before being pinned by second seed Jacob Kirby-Sheffey of Middletown in 1:47.
Craft actually had the first takedown in the match.
Jesse Ceyler (152) lost in the opening round to sixth seed Thomas Dyamond of Xenia by a 16-0 tech fall.
“When you are not seeded, you are going to have tough matches,” Kaye said. “Nick was able to get a win before losing in the quarterfinals. All those guys have a chance to come back tomorrow in consolations.”
Wrestling will resume at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The finals will go at approximately 4 p.m.
The top four in each weight class advance on to the district tournament next week at Trent Arena.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.