Piqua wrestlers compete at Top Gun


ALLIANCE — The Piqua wrestling team competed in the always tough Top Gun tournament in Alliance over the weekend.

While none of Piqua’s seven wrestlers placed, six of the seven won matches.

“That’s the idea,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “You want to see how you stack up against tough competition.”

Hunter Bryant (152) went into the tournament undefeated.

While Bryant went 2-2, that is a little deceiving.

Bryant started with an 18-1 tech fall over Cal Miller of Wapakoneta, before losing a 5-4 decision to Spencer Haugt of Walsh.

“Going into the third period, the Walsh kid basically decided he was going to do whatever he could do to hurt Hunter (Bryant),” Kaye said. “And eventually, he did hurt him and Hunter ended up losing a close match. We were hoping it would heal up over night.”

In the consolations, he recorded a 16-5 major decision over Noah Tinlin of Dover before losing to Logan Broskie of Olentangy by injury default.

“It was still bothering him on Saturday. He dominated his first match in the consolations, but he re-injured it against the kid from Olentangy. After that kid got a takedown, we didn’t feel like it was worth it to finish the match. We will let it heal for a couple days and see how it is on Tuesday.”

Three other Piqua wrestlers won two matches.

At 120, Nick Baker went 2-2.

Baker pinned Cullan Kopan of Perry in 1:59; before losing a 7-6 decision to Skyler curry of Alliance.

In the consolations, he recorded an 8-5 decision over Nick Varanelli of Olentangy before losing 5-0 to Seth Schroeder of West Branch.

At 138, Andrew Bolin went 2-2.

Bolin started out with a 10-8 decision (SV) over Seth McGee of Minerva and defeated Tyler Whitmyre of Lake 7-2 before losing a 15-2 major decision to Eric Beck of LaSalle.

In the consolations, he lost 9-2 to Xander Gore of Olentangy.

At 285, Jake Hetzler went 2-2.

Hetzler pinned Jaret Aubiel of Claymont in 2:48, before being pinned by Mason Furbay of Dover.

In the consolations, he pinned Garrett Phillips of Ripley in 27 seconds, before being pinned by Kyle McCoy of Huntington.

“Andrew (Bolin) started with two great matches, then just didn’t do enough on his feet after that, which is usually one of his strengths,” Kaye said. “All those guys won two matches. Every match at this tournament is pretty much a district tournament type match, so to win a couple matches, they had to wrestle well.”

Sam Herndon went 1-2 at 113

Herndon opened the tournament by pinning Dylan Geraci of LaSalle in 1:10; before losing 5-3 (SV) to Reggi Reed of Marysville.

In the consolations, he was pinned by Derese Sparkman of Perry in 2:49.

Brennan Hicks went 1-2 at 145.

Hicks was pinned by Cole Woods of West Holmes.

In the consolations, he pinned Marck Sissler of Fields in 1:37, before losing by pin to Dylan Miller of West Branch.

Tristan Hostetter ran into some tough competion at 126.

He was pinned by Andrew Murphy of Dover and lost a 12-0 major decision to Joshua Clary of Dayton Christian.

Piqua will have Senior Night Thursday.

The Indians will host Stebbins, Tecumseh and Dixie.

Piqua will wrestle Stebbins in the first round and Tecumseh in the second round.

East wrestlers

finish sixth

MOUNT ORAB — Led by champion Alex Isbrandt, Miami East wrestling finished sixth in the Hammer and Anvil Invitational Saturday at Western Brown High School.

Isbrandt (126) decisioned Donte Castellano of Simon Kenton 2-0 in the championship match.

Graham Shore (113) and Caden Hellyer (220) both finished third.

Shore recorded a 13-3 major decision over Matt Asher of Clinton-Massie in the third-place match, while Hellyer pinned Chase Ferguson of Hamilton Township in 2:13.

Ben Ferguson (285) finished fourth.

Ferguson was pinned by Logan Ferrell of Tippecanoe in the third-place match.

Finishing fifth were Zane Strubler (132) and Daniel Everett (182).

Strubler pinned Jacob Boldman of Wilmington in 1:32 in the fifth-place match, while Everett pinned Blake Justice of Lebanon in 3:35.

Buccs JH

team wins

BELLEFONTAINE — Covington’s junior high wrestling team put in a strong performance at the Ben Logan Invitational, taking first place out of seven teams with 222 points to runner-up Ben Logan’s 164 points.

The Buccs had 10 individual champions and 3 runners-up at the meet.

Cael Vanderhorst (92) won Covington’s first title with a 3-0 record with three pins. Bryce Smith (98) followed suit with a 3-0 record with one pin.

Logan Lowe (110) won the next championship with a 3-0 record and three pins. Fletcher Metz then took home the gold at 122 after winning a 3-way tiebreaker with a 4-1 record and four pins. Trentin Alexander was also part of that tie with a 4-1 record and three pins.

Austin Flick (128) finished first with a 4-0 record and four pins, while Duncan Cooper (134) won with a 4-0 record and two pins.

Cade Schmelzer (142) won with a 5-0 record and three pins, while Gage Kerrigan (160) took first with one pin.

Dylan Staudt (205) won with a 3-0 record and a pin, while Grant Babylon (245) had one pin.

Devin Newhouse (80), Jesse Fisher (150, pin) and Joseph Franke (172, pin) each finished in second place for Covington. Also competing and winning matches were David Robinson (104, pin), Gavin Swank (116), Hunter Clarkson (134, 2 pins), Colton Francis (142, pin) and Clayton Stephan (205).

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