Bolin has runnerup finish at Fairfield


Scott, Hostetter also place for Piqua wrestlers

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andrew Bolin makes a move on Garrett Anderson of Clay in the 145-pound championship match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kobe Scott locks up with Lakota West’s Jensen Quinn in the 138-pound third-place match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Tristan Hostetter controls Vandalia-Butler’s Josh Suddenth in the 126-pound consolation finals at the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.


By Rob Kiser

rkiser@civitasmedia.com

FAIRFIELD — The Piqua wrestling team went up against some strong competition — with some solid results — at the Fairfield Invitational over the weekend.

The Indians finished 13th out of 22 teams in a tournament-like atmosphere.

“It had a district tournament feel to it,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “It was good for the kids to experience that.”

Piqua 145-pound senior Andrew Bolin led the way, closing in on the century mark with a second-place finish.

The second seeded Bolin had cruised to the finals and ran his career victory total to 99 with two pins and two technical fouls.

He was in a 2-2 match with top seed Garrett Anderson of Clay when one mistake led to him getting pinned in 3:10.

“He (Andrew Bolin) went for the whole ball of wax, instead of just getting solid points,” Kaye said. “As a result, he got caught. He had another strong tournament.”

Kobe Scott (138) and Tristan Hostetter (126) also placed for Piqua.

Scott had a major decision and pin on his way to the consolation finals.

He then won a thriller in typical Scott style against Vandalia-Butler freshman Jestin Love in the conso finals.

Love hit a four-point move in the second period to go up 6-2.

Scott had a takedown to get within 6-4, then after working that takedown most of the third period — got a three-point nearfall in the final 15 seconds for a 7-6 win.

The fifth seed then faced the only wrestler who had beat him in the tournament — fourth Jensen Quinn of Lakota West — in the third-place match.

West had pinned Scott in 2:59 in the quarterfinals Friday.

It was a very different match one day later — with Scott losing a heartbreaker 1-0.

West’s escape in the second period was the only scoring and Scott nearly won the match with a takedown that was just out of bounds late in the third period.

“That kid had pretty well controlled the match the first time,” Kaye said. “Kobe (Scott) had a tough match the first time. It says a lot of Kobe to come back and wrestling him tough like he did in the third-place match.”

Hostetter had a solid tournament to finish sixth.

The sixth seed had advanced to the semifinals with a pin and decision, before running into eventual champion Chase Craft of Northmont.

Hostetter had two tough matches in the consolations.

Against, Vandalia-Butler state qualifier Josh Suddeth, Hostetter nearly scored at the end of the third period with the match tied 2-2. He would lose in overtime 5-2.

“He was right there with a state qualifier,” Kaye said. “There is nothing wrong with that.”

After losing to the third seeded Suddeth, Hostetter faced fifth seed Sam Ridgley of Lebanon and lost a 10-2 major decision.

“That guy was real solid,” Kaye said. “It was just tough for Tristan (Hostetter) to get anything going. He still had a really good tournament.”

Brennan Hicks (160) went 2-2 with a pin, while Matt Blankenship (182) went 1-2 with a pin.

Sam Herndon (120), Nick Baker (132) and Brett Craft (220) also went 1-2.

“It was good to be in a tournament like this,” Kaye said. “When you go two and out, it gives you a sense of urgency. It makes you understand that every match is important.”

And the Indians will look to use everything they learned Wednesday, when they wrestle at Wayne in a double-dual.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andrew Bolin makes a move on Garrett Anderson of Clay in the 145-pound championship match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/01/web1_andrew.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Andrew Bolin makes a move on Garrett Anderson of Clay in the 145-pound championship match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kobe Scott locks up with Lakota West’s Jensen Quinn in the 138-pound third-place match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/01/web1_kobe4.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Kobe Scott locks up with Lakota West’s Jensen Quinn in the 138-pound third-place match of the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Tristan Hostetter controls Vandalia-Butler’s Josh Suddenth in the 126-pound consolation finals at the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/01/web1_tristan1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Tristan Hostetter controls Vandalia-Butler’s Josh Suddenth in the 126-pound consolation finals at the Fairfield Invitational Saturday.
Scott, Hostetter also place for Piqua wrestlers