SPRINGFIELD — The Lehman Catholic wrestlers competed at the Irish Invite wrestling tournament over the weekend, at Catholic Central High School.
“We were able to measure our improvement toady by wrestling Division I and II schools,” Lehman coach Cameron Haller said. “Overall we competed well. The tournament is wrestled in a round robin format. Every wrestler competed up to a maximum of five times.
Junior Brandon Simmons and freshman Ethan Knapke earned second place at 145 and 152. Junior Wyatt Long at 182, sophomore Aldo Barrera 138 and freshman Alex Ham 126 all earned third place. Jake Earhart at 170 earned fifth place
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The lone placer was Ethan Derryberry at 98 pounds, earning seventh place. Dominic Casto at 98 earned his first win of his career.
Lehman Catholic wrestling will be in Lima at the LCC Holiday Invite on Dec. 29.
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Miami East’s goals all involve the postseason.
Saturday, a lot of Vikings got a look ahead at some of the competition they’ll see come February.
Miami East finished second behind Mason. Mason had 275, East had 244 and Troy Christian was third with 213.5
Graham Shore (120) and Daniel Everett (182) both had head-to-head championship matches in the final round against opponents from Troy Christian, which will be one of East’s primary adversaries come Division III sectional tournament time.
Both picked up victories, as well, adding their individual titles to the ones that Alex Isbrandt (126) and Ben Ferguson (285) collected on the day.
“It’s nice seeing people that we’re going to see at sectional,” Miami East coach Mark Rose said. “We might not see some of these teams again until then, so it’s good to get a look at them now, to see what we’ve got to expect later and what we need to work on.”
One of the highlight matches on the day was Shore against Troy Christian’s Michael Sergent in a matchup of state-caliber athletes. Shore was able to grab an early lead, though, and control the action the rest of the way for an 8-4 win.
“It feels great,” said Shore, who placed seventh at state last year along with teammate Isbrandt. “I was wrestling up a weight this week, and I was up against Sergent, who is one of the best kids around. I knew I’d wrestle my best match, and I did.”
“Graham wrestled outstanding this weekend,” Rose said. “He’s got an incredible motor and a pounding style that’s hard to keep up with. He’s fun to watch.”
At 182, Everett took on the Eagles’ Damon Beatty, again taking control early and pulling away for an 11-3 major decision. And at 126, Isbrandt posted a 13-2 major decision over Fairborn’s A.J. Warner to win.
For Ferguson, who pinned Ben Logan’s Dalton McCurdy in a mere 37 seconds in the title match, the highlight bout came in pool competition against Tippecanoe’s Logan Ferrell. Ferguson, who placed eighth at state last season in D-III, fought hard for a narrow 4-3 victory in that match.
“The Ferrell kid comes in ranked ninth in the state in D-II but through some snafu doesn’t get seeded here, and he’s in Ben’s pool. That’s a state-caliber match — and that’s exactly what we want,” Rose said. “Then he had Troy Christian’s Douglas, the No. 3 seed, in the semis. We faced some adversity today, and we came out well.”
It wasn’t the first time Ferguson and Ferrell have faced off. Though they didn’t wrestle each other last season, as sophomores they split a pair of matches.
Zane Strubler (132) and Cody Nickels (138) placed third, Matt Welker (170) placed fourth, Caden Hellyer (220) placed fifth and Michael Miller (152) placed sixth.
“Honestly, we were hoping to do a little better,” Rose said. “We took some losses we didn’t want to take, had a couple not go our way. But even with that, we overcame adversity and got some team points and got guys on the podium. Overall, I was pleased that the team wrestled well. I’m proud of the whole team.
“We’ve been working hard, and we’ve got a heck of a stretch of matches coming up.”
Wednesday East will host two state-ranked teams in Covington and Miami East.