WEST JEFFERSON — The Piqua wrestling team finished eighth at the West Jefferson Invitational this week.
“The only thing that hurt us was our numbers,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “To finish eighth with eight wrestlers was pretty good.”
The Indians were led by two tournament champions.
Hunter Bryant remained undefeated on the season, winning the 152-pound title.
“Hunter (Bryant) was pretty dominant the whole tournament,” Kaye said. “He got head-butted in the title match and it took him a little while to get things back together. But, he ended up dominating in the third period. That is his third straight title at the tournament.”
Jake Hetzler won the 285-pound title for the second straight year.
Hetzler faced an opponent in the finals who had beaten him in pool play.
“They both won their semifinal matches,” Kaye said. “The kid was a state alternate last year and Jake (Hetzler) learned from the first match. He wrestled a solid tournament. He only made one mistake and he got another chance at that guy in the finals and beat him.”
Finishing second for Piqua were Sam Herndon (113) and Andrew Bolin (138).
“Sam (Herndon) wrestled a real strong tournament,” Kaye said. “The guy who beat him was a state placer. It was a close match. Sam just came up a little short. Andrew (Bolin) had a real solid tournament. Both his losses were to the same guy. He wrestled a much better match against him in the finals.”
Nick Baker (120) finished fourth, while Tristin Hostetter (126) finished fifth for the Indians.
“Nick (Baker) injured his shoulder in the last match in pool play,” Kaye said. “So, we forfeited the semifinal match. After icing it, Nick felt like he could wrestle in the third-place match. He just ran into a real solid guy. Tristan (Hostetter) lose a couple matches that kept him from placing higher. He wrestled well and they were all close matches.”
Also competing were Jesse Ceyler, Brennan Hicks and Daniel Powis.
“Everybody scored points for us,” Kaye said. “Jesse Ceyler was wrestling up a couple weight classes to help the team score points and got a couple wins. Brennan (Hicks) had a pin to score some points. We still have some things to work on. Right now, we are just focused on getting better and getting ready for the duals at East Clinton Saturday.”
Piqua will wrestle at the East Clinton Duals Jan. 9.
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LIMA — The Lehman wrestling team competed in the Lima Central Catholic Invitational this week.
The tournament is wrestled in a round-robin format. Every wrestler competed up to a maximum of 5 times.
“We were able to compete against possible district competition today,” Lehman coach Cameron Haller said. ” Overall we won 15 matches with six wrestlers competing.”
Sophomore Collin Haller at 160 had the best record on the day, going 4-1.
“It was Collin’s first varsity action since December 2014,” Haller said. “He came out and wrestled well.”
Junior Wyatt Long at 182 was the highest placing Cavalier with a third-place finish. Wyatt’s only loss was to a Greenville wrestler in a hard fought match.
Junior Brandon Simmons at 145 earned fouthr place. Freshman Alex Ham at 126 and junior Jake Earhart at 170 earned 7th place.
“The boys are wrestling well on their feet and earning multiple takedowns,” Haller said. “We will concentrate on improving our mat wrestling in the weeks to come.”
Lehman Catholic wrestling will be in action at the Plymouth Invitational Jan. 9.