By Rob Kiser
TRENTON — It didn’t take long for the quality in the Piqua wrestling room to show.
In the opening tournament of the season for the Indians, Piqua had just six wrestlers score — and five place — but they did not enough for a second-place finish at the Edgewood Invitational and Kobe Scott won the 145-pound title with relative ease.
Edgewood won the team title with 137.5 points, while Piqua second with 123.5 — two points in front of Troy and Simon Kenton.
“The guys we had that scored had a strong tournament,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “We had a number of strong performances. We finished strong (winning four of five matches in the finals round). For the first tournament of the season, we wrestled really well.”
Scott led the way.
He came in as the first seed, he advanced to the finals with three pins, including two in the first period.
In the finals he faced Edgewood’s Andrew Tevis.
“I finished second here last year (wrestling for Troy),” Scott said. “Looking at my weight class, that guy (Andrew Tevis) was the only guy I was worried about.”
But, after Tevis closed the first period with a takedown to lead 2-0, it was all Scott.
“He (Kobe Scott) just made a mistake there,” Kaye said. “It is something we have been working on.”
But, it was all Scott after that. He had two nearfalls in the second period as he took an 11-3 lead and he went on to record a 16-5 major decision.
“That (the first period takedown) was kind of a wakeup call,” Scott said. “I just went out there and took it at him after that. It feels great to start the season with a win.”
“Kobe (Scott) had a real strong tournament,” Kaye said. “He took control in the second period. He really wrestled well.”
Andrew Bolin (152) took second.
Bolin, the second seed, had a tech fall, pin and decision to advance to the final and face top seed Hunter Perdue of LaSalle.
Bolin battled the entire match before losing a 10-4 decision.
“Andrew (Bolin) had a strong tournament,” Kaye said. “He ran into a guy (in the final) who was able to score from funky positions and Andrew wasn’t expecting that. But, it was a good start to the season.”
Sam Herndon (120), Tristin Hostetter (126) and Brennan Hicks (160) all finished third.
Herndon had two pins and a decision to advance to the semifinals against top seed and eventual champion Joe Pascale of Troy.
While Herndon lost 4-0, he was the only wrestler Pascale didn’t pin.
Herndon won his consolation semifinal by default and pinned Mikey Whisner of Simon Kenton in the third-place match in 1:36.
“Sam (Herndon) had a really strong tournament,” Kaye said. “His only loss was to Joe Pascale, who is a quality wrestler. Sam had a real good weekend.”
Hostetter had two pins to advance to the semifinals, before being pinned by eventual champion Ben Sherrill of Bellbrook.
He had another pin to advance to the third-place match and won 3-2 thriller over Harry Sand of Turpin.
Sam took down Hostetter at the end, but it was just after time ran out.
“Tristin (Hostetter) just needs to take control the last 30 seconds,” Kaye said. “We talked to him about that. But, it was a good tournament for him.
Hicks had two pins to advance to the semifinals, before being pinned by Steven Brown of Dixie.
He picked up another pin to advance to the third-place match against Josh Geiser of Simon Kenton.
Hicks jumped out to an 8-1 lead after one period and won 8-3.
“Brennan (Hicks) is a strong wrestler and looked good this weekend,” Kaye said. “When he gets in a position to score, he is hard to stop. We just have to get him in that position more often.”
Jesse Ceyler (132) recorded a pin and a decision and missed placing by one match.
“We had six guys that did all the scoring,” Kaye said. “Those guys all wrestled well.”
Piqua will look to show that quality again Wednesday, when the Indians go to Eaton for a double dual.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.