Versailles, Covington wrestlers start well at GMVWA; East 20th at Medina

FAIRBORN — Versailles is in fourth place with 71.5 points among D-II and D-III schools after the first day of the GMVWA Holiday Tournament at Wright State.

Still alive in the championship bracket are Tanner Bey (138) and Kyle Gigandet (195)

Bey pinned Shayne McDonaugh of Milford in 3:45; won by major decison over Chet Margraf of Mowhawk 9-1;and won by tech fall over Brennan Scott of Simon Kenton 19-3;

Gigandet pinned Eric Terry of Hudson in 2:13; Hunter Mancino of Simon Kenton in 52 seconds and Emmanuel Floyd of Princeton in 45 seconds.

Alive in consolations are Preston Platfoot (120), Kyle Wuebker (132), Corey Dieringer (160) and Jonathan Moorman (170).

Also picking up wins for Versailles were Jacob Poling (1060, Marcus Marshal (113), Steven Mangen (126), Tyler Gigandet (145), Nathan Henry (152), Jerome Bey (182), Brett Gigandet (220) and Jeffery Ware (285).

Covington is in seventh place with 65.5 points.

Four Covington wrestlers advanced through three championship rounds to make it to the quarterfinals. Connor Ryan (113) upset second seed Jakaria Hossan of Dublin Coffman, 5-2 in the second round, followed by a pin over Centerville’s Ryan Fey. Ryan Ford (138) earned a major decision over Dublin Coffman’s Lennox Wolak, and consecutive pins over Stebbins’ Zeke Cook and Athens’ Cortez Gainey.

Gage DeHart (152) advanced with a bye before pinning Troy Christian’s Caleb Hoskins, then followed with a 7-3 decision over Mohawk’s Parker Brown, the seventh seed. Lance Miller (160) earned consecutive pins over Dublin Jerome’s Liam Stein and Watkins Memorial’s Dante Fair, before getting a 17-1 technical fall over Xenia’s Stephen Holton. Josh Sowers (145) advanced with a bye and 7-3 decision over Oakwood’s Trent Gould, but had to exit the tournament in order to get a dislodged tooth put back in.

Also advancing to the second day of competition were Coleman Ryan (120), Keringten Martin (132) and Brandon Magee (182). Ryan advanced with a bye then fell to top seed Brady Wells of Campbell County, before rebounding with a 3-2 decision over Hilliard Bradley’s Val D’Ambrosi and a pin over Cameron Turco of Hamilton.

Martin dropped his first bout to Wapakoneta’s Brad Beemer, before responding with a pin over Northmont’s Ezra Smith, an 8-1 decision over seventh seed Bryson Mills of Clinton-Massie, and a pin over fourth seed Max Neiling of Bellbrook. Magee pinned Clinton-Massie’s Cody Collingham and Zane Trace’s Jaiden Rittenger, before losing to Troy’s Davin Snyder. He then responded with a 4-1 decision over the no. 3 seed Seth Campbell of Miamisburg in the consolation round.

Jared Ford (126) and Joey Schmelzer (170) won big matches on the day, but dropped two matches to exit the tournament along with teammates Seth Thomas (220) and Carl Lankford (285).

Wrestling resumed Tuesday morning.

East 20th

at Medina

MEDINA — The Miami East wrestling team finished 20th at the prestigious Medina Invitational Sunday and Monday.

The Vikings scored 81 points.

Graham Shore (119) led the Vikings with a fourth-place finish, while Alex Isbrandt (126) was sixth.

Zane Strubler (132) finished eighth.

Also scoring points for East were Matthew Welker (170), Daniel Everett (182), Caden Hellyer (220) and Ben Ferguston (285).