By Kyle Shaner
VERSAILLES – The Versailles wrestling team beat Milton-Union and Dixie Wednesday evening to win its Ohio High School Athletic Association dual team tournament regional quarterfinal.
Versailles hosted Brookville, Dixie, Milton-Union and Northridge in the Region 23-B quarterfinals of the OHSAA tournament. After having a first round bye, top-seeded Versailles took on eighth-seeded Milton-Union, who beat ninth-seeded Northridge 60-12 in the opening round.
The Tigers led throughout the match against the Bulldogs as freshman Jacob Poling started things off by winning the 106 pound match by forfeit to put them ahead 6-0.
Sophomore Marcus Marshal then pinned Milton-Union junior Jordan King in 3:05 in the 113 pound match, and sophomore Preston Platfoot won by forfeit in the 120 pound match to make it 18-0 in favor of Versailles.
Milton-Union cut into Versailles’ lead as freshman Dylan Schenck pinned Versailles junior Lane Feltz in 3:13 in the 126 pound match and junior Kamron Paulus pinned Versailles sophomore Kyle Wuebker in 4:23 in the 132 pound match, making the score 18-12 in favor of Versailles.
Versailles junior Tanner Bey got the Tigers back to their winning ways by pinning freshman Owen Lewis in 40 seconds during the 138 pound match.
Milton-Union earned its final win of the evening in the 145 pound match as senior Chase Mayabb pinned Versailles freshman Tyler Gigandet in 3:25, making the score 24-18 in favor of Versailles.
The Tigers won the next five matches by pin as Versailles senior Nathan Henry pinned senior Austin Menker in 3:40 in the 152 pound match, Versailles senior Corey Dieringer pinned freshman Hunter Ross in 2:45 in the 160 pound match, Versailles junior Jonathan Moorman pinned senior Zack Bambic in 1:11 in the 170 pound match, Versailles junior Bo Bey pinned sophomore Chance Chapman in 1:09 in the 182 pound match and Versailles senior Kyle Gigandet pinned freshman Jon Ogdon in 37 seconds in the 195 pound match.
Versailles won the final two matches against Milton-Union by forfeit with senior Brett Gigandet winning at 220 pounds and sophomore Jeffrey Ware winning at 285, giving the Tigers a 66-18 victory.
Versailles then advanced to the final round of the night against fifth-seeded Dixie, who was coming off a 35-33 victory against the Tyler Bey-coached Brookville squad, which was the fourth seed.
The Tigers faced their first deficit of the night when Dixie freshman J.C. Fox beat Versailles freshman Jacob Poling by a 10-5 decision in the opening 106 pound match, making the score 3-0.
Versailles tied up the match when sophomore Marcus Marshal beat Dixie sophomore Wyatt Nace 5-3.
Versailles then took a lead with sophomore Preston Platfoot pinning Dixie sophomore Tristan Hall in 1:48 at the 120 pound match and junior Lane Feltz winning by forfeit at the 126 pound match, making the score 15-3.
Versailles sophomore Kyle Wuebker then beat senior Zach Roberts 12-7 in the 132 pound match, and Versailles junior Tanner Bey pinned sophomore Evan Miller in 48 seconds in the 138 pound match to make the score 24-3.
Dixie cut into Versailles’ lead when senior Luke Buxton won a 15-5 major decision against Tiger sophomore Sean Besecker, making it 24-7.
Versailles senior Nathan Henry then won a 13-4 major decision against junior Steven Brown in the 152 pound match and Versailles senior Corey Dieringer won a 3-1 decision against senior Isaiah Pritchard in the 160 pound match to increase the Tiger lead to 31-7.
After junior Jonny Moorman won by forfeit in the 170 pound match, junior Bo Bey pinned Dixie sophomore Austin Brooks in 2:43 in the 182 pound match to increase the lead to 43-7.
Senior Kyle Gigandet in the 195 pound match and senior Brett Gigandet in the 220 pound match both won by forfeit to make it 55-7 in favor of Versailles.
In the final match of the evening, Dixie junior Cameron Coffman pinned Versailles sophomore Jeffrey Ware in 1:38 in the 285 pound match to make the final score 55-13.
“They’ve been doing real well all year,” Versailles coach A.J. Bey said of his team’s performance on Wednesday. “Obviously you’re going to wrestle a team with a tough kid on it. Hopefully you’ve got a tough kid in the weight class. All the kids wrestled pretty hard.”
Versailles now advances to compete against third-seeded Covington at 5 p.m. Feb. 3.
“That’s kind of how we figured we were going to face coming up,” Coach Bey said. “It’s going to be a tough match. They’ve got some real nice kids, and it’s going to come down to who is going to stay off their backs and not get the bonus points or who is going to get the bonus points. It’s going to be real tight.”