East, Covington wrestlers finish 2-3 at LCC tournament

Staff Reports

LIMA — The Miami East wrestling team finished second at the Lima Central Catholic Invitational, while Covington was third.

Graham Shore (112) led the Vikings by winning the tournament.

Shore decisioned Tyler Wetzel of Mechanicsburg 10-4 in the championship match.

Finishing second were Alex Isbrandt (126) and Ben Ferguson (285).

Isbrandt lost 6-0 to George Clemons of Wayne Trace in the title match, while Ferguson lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Brandon Bennett of Patrick Henry.

Zane Strubler (132) finished third.

He decisioned Schuyler Carprella of Allen East 6-5 in the third-place match.

Daniel Everett finished fourth.

He lost a 7-3 decision to Andrew Nichols of Columbus Grove in the third-place match.

Caden Hellyer (220) added a sixth-place finish.

He forfeited his fifth-place match to Isaiah Harding of Greeneview.

For Covington, Ryan Ford (138) advanced to the finals with a pin over Brenden Biddle of Lakota West and a 14-3 major decision in the semifinals over Trevor Reed of New London. He then dropped a back-and-forth 6-4 overtime decision to Tanner Smith of Mechanicsburg in his final bout.

Lance Miller (160) advanced to the finals with 10-0 major decision over Grant Kaiser of Coldwater, followed by a 7-4 semifinal victory over Nate Meyer of St. Paul. He then forfeited his finals bout due to injury.

Brandon Magee (182) punched his ticket to the finals with a semifinal pin over Andrew Nichols of Columbus Grove after earning a 7-2 victory over Grady Hedrick of St. Paul. He then injury defaulted his finals match to Daniel Beemer of Ottawa-Glandorf.

Connor Ryan (113) finished in fifth-place after pinning Preston Brubaker of Columbus Grove in his last match. He advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Kyle Denier of Blanchester, before dropping a 14-6 major decision to Miami East’s Graham Shore and a 3-2 decision to Evan Guilford of Ayersville.

Carl Lankford (285) finished in 6th place after dropping a 7-4 decision to Coldwater’s Thomas Schweiterman. Lankford earned three consecutive pins to battle through the consolation bracket before falling in the consolation semifinals.

Josh Sowers (145) and Joey Schmelzer (170) both finished in the top-8, but one win short of placing. Sowers opened the day with two consecutive pins in the consolation bracket before dropping his last match, while Schmelzer won by pin and decision before losing his last match.

Coleman Ryan (120), Jared Ford (126) and Seth Thomas (220) each dropped their fourth consolation round bouts.

Covington travels to Versailles on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to face the Tigers in the regional semifinals of the OHSAA Dual Meet tournament.