HILLSBORO — The final-ever South Central Ohio League wrestling tournament was held Saturday, Feb. 18 at Hillsboro High School.
Clinton-Massie came into the tournament in first place after the season’s dual meets.
The Falcons ended up winning the SCOL’s final wrestling title by winning the tournament.
Massie scored 159 points at the SCOL tournament. The had four SCOL champions.
Miami Trace was second coming into the tournament.
The Panthers were second in the tournament with 121.5 points, edging the Washington Blue Lions by one-half point.
Wilmington was fourth with 85.5 points, Hillsboro was fifth with 84 points, East Clinton was sixth with 58 points, followed by McClain with 55.5 points and Chillicothe with 45 points.
In the final league standings, Clinton-Massie is the overall champion, followed by Miami Trace in second and Washington in third. Wilmington is in fourth place.
Hillsboro places fifth, followed by McClain, East Clinton and Chillicothe.
The Panthers had four weight class champions: Storm Duffy at 106; Coby Hughes at 132; Dereck Moore at 152 and Jared Fenner at 195.
“It was pretty cool to have a freshman win an SCOL title,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Fondale said of Duffy. “We’ll have him for the next three years.
“Coby Hughes won the league title at 132,” Fondale said. “He’s a junior and a returning State-qualifier for us. He’s looking to repeat what he did last year by returning to State.
“Dereck Moore had a repeat of last year’s SCOL championship match, wrestling Chris Conger of Washington,” Fondale said. “Dereck beat him last year, also.
“Jared Fenner also repeats as SCOL champion at 195 pounds,” Fondale said.
James Munro was third at 160 pounds with a 10-6 decision over Mason Stanley of Hillsboro.
Jack Anders placed third at 170 with a 20-7 major decision over Collier Brown of Washington.
Bladeth Leamon was fourth at 145 pounds, Joshua Puckett was fourth at 113 pounds and Colin Wolffe was fourth at heavyweight.
“This year, one of our biggest struggles as a team was consistency,” Fondale said. “We started out the year a little bit rough. Then we had about a month where we wrestled really well. We won the McDonald’s tournament and we ended up making it to the State duals. We were on top of our game. Then, in the last week or so, we’ve fallen into that inconsistency again, unfortunately.
“It’s unfortunate that we weren’t able to win the last SCOL tournament, since the league is dissolving,” Fondale said. “
The Blue Lions had three weight class champions: Tre Thomas at 126; Zane Nelson at 145 and Trevor Hicks at heavyweight.
Chris Conger was second at 152 pounds.
Collin George was third at 113 pounds, pinning Joshua Puckett of Miami Trace in 1:31.
Levi Clay was third at 120 pounds with an 8-3 decision over Tito Garcia of Chillicothe.
Kalub Wilkerson pinned Trent Holliday of Wilmington in 4:34 to take third for the Blue Lions.
“We had three SCOL champs this year,” Washington head coach Louis Reid said. “We had four last year. Tre Thomas repeated, he’s a two-time champ. Trevor Hicks repeated, he’s a two-time champ. And Zane Nelson won his first SCOL title after finishing second last year.
“Chris Conger had a tough match with Dereck Moore,” Reid said. “They’ve split matches over their career. This was the first time they actually wrestled a full match. Last year Dereck beat Chris in the finals also.
“This was sophomore Collin George’s first time placing at the league meet,” Reid said. “He also had to beat a good Wilmington wrestler (Cameron Smart) to wrestle for third place.
“Levi’s a junior,” Reid said. “This was the first time Levi’s ever got to wrestle league. He hasn’t wrestled a full season since eighth grade. He’s been wrestling really well.
“Freshman Kalub Wilkerson has been wrestling really well as of late,” Reid said. “He picked up a solid third for us pinning Trent Holliday of Wilmington.
“This is Connor Lane’s first year wrestling varsity,” Reid said. “He wrestled really solid. Freshman Collier Brown ended up fourth for us also. He had a good tournament.”
Clinton-Massie had four weight class champions: Matt Asher, 113; Blake Seaman, 120; Anthony Tissandier, 170 and Sam Brothers, 220.
Wilmington, East Clinton and McClain each had one weight class champion: R.J. Tolliver, Wilmington, 182; Keegan Rawlings, McClain, 138 and Thomas Wright, East Clinton, 160.
Washington High School hosts the Division II Sectional tournament starting Friday at 5 p.m. and continuing Saturday commencing at 10 a.m. A top four finish at the Sectional qualifies a wrestler on to the District beginning Friday, March 3 at Wilmington High School.
“The goal is to have everyone on our roster make it through to the District,” Fondale said.
The Panthers won the Sectional tournament last year and qualified seven to the District tournament.
The Blue Lions placed third at the Sectional last year and sent seven to the District tournament.
“We’re shooting for seven or more District qualifiers,” Reid said. “We would like to have three or four kids win a Sectional title. As a team, we believe we are in the running. We were in the hunt for a league title. We just missed second by half a point.”
Reid said some of the teams he feels can win the Sectional are, the Blue Lions, Miami Trace, Clinton-Massie, Circleville and Logan Elm.
“It’s going to be a battle for the Sectional championship,” Reid said. “I believe it will come down to the very end.”
106: Storm Duffy (Miami Trace) pin Sam Eastes (Wilmington) 1:36;
113: Matt Asher (Clinton-Massie) pin Quinton Smith (McClain) 0:40;
120: Blake Seaman (Clinton-Massie) pin Dawson Immel (McClain) 3:50;
126: Tre Thomas (Washington) dec. Jordan Pierce (Wilmington) 7-5;
132: Coby Hughes (Miami Trace) pin Austin Brock (East Clinton) 0:36;
138: Keegan Rawlins (McClain) pin Zack Dillow (Clinton-Massie) 5:49;
145: Zane Nelson (Washington) pin Robbie Fredrick (Clinton-Massie) 5:53;
152: Derek Moore (Miami Trace) dec. Chris Conger (Washington) 11-9;
160: Thomas Wright (East Clinton) disq. Isaac Allen (Wilmington) Disq;
170: Anthony Tissandier (Clinton-Massie) pin Joseph Hilliard (Chillicothe) 4:38;
182: R.J. Tolliver (Wilmington) dec. Cody Collingham (Clinton-Massie) 6-3;
195: Jared Fenner (Miami Trace) pin Christian Stone (East Clinton) 2:28;
220: Sam Brothers (Clinton-Massie) pin Jared Conn (Hillsboro) 5:15;
285: Trevor Hicks (Washington) pin Lane Cluff (Hillsboro) 3:15;
106: Brayden Esposito (East Clinton) maj. dec. Connor Lane (Washington) md12-2;
113: Collin George (Washington) pin Joshua Puckett (Miami Trace) 1:31;
120: Levi Clay (Washington) dec. Tito Garcia (Chillicothe) 8-3;
126: Nathan Allgyer (Clinton-Massie) pin Matt Horn (East Clinton) 2:44;
132: Kalub Wilkerson (Washington) pin Trent Holliday (Wilmington) 4:34;
138: Noah Stirr (Wilmington) dec. Chad Bieler (Hillsboro) 7-2;
145: Wyatt Wilkin (Hillsboro) dec. Bladeth Leamon (Miami Trace) 5-2;
152: Ross Lennon (Clinton-Massie) pin Cordell Covault (Hillsboro) 2:39;
160: James Munro (Miami Trace) dec. Mason Stanley (Hillsboro) 10-6;
170: Jack Anders (Miami Trace) maj. dec. Collier Brown (Washington) md20-7;
182: Austin Miller (Hillsboro) dec. Nick Erslan (Chillicothe) 6-3;
195: Collin Lindsey (Chillicothe) pin Richard Adkins (Hillsboro) 3:18;
220: Cole Maxson (Chillicothe) pin Kai Borrelli (McClain) 3:13;
285: Conner Barton (Wilmington) dec. Colin Wolffe (Miami Trace) 2-0;
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