MT wins FAC


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



The Miami Trace wrestling team after winning the Frontier Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Front (l-r); Aiden Johnson and Ashton Curtis; (first row, l-r); Graham Carson, Dawson Wallace, Mcale Callahan, Storm Duffy, Devin Seymour, Titus Lehr; (second row, l-r); Aaron Little, Treven Shoemaker, Vinny Munro, David Tyndall, Jared Seymour, Jayden LeBeau; (third row, l-r); Weston Melvin, Zane Brown, Bryce Bennett, Luke Bennett, Shane Seymour; (back, l-r); Kylan Knapp, Grant DeBruin, Luke Anders and Luke Hoppes.

The Miami Trace wrestling team after winning the Frontier Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Front (l-r); Aiden Johnson and Ashton Curtis; (first row, l-r); Graham Carson, Dawson Wallace, Mcale Callahan, Storm Duffy, Devin Seymour, Titus Lehr; (second row, l-r); Aaron Little, Treven Shoemaker, Vinny Munro, David Tyndall, Jared Seymour, Jayden LeBeau; (third row, l-r); Weston Melvin, Zane Brown, Bryce Bennett, Luke Bennett, Shane Seymour; (back, l-r); Kylan Knapp, Grant DeBruin, Luke Anders and Luke Hoppes.


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Miami Trace’s individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions: (l-r); Titus Lehr (106); Bryce Bennett (195); Grant DeBruin (285); Graham Carson (152) and Weston Melvin (113).


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Washington Blue Lion individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions (l-r); Collier Brown (220), Branton Dawes (120) and Kalub Wilkerson (160).


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Miami Trace’ Aaron Little (right) competes against Chillicothe’s Atraylyew Howard in a 126-pound match at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.


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Washington’s Branton Dawes wrestles Austin VanAllen of Jackson in the finals at 120 pounds. Dawes improved to 44-1 on the season with a 9-1 major decision win for the FAC title.


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Miami Trace’s Storm Duffy (left) faces off against Caleb Lake of Chillicothe in the finals at 138 pounds.


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Kalub Wilkerson of Washington (facing right) wrestles Kylan Knapp of Miami Trace in the finals at 160 pounds Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Wilkerson won an 8-2 decision in this bout.


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Miami Trace’s Weston Melvin (at right) grapples with Gavin Malone of Jackson at 113 pounds. Melvin won this match by injury default.


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Miami Trace’s Bryce Bennett wrestles McClain’s Phil Waters at 195 pounds in the finals at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Bennett won this battle by a 2-1 decision.


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Miami Trace’s Grant DeBruin (left) wrestles Washington’s Mason Mustain in a heavyweight bout at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. DeBruin won this epic struggle 5-3 in three overtimes.


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The Miami Trace Panthers wrestling team made it a three-peat in the Frontier Athletic Conference Saturday when they won the conference tournament after going 5-0 in the regular season dual meets.

Miami Trace won the conference tournament with 198.5 points.

Jackson was second with 145 points, followed by Washington in third with 144 points.

McClain was fourth with 73.5 points, followed by Chillicothe with 40.5 points and Hillsboro with 24 points.

That leaves the final FAC standings as follows: Miami Trace, 10-0; Jackson, 8-2; Washington, 6-4; McClain, 4-6 and Hillsboro and Chillicothe tie for fifth place at 3-7.

Miami Trace had five weight class champions: Titus Lehr, 106; Weston Melvin, 113; Graham Carson, 152; Bryce Bennett, 195 and Grant DeBruin, 285.

Washington had three weight class champions: Branton Dawes, 120; Kalub Wilkerson, 160 and Collier Brown, 220.

“The heavyweight match was a barn-burner,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Fondale said. “(Mason) Mustain is just a tough wrestler. He’s got a great record. He’s well-coached. He’s always just been tough. He and Grant have been going at it the last couple of years.

“It was a fun match to watch,” Fondale said. “There were a lot of close calls; a lot of intensity in that final match.

“We had a couple guys who won the FAC for the first time,” Fondale said, referring to Titus Lehr, Bryce Bennett and Grant DeBruin.

“I’m proud of our younger guys for stepping up,” Fondale said. “Some of our guys just had really tough weight classes. They still managed to find a way to either make it to the finals or score some team points.

“This was just an all-around team effort,” Fondale said. “We had every weight class filled. Everybody made weight, everybody stayed healthy and everybody wrestled hard. We’re just proud of these guys. They showed up ready to wrestle. We were fairly confident coming into the tournament, but we wanted to make a statement. We just wanted to completely take care of business. We’re happy with the effort we put forth.”

“We thought we could get five weight class champs,” Washington head coach Louis Reid said. “We ended up with three. Two seniors, Collier Brown and Kalub Wilkerson, wrestled their tails off. Kalub beat a kid that pinned him earlier in Kylan Knapp. He wrestled smart.

“Collier beat a returning State-qualifier in Kade Rawlins,” Reid said. “It was a really good match between those two. They’ll see each other next week (at the Sectionals).

“At 120, Branton Dawes repeated as a champion,” Reid said. “(Austin VanAllen) wrestled him a lot tougher. Even though we ended up winning big, it was a tough match. That kid wrestled us pretty smart. Dawes has great mat awareness. He was smart enough to put himself in good position to come out with the win.

“We had a wrestler out and Jenna Kuhn stepped in and finished second at 106,” Reid said. “At 113, Bryce Warner was third. At 132, Josiah Whitt beat a kid and made it to the finals and took second.

“At 145, Connor Day ended up third,” Reid said. “At 170, Jared Kuhn placed third. At 182, Dylan Moore made the finals and placed second. At 195, Trevor Crocker was fourth. At 285, Mason Mustain ended up second. He was second last year at 220. Last year, DeBruin pinned us. This year, we went to overtime. It was a great match. We’ve got to make some adjustments. DeBruin wrestled really smart.

“We’ve got to get back into the room and get back to work,” Reid said. “We’ve got to keep our kids healthy.”

“At this point in the season, there are no new techniques you can teach,” Fondale said. “There might have been some things happen during the matches today that we can talk to our kids (about), maybe they can tighten up on.

“We need to get our mind set ready as we go into Sectionals,” Fondale said. “It starts to become an individual-type of sport now. We can wrestle with anybody. We’ve been training all season just as hard as anybody else. There’s no reason we can’t go out and have a couple of upsets. Just get in the correct mindset. You need to wrestle like your season depends on it. For the seniors, they need to wrestle like it’s their last hoorah.”

1st Place match results:

106 – Titus Lehr, MT (11-24) pinned Jenna Kuhn, W (2-9), :30

113 – Weston Melvin, MT (40-7) injury default Gavin Malone, J (24-13)

120 – Brandon Dawes, W (44-1) 9-1 maj. dec. Austin VanAllen, J (33-7)

126 – Blake Sheeter, J (22-15) 5-4 dec. Atraylyew Howard, C (11-14)

132 – Lucas Jansen, Mc (25-12) pinned Josiah Whitt, W (17-23), :24

138 – Caleb Lake, C (27-3) 6-2 dec. Storm Duffy, MT (17-8)

145 – Joey Richison, J (36-6) 10-6 dec. Vincent Munro (21-10)

152 – Graham Carson, MT (40-8) 15-0 tech fall Quinton Smith, Mc (26-10)

160 – Kalub Wilkerson, W (31-10) 8-2 dec. Kylan Knapp, MT (24-10)

170 – Brice Parks, J (41-1) 21-5 tech fall Jayden LeBeau, MT (25-12)

182 – Anthony Parks, J (41-2) pinned Dylan Moore, W (9-6), :48

195 – Bryce Bennett, MT (35-14) 2-1 dec. Phil Waters, Mc (27-8)

220 – Collier Brown, W (37-7) 4-3 SV-1 dec. Kade Rawlins, Mc (10-3)

285 – Grant DeBruin, MT (38-8) 5-3 SV-3 dec. Mason Mustain, W (39-5)

FAC weight class champions:

106 – Titus Lehr, Miami Trace

113 – Weston Melvin, Miami Trace

120 – Branton Dawes, Washington

126 – Blake Sheeter, Jackson

132 – Lucas Jansen, McClain

138 – Caleb Lake, Chillicothe

145 – Joey Richison, Jackson

152 – Graham Carson, Miami Trace

160 – Kalub Wilkerson, Wsahington

170 – Brice Parks, Jackson

182 – Anthony Parks, Jackson

195 – Bryce Bennett, Miami Trace

220 – Collier Brown, Washington

285 – Grant DeBruin, Miami Trace

The Miami Trace wrestling team after winning the Frontier Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Front (l-r); Aiden Johnson and Ashton Curtis; (first row, l-r); Graham Carson, Dawson Wallace, Mcale Callahan, Storm Duffy, Devin Seymour, Titus Lehr; (second row, l-r); Aaron Little, Treven Shoemaker, Vinny Munro, David Tyndall, Jared Seymour, Jayden LeBeau; (third row, l-r); Weston Melvin, Zane Brown, Bryce Bennett, Luke Bennett, Shane Seymour; (back, l-r); Kylan Knapp, Grant DeBruin, Luke Anders and Luke Hoppes.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_MT-wrestling-team-at-FAC-2-22-2020.jpgThe Miami Trace wrestling team after winning the Frontier Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Front (l-r); Aiden Johnson and Ashton Curtis; (first row, l-r); Graham Carson, Dawson Wallace, Mcale Callahan, Storm Duffy, Devin Seymour, Titus Lehr; (second row, l-r); Aaron Little, Treven Shoemaker, Vinny Munro, David Tyndall, Jared Seymour, Jayden LeBeau; (third row, l-r); Weston Melvin, Zane Brown, Bryce Bennett, Luke Bennett, Shane Seymour; (back, l-r); Kylan Knapp, Grant DeBruin, Luke Anders and Luke Hoppes. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’s individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions: (l-r); Titus Lehr (106); Bryce Bennett (195); Grant DeBruin (285); Graham Carson (152) and Weston Melvin (113).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_MT-FAC-wrestling-champs-individuals-2-22-2020.jpgMiami Trace’s individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions: (l-r); Titus Lehr (106); Bryce Bennett (195); Grant DeBruin (285); Graham Carson (152) and Weston Melvin (113). Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Washington Blue Lion individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions (l-r); Collier Brown (220), Branton Dawes (120) and Kalub Wilkerson (160).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Blue-Lion-FAC-individual-champs-2-22-2020.jpgWashington Blue Lion individual Frontier Athletic Conference weight class champions (l-r); Collier Brown (220), Branton Dawes (120) and Kalub Wilkerson (160). Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’ Aaron Little (right) competes against Chillicothe’s Atraylyew Howard in a 126-pound match at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_MT-Aaron-Little-vs-Chill-at-FAC-2-22-2020.jpgMiami Trace’ Aaron Little (right) competes against Chillicothe’s Atraylyew Howard in a 126-pound match at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Washington’s Branton Dawes wrestles Austin VanAllen of Jackson in the finals at 120 pounds. Dawes improved to 44-1 on the season with a 9-1 major decision win for the FAC title.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Branton-Dawes-vs-Jackson-120-FAC-finals-2-22-2020.jpgWashington’s Branton Dawes wrestles Austin VanAllen of Jackson in the finals at 120 pounds. Dawes improved to 44-1 on the season with a 9-1 major decision win for the FAC title. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’s Storm Duffy (left) faces off against Caleb Lake of Chillicothe in the finals at 138 pounds.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Storm-Duffy-138-v-Chill-FAC-finals-2-22-2020.jpgMiami Trace’s Storm Duffy (left) faces off against Caleb Lake of Chillicothe in the finals at 138 pounds. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Kalub Wilkerson of Washington (facing right) wrestles Kylan Knapp of Miami Trace in the finals at 160 pounds Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Wilkerson won an 8-2 decision in this bout.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Kalub-Wilkerson-at-FAC-2-22-2020.jpgKalub Wilkerson of Washington (facing right) wrestles Kylan Knapp of Miami Trace in the finals at 160 pounds Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Wilkerson won an 8-2 decision in this bout. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’s Weston Melvin (at right) grapples with Gavin Malone of Jackson at 113 pounds. Melvin won this match by injury default.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_MT-Weston-Melvin-vs-Jackson-113-finals-FAC.jpgMiami Trace’s Weston Melvin (at right) grapples with Gavin Malone of Jackson at 113 pounds. Melvin won this match by injury default. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’s Bryce Bennett wrestles McClain’s Phil Waters at 195 pounds in the finals at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Bennett won this battle by a 2-1 decision.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Bryce-Bennett-vs-McClain-FAC-2-22-2020.jpgMiami Trace’s Bryce Bennett wrestles McClain’s Phil Waters at 195 pounds in the finals at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Washington High School. Bennett won this battle by a 2-1 decision. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

Miami Trace’s Grant DeBruin (left) wrestles Washington’s Mason Mustain in a heavyweight bout at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. DeBruin won this epic struggle 5-3 in three overtimes.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Grant-DeBruin-and-Mason-Mustain-FAC-2-22-2020.jpgMiami Trace’s Grant DeBruin (left) wrestles Washington’s Mason Mustain in a heavyweight bout at the FAC tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. DeBruin won this epic struggle 5-3 in three overtimes. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald photos

By Chris Hoppes

choppes@aimmediamidwest.com