Prep Wrestling Roundup: Blue Devils claim third at Van Buren Invite
VAN BUREN – Carey went just 1 for 7 in placement matches, but the overall effort helped the Blue Devils capture third to lead the area Saturday at the Van Buren Invitational.
Otsego claimed the team title with 176 points, with Riverdale turning back Carey 145 1/2-126 1/2 for second.
Hopewell-Loudon came in sixth (100) in the 26-team field, Fostoria upended Lakota 71 1/2-54 1/2 for 14th, St. Wendelin ended 23rd (25) and Seneca East finished 26th (4).
Jevyn Pratt and Zack Sauber keyed Carey with runner-up finishes. Wayne Trace 106-pounder George Clements pinned Pratt (3:49), and Fremont St. Joe 220-pounder beat Sauber 7-3.
The Blue Devils got fourths from Zach Brodman (145), Cody Ferguson (152) and Jonathan Racheter (195).
Dylan Pratt added a fifth at 138 pounds, and Caden Johnson ended sixth (182).
The area’s lone champion came from H-L’s Damion Vitt, who blanked Elmwood’s Brik Dauterman 2-0 at 138 pounds.
Teammate Chet Swartzmiller fell 9-4 in the 113-pound title bout to Riverdale’s Kolten Martin.
Tristan Myers added a fourth (170), Braxton Young took fifth (126) and Alex Brock ended sixth (132) for H-L, which competed with only half of its team.
Fostoria 126-pounder Luke Leonard ended second after getting pinned by Otsego’s Buddy Limes (5:19).
Lance Smith added a fourth (132) for Fostoria, and fifths came from Austin Struble (113) and C.J. Matheny (160).
Lakota got sixths from Levi Beckford (113) and Madison Jaso (160).
St. Wendelin’s Cole Williams finished sixth (138).
TC’s Williams takes first at Maumee Bay Classic
MAUMEE – The Columbian wrestling team placed three of its grapplers at the Maumee Bay Classic, a who’s who tournament in the state.
The Tornadoes went in against a stacked lineup with 29 state-ranked wrestlers, four of whom were state runner-ups and two others who were state champions.
“We said it from the beginning, that we only go after the best competition,” Columbian’s head coach Chad Long said. “I don’t believe in filling our kids with false hope. This tournament is a great way to show where we stand.”
Seth Williams found where he stood, placing first at 170 pounds. Williams won a hard fought match by decision 8-4 against returning state-runner up Aaron Schette from Wauseon.
Columbian’s Mason Correll made it to the finals at 152, losing 4-3 to Mount Vernon’s Lucas Stanton and grabbing second place.
The only other Tornado to place in the tournament was Roman Williams, who ended sixth at 145 pounds after a 4-2 loss in overtime to Amherst Steele’s Austin Williams.
“Mentally we’re getting there and painting a picture for sectionals,” Long said. “I put our guys into these tournaments to mentally prepare them for what they will be up against down the road.”
Overall, Columbian placed 11 out of 37 teams. Delta won the tournament by edging out Clay 228 1/2-227 1/2.