Conley, Blust lead Tornadoes to ninth at Maumee

PHOTO SUBMITTED Columbian 138-pounder Caden Blust competes Saturday in the Maumee Bay Classic in Oregon.

OREGON — The snowstorm couldn’t stop the Maumee Bay Classic from happening this weekend, which benefitted several Columbian wrestlers.

Overall, the Tornadoes finished ninth in a 41-team field and walked away with several placers. TC had 97 ½ points. Brighton took the team title with 208 points.

Freshman 145-pounder Brody Conley was the lone title winner for TC. Conley pinned Anthony Wayne’s Jeremy Krause in 45 seconds to begin his tournament. He then topped Louisville’s Daniel Kennedy 10-1, pinned Medina’s Matt Hamula (3:14), dominated Kettering Fairmont’s Evan Overholser 15-0 and then took the title with a 10-6 win over Ontario’s Ethan Turnbaugh.

Caden Blust, a 138-pound senior, took third. After a first-round bye, Blust pinned Anthony Wayne’s Dawson Frederick in 1:57, while beating Findlay’s Jonah Smith 9-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Perrysburg’s Blake Saito bested Blust 11-3, sending him to the consolation bracket where he pinned Solon’s Trysten Zohansky in 3:34 and then beat Smith again for third place with a 12-2 major decision.

Also for TC, 152-pounder Brock Minnick placed eighth after getting pinned by Ontario’s Colton Turnbaugh in 2:02. Joey Simcoe, a 182-pounder, also was eighth. He got his 100th victory Friday, but had to settle for eighth after a medical forfeit to Northwood’s Austin Cole.

Lakota’s Franks wins title at Van Buren Invite

VAN BUREN — Due to the weather Saturday, Mohawk, Carey, Seneca East and Galion didn’t wrestle.

As a result, many semifinal and title matches were forfeits.

In the end, Eastwood took the team title with 210 points, while Mohawk was 15th (61), Seneca East was 16th (50 ½), Hopewell-Loudon was 17th (47), Lakota came in 20th (41 ½), Carey placed 21st (40), Calvert was 28th (4) and Fostoria finished 30th (2).

However, there was one area wrestler who took home a title — Lakota’s Trevor Franks. Franks won the 160-pound championship.

Franks took care of McComb’s Andrew Smith 18-6 in the semifinals before winning 7-3 over Gibsonburg’s Brady Jaso in the title match.

The only other area placer at Van Buren was Hopewell-Loudon’s Kole Freeman at 132 pounds. Freeman topped Lakota’s Austin Witte 11-0, got past Gibsonburg’s David Garcia by injury default and then slipped past Eastwood’s Mason Glaze 2-0 to take third place.