Bellevue, H-L 2nd at SBC
By Jimmy Watkins
From Sandusky Register
NORWALK — The Bellevue wrestling team did not leave Norwalk High School with the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division title like it planned, but coach Brett Adkins couldn’t fault his team’s performance.
Despite finishing second to Sandusky Perkins 174-164 1/2, Adkins thought his team performed well at the SBC Tournament on Saturday. While he’d prefer to celebrate a conference title, Adkins is proud that every Bellevue wrestler made the podium pictures.
“We placed everyone we brought, so you can’t argue with that,” Adkins said.
Justin Mayes highlighted Bellevue’s afternoon with a first-place finish at 182 pounds. His championship match against Oak Harbor’s Wyatt Miller went to ultimate tiebreaker at 2-2. And in the final 30-second period, Mayes kept Miller in the referee’s position just long enough to claim the title.
“I knew that was gonna be a tough one,” Adkins said. “They both respect each other so much that they almost don’t want to do anything. Luckily, we didn’t have any stalling calls. It worked out.”
Dylan Adkins finished second at 220 pounds to Norwalk’s Alec Maloney by a 9-0 major decision. Other Bellevue placers included Clay Alley (seventh, 126), Caiden Walters (fifth, 132), Justin Smythe (third, 138), Max Ray (third, 145), Cody Kile (fifth, 152), Jared Weider (eighth, 160), Collin Corapi (fifth, 170) Evan Straub (fourth, 195) and Brock Nunez (sixth, 285).
Now the Redmen turn their attention toward the sectional tournament. And coach Adkins can’t think of a better tuneup than the competition his team faced on Saturday.
“The SBC is just unbelievable,” Adkins said. “You’ve got weights where multiple guys are ranked high in the state. It’s very tough. It’s definitely good preparation for next week’s sectionals.”
Despite finishing fifth in the Lake Division team standings with 124 points, Columbian claimed more individual SBC titles (three) than any other team at Saturday’s SBC Tournament.
After missing last year’s conference tournament with a knee injury, sophomore Bret Minnick claimed the Tornadoes’ first title when he beat Edison’s Hunter Vogus 7-3 at 126 pounds.
“It’s great to see him back here,” Columbian coach Travis Salyer said. “He deserves it. All these guys do.”
Freshman Maddox Simcoe won the next Columbian title at 132 pounds. The four-seed pinned top-seeded Jakey Neer of Edison in 1:59 during the semifinals before beating second-seed Caden Crawford of Hopewell-Loudon 8-6 for the title.
Simcoe lost to both Near and Crawford earlier this season.
“He got some payback here,” Salyer said of Simcoe. “He beat two guys he had lost to earlier. That’s not easy.”
Three weight classes later, sophomore Brody Conley became a two-time SBC champion by pinning Edison’s Shadrick Slone at 152 pounds. Conley beat Slone for last year’s 145-pound title.
Despite its three champions, Columbian’s team score suffered due to some late scratches from its lineup. The Tornadoes struggled with illness at 182 and 195 pounds leading into the tournament.
“I’m pretty happy with the dudes heading into sectionals,” Salyer said. “Last year, we had three finalists and two champs. This year four finalists and three champs. Pretty good day for being down a few guys.”
Joey Simcoe finished second at 170 pounds to end his SBC career as a four-time placer and two-time champion. Other Columbian placers included Luc Busdeker (eighth, 138), C.J. Poole (seventh, 145) and Kane Mears (fifth, 220).
Clyde got a third from James Batesole (126); a fourth from Joshua Stanley (152); fifths from Tyson West (138) and Derick Coleman (160); sixths from Dalton Boyd (106), Chris Oleksiak (120) and Cameron Krueger (145); a seventh from Christian Hummel-Meek (195); and eighths from Cade Carroll (170), Ben Seavers (220) and Trenton Mominee (285).
Lakota’s Trevor Franks won the 160-pound championship and was named the River Division’s most outstanding wrestler. His title win against Gibsonburg’s Jonathon Auld came via default.
Gibsonburg rolled to the River Division title by a 111-52 margin over Hopewell-Loudon. St. Mary (35), Lakota (29), Calvert (19) and St. Joe (3) rounded out the standings.
Along with Caden Crawford’s second, Hopewell-Loudon got a sixth from Lance Crawford (138), a seventh from Nicardo Garcia (152) and an eighth from Blake Hoover (126).
Lane Paul (145) backed Franks by taking seventh for Lakota.
Kaylor Reynolds (106) led Calvert by claiming third, and Jace Wilson (113) came in eighth.