LEES CREEK — The South Central Ohio League held its annual postseason tournament Saturday evening at East Clinton High School.
After going 7-0 in league dual meets during the season, Miami Trace won the league meet with a team total of 180.5 points, taking the championship for 2016.
Miami Trace had five weight class champions.
The Washington Blue Lions had four weight class champs and finished second overall in the SCOL.
For the Panthers, Coby Hughes won the 126-pound title with a 20-4 technical fall over Keegan Rawlins of McClain.
At 138 pounds, Derek Moore pinned Washington’s Chris Conger in the finals at 2:20 to win that weight class.
Drake Litteral, a junior, won a 5-1 decision over Nick Lawhorn of Chillicothe in the finals at 145 pounds.
At 195 pounds, Jared Fenner won an 8-3 decision over Steven Willis of Washington.
At 220 pounds, Dalton Bartley pinned Gage Goldick of Hillsboro in 1:15.
For the Blue Lions, Chris Martin won a 3-1 decision in the finals at 113 pounds over D.J. Upton-Burrows of Chillicothe.
Tre Thomas won the title at 120 pounds with a 6-3 finals decision over Tanner Tite of McClain.
Mason McCane won a 9-4 decision over Matthew Hottinger of Miami Trace at 182 pounds.
At heavyweight, Trevor Hicks pinned the Panthers’ Colin Wolffe in 5:38.
“Derek Moore (a junior) pinned all the way through,” Miami Trace head coach Ben Fondale said. “He worked very hard this summer and he’s made a lot of improvement
“Dalton Bartley either tech-falled or pinned all the way through,” Fondale said.
“Hughes (a sophomore) is now 40-4,” Fondale said. “So far he’s had a great season. His only losses have come to state-qualifiers or state-placers.
“Drake is starting to get comfortable with his offense,” Fondale said. “He’s gaining confidence.
“This was Jared Fenner’s first SCOL title,” Fondale said. “Pretty much the entire season, he’s been one of our kids who has wrestled with a lot of intensity, for the entire match. Very rarely do you see him playing defensive or not attacking.
“This was the best tournament Dalton Bartley has wrestled all year,” Fondale said. “His matches were really pumping up our kids. He got tech falls and pins and didn’t stop moving. He was really exciting to watch.”
“I was really proud of our kids,” Washington head coach Louis Reid said. “We bounced back. It really started with the state duals.
“We beat Chillicothe, then we beat a Wilmington team that had beaten us,” Reid said. “Then we beat a Miami Trace team that beat us. We wrestled solid against Western Brown and we carried that momentum into the league championship.
“We had four weight class champions,” Reid said. “For Chris Martin (a sophomore), that was his first league championship. He won one match last year. This year, he’s won 13 or 14. He beat a kid in the finals that had beaten him earlier this year.
“Tre Thomas (a junior) has been second twice at the league,” Reid said. “He finally got over the hump and won his first league championship.
“Mason McCane (a senior), that was his second SCOL title,” Reid said. “He won it in pretty dominating fashion. In the finals, he was pushed a little by (Matthew) Hottinger (of Miami Trace).
“Junior Trevor Hicks, he won his first league title in pretty dominating fashion,” Reid said. “He pinned everyone (three total).
“Sophomore Zane Nelson improved from fourth place last year to second place this year,” Reid said. “He defeated Gavin Moore of Miami Trace, who had pinned him earlier this season.
“Chris Conger lost in the finals to Derek Moore of Miami Trace,” Reid said. “We had beaten him earlier in the week (at the state duals).
“Senior Steven Willis was runner-up to Jared Fenner of Miami Trace,” Reid said. “Fenner has been wrestling really tough. He pinned us earlier this year. This time, he decisioned us. For Steven, placing second at league was a big deal.
“We had seven kids in the finals,” Reid said. “That’s the most finalists I’ve ever had. Overall, we had a really good day.
“I’m really pleased with my team,” Reid said.
Washington is having senior recognition Saturday at a bracketed tournament that begins at 10 a.m.
The Sectional tournament begins Friday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. at Washington High School, and continues on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.
Schools competing at the Washington Division II Sectional, in addition to the Blue Lions, are: Miami Trace, McClain, Hillsboro, Clinton-Massie, Wilmington, Bellbrook, Waynesville, Circleville, Logan Elm and Unioto.
Individual Place winners:
1st – Dawson Carter (H) dec. 8-4 Nathan Allygyer (CM)
3rd – Timmy Chaney (MT) dec. 5-3 Cameron Smart (W)
1st – Chris Martin (WCH) dec. 3-1 D.J. Upton Burrows (CH)
3rd – Wes Gandee (MT) No 4th place awarded
1st – Tre Thomas (WCH) dec. 6-3 Tanner Tite (Mc)
3rd – Austin Brock (EC) No 4th place awarded
1st – Coby Hughes (MT) tech. fall 20-4 Keegan Rawlins (Mc)
3rd – Collin Green (W) dec. 5-1 Zak Klisz (H)
1st – Jacob Boldman (W) pinned 4:37 Zane Nelson (WCH)
3rd – Gavin Moore (Miami Trace) dec. 4-2 Wyatt Wilkin (H)
1st – Derek Moore (MT) pinned 2:20 Chris Conger (WCH)
3rd – Zack Dillow (CM) pinned 1:38 Samuel Morgan (EC)
1st – Drake Litteral (MT) dec. 5-1 Nick Lawhorn (CH)
3rd – Isaac Allen (W) dec. 11-4 Noah Morgan (EC)
1st – Davey Tunon (CM) tech. fall 20-4 Bryant Bergefurd (W)
3rd – Thomas Wright (EC) pinned 4:06 De’Andre Haubiel (CH)
1st – Ross Lennon (CM) dec. 10-9 Jake Badgley (Mc)
3rd – Austin Miller (H) pinned Cameron Bloch (EC)
1st Anthony Tissandier (CM) pinned Curran Butler (H)
3rd Joseph Hilliard (CH) dec. Ethan Stewart (WCH)
1st Mason McCane (WCH) dec. 9-4 Matthew Hottinger (MT)
3rd Randy Tolliver (W) dec. 4-3 Jed Asmus (H)
1st Jared Fenner (MT) dec. 8-3 Steven Willis (WCH)
3rd Deegan Boris (H) dec. OT 3-2 Britten Kellser (W)
1st Dalton Bartley (MT) pinned 1:15 Gage Goldick (H)
3rd Jaskson Grigsby (CM) maj. dec. 15-7 Colton McNichols (WCH)
1st- Trevor Hicks (WCH) pinned 5:38 Colin Wolffe (MT)
3rd- Lane Cluff (H) pinned :21 Wesley Lunsford (W)
2016 SCOL Wrestling Tournament
1. Miami Trace 180.5
2. Washington 137
3. Clinton-Massie 112.5
3. Hillsboro 112.5
5. Wilmington 100.5
6. McClain 52
7. Chillicothe 49.5
8. East Clinton 47
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