By Joshua Brown
February 1, 2014
ST. PARIS — The last time Tippecanoe wrestling won a league title, it was in the SRC in 1987.
Logan Ferrell changed all that and more in Saturday night’s final match.
Ferrell (285) won a narrow decision in the heavyweight championship match at the Central Buckeye Conference Tournament at Graham Saturday, giving the Red Devils their first individual league champion since 2006 and their first-ever CBC Kenton Trail Division title — by one point in the team standings.
Ferrell was also named the Wrestler of the Year in the Kenton Trail Division.
“We had a tough final round, lost four or five matches that we were really counting on wins from,” Tippecanoe coach Jordan Krebs said. “Logan won his match, and we ended up winning the division by one point.
“Logan was key for us. His tournament performance today was the best wrestling I’ve seen from him all season. He’s finally settled down and is winning big matches for us. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Austin Robbins and Shane Dodd both placed third, while Gabe Callicoat, Jack Peura and Cole Smith all placed fourth. Brandon Ardnts placed fifth and Mitchell Poynter placed sixth.
CARLISLE — Milton-Union finished eighth as a team at the Southwestern Buckeye League Tournament Saturday at Carlisle, scoring 93.5 points on the day. Eaton won with 199.5, 40 points ahead of runner-up Franklin.
Kamron Paulus (113) and Canaan Berry (152) both won individual titles for the Bulldogs, while Chase Mayabb (145) finished second. Sam Hemmerick (138) placed third and Matt Bracci (285) placed sixth.
CASSTOWN — Miami East hosted a duals tournament Saturday morning, going 3-0 on the day by defeating Twin Valley South 68-6, Arcanum 72-6 and Riverside 78-6 to win the first Viking Duals.
Six Vikings were 3-0 on the day, including Dalton Loughman, Andy Harmon, Mack Rose and Ben Ferguson.
• Girls Basketball
Troy 48 OT
TROTWOOD — The young Troy Trojans held a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter Saturday at Trotwood, but the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division-leading Rams (15-4, 7-1 GWOC North) were able to rally and force overtime, eventually knocking off the defending division champions for the second time this season, 54-48.
“It was tough. We played three of the best quarters we played all year in quarters one through three,” Troy coach Nathan Kopp said. “But in the fourth, on the road with young kids, we took a couple of steps back. We let a nine-point lead slip away.”
It was a flipped script from the first meeting in Troy — but with the same result. Troy played sluggish in the first three quarters on Jan. 8 but rallied with a big fourth quarter to tie the score late — only to have the Rams connect on a bucket at the end to avoid overtime and win 35-33.
Freshman Kennedi Kyzer led Troy (6-12, 4-4 GWOC North) with 16 points, Sierra Besecker added eight and Zechariah Bond scored seven.
“Sierra was hot early, had six points in the first few minutes of the game,” Kopp said. “Bond hit a couple of big shots and we got good contributions from Bailey Dornbusch off the bench, who hit a big 3 and a couple of free throws. It was just two evenly-matched teams with contrasting styles, and in the end, they found a way to win.”
NW 50, Bethel 26
BRANDT — Northwestern (9-8) jumped out to an 18-2 first-quarter lead Saturday at Bethel, and the Bees (1-18) never recovered in a 50-26 loss.
Breanne Whetstone led Bethel with seven points and Jill Callaham and Kayla Grable each scored six.
Other scores: Madison (12-8, 10-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) 64, Milton-Union (7-10, 2-8 SWBL Buckeye) 37.
• Boys Basketball
TC 54, Houston 52
TROY — The Troy Christian Eagles celebrated Senior Night with a thrilling second-half comeback, knocking off a quality Houston (11-7) team 54-52 Saturday night.
Troy Christian, ranked No. 7 in Ohio in Division IV, found itself down by 10 after the first quarter and trailing 35-24 at the half. But the Eagles (15-2) responded with a 12-6 third quarter run and closed out the game with an 18-11 fourth to win it.
Junior point guard Grant Zawadzki led the way, hitting three 3s and scoring a game-high 32 points. Seniors Spencer Thomas and Holden Varvel added 11 and five points, respectively.
Bethel 68, NW 36
BRANDT — Thee Bees’ big three did plenty of damage Saturday night against visiting Northwestern, leading Bethel (13-2) to a 68-36 victory at home.
Christian Pfledderer hit three 3-pointers and led Bethel with 21 points. Patrick Bain added 18 points and seven steals and Christian Hagen scored 15 points.
Note: None of the other boys basketball games scheduled for Saturday night were complete at time of press. Check in Monday’s Troy Daily News for results from Saturday’s late games.
TROTWOOD — Heading into Thursday’s rescheduled Greater Western Ohio Conference North swimming meet at Trotwood, the Troy girls had designs on reclaiming the top spot in the division.
But Butler was able to defend its North title, scoring 582 points to Troy’s 460 on the girls side, and the Aviator boys completed the sweep by topping the Trojans by a 553-399 margin.
For the girls, the 200 medley relay team of Shelly Zelnick, Caroline Pratt, Courtney Carmack and Lindsey Orozco won (1:58.47), as did the 400 free relay team of Zelnick, Carmack, Orozco and Ashley Bruns (3:57.94). The 200 free relay team of Pratt, Shelby Campbell, Marina Wehrkamp and Annie Griffith was second (2:00).
Zelnick also won the 200 IM (2:08.39) and 100 back (59.4 seconds), Orozco won the 200 free (2:06.98) and 500 free (5:50.78) and Carmack won the 100 fly (1:07.77). Claire Beurger was second in the diving competition (134.15).
For the boys, the 200 free relay team of Matt Roetter, Tristan West, Nate Watkins and Joel Evans won (1:35.53), and the same foursome was second in the 400 free relay (3:37.69).
Evans won the 100 free (50.42 seconds) and was second in the 100 breast (1:02.96). Roetter won the 50 free (22.98 seconds) and was second in the 100 fly (57.93 seconds). West was second in the 200 free (2:01.89) and 500 free (5:35.33). Jared Liew was second in the 200 IM (2:18.1) and 100 back (1:03.9).
Roundup information compiled by Josh Brown.