By Rob Kiser and David Fong
KETTERING — The Troy wrestling team had a number of positives at the GWOC wrestling meet over the weekend at Trent Arena — from the highlight of the first day of the tournament by 220-pounder Christian Nation on Friday, to Davin Snyder’s strong finish on Saturday.
In the end, the Trojans had four wrestlers place in the top six and finished 12th overall — and third in the GWOC North — with 73 points.
“This is a really tough tournament,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said.
Davin Snyder led the Trojans, bouncing back from a quarterfinal loss Friday night to finish third at 182 pounds.
Snyder, the third seed had lost 11-6 to sixth seed Seth Rawlings of Beavercreek.
“He (Davin Snyder) was banged up in the quarterfinals,” Curnes said. “But, that is the way it goes.”
On Saturday, he pinned Jacob Newburg of Lebanon in 3:34, decisioned Seth Vondenhuevel of Sidney 11-6, decisioned Garrett Fogel of Fairmont 4-1 and beat third seed William Nibert of Greenville 9-6 in the third-place match.
“Davin (Snyder) had a strong tournament,” Curnes said.
Christian Nation, a sophomore 220-pounder and unseeded, had the big moment Friday night when he pinned second seed David Henson of Northmont to advance to the semifinals.
“That was so exciting,” Curnes said. “He had the guys heels reaching for the celing and everyone in the crowd was oohing and awing.”
On Saturday, Nation settled for a fifth-place finish.
He was trailing just 10-9 when he was pinned by third seed Bradley Smith of Beavercreek in 4:48.
His next match was a rematch — with Henson, who won by tech fall 15-0.
“It is tough, but if you beat a guy once you should be able to beat him again,” Curnes.
He ended the tournament with a pin of Tyler Haworth of Wayne in 1:46.
Brandon Lewis (106) and Ben Andrews (113) both finished sixth.
Lewis, a junior, stepped in at that weight when Joe Pascale was lost for the season with an injury.
After pinning Kenneth Wilson of Fairmont in 2:16 and Reid Salzer of Springboro in 2:41 in the consolation to guarantee himself a spot on the podium, he lost 10-5 to Patrick Dillon of Lebanon and a 14-5 major decision to Cole Maguire of Miamisburg.
“He was behind guys for two and a half year and then got throw in there,” Curnes said. “In a tough tournament, he got up on the podium.”
Curnes was particularly excited about Andrews performance.
After losing to eventual champion and returning state qualifier and GWOC Central Wrestler of the Year Chad Craft of Northmont on Friday, Andrews recorded a 6-5 decision over Ryan Fey of Centerville and 7-1 decision over Dean Hurd of Greenville to earn his spot on the podium.
He was then pinned by Vandalia-Butler’s Josh Suddeth in 2:25 and pinned by Jacob Boulton of Springboro in 3:25.
“He (Ben Andrews) is a kid I want to talk about,” Curnes said. “He is a kid who has been a sub-500 wrestler and when he gets his chance as a senior, he comes down here and gets on the podium at the GWOC. I can’t say enough about that.”
Troy had three wrestlers who were one win from placing.
They were Justin Mittlestadt (138), Frankie Quintero (145) and Shane Shoop (152).
“Now we have to see how we recover for the quad this week,” Curnes said.
Troy will host Piqua, Greenville and West Carrollton on Wednesday night.
Southwest Buckeye League
FRANKLIN — The Milton-Union wrestling team captured its first division title in more than a decade, placing second overall and winning the Buckeye Division at the Southwest Buckeye League Championships over the weekend.
Eaton was first overall with 183.5 points. Milton finished with 148.5 points.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs were Kamron Paulus (132 pounds) and Chase Mayabb (145), both of whom captured individual titles. In his title match, Paulus beat Oakwood’s Jacob Kordik 6-2 while Mayabb beat Dixie’s Luke Buxton 8-5.
Dylan Schenck (126), Jordan Cress (138) and Austin Menker (152) all placed second for the Bulldogs. Jordan King (120) and Caleb Black (170) both placed fifth.
Central Buckeye Conference
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe placed fifth overall at the Central Buckeye Conference championships at Kenton Ridge High School over the weekend.
Graham won the event with 329.5 points. Tippecanoe finished with 120 points.
Jack Peura (152 pounds) and Logan Ferrell (285) both captured individual titles for the Red Devils. In his title match, Peura beat Graham’s Joey Sanchez 10-4, while Ferrell pinned Stebbins’ Anthony Elhajjmoussa in 2:33 to take first.
The Red Devils’ Russell Ramsey (113), Caleb Blake (145) and Grant Carlson (195) all placed third. Mason Pence (170) placed fifth, while Zach Sorah (220) placed fifth.
COVINGTON — Host Covington went 6-0 to win the Covington Duals Saturday, while Miami East was the runner-up after going 4-1.
Covington beat Twin Valley South 69-6, Lehman 68-0, National Trail 54-12, Tri-County North 72-6, Arcanum 57-6 and Miami East 52-19.
Going undefeated on the day for Covington were Connor Ryan (113 pounds), Keringten Martin (132), Ryan Ford (138), Josh Sowers (145), Gage DeHart (152), Deron White (152), Lance Miller (160), Gavin McReynolds (160), Joey Schmelzer (170) and Ian Wilson (170).
Alexis Roth (106), Coleman Ryan (120), Jared Ford (126), Riley Richards (126) and Seth Thomas (220) all suffered just one loss.
Miami East beat National Trail 66-17, Twin Valley South 65-16, Arcanum 67-12 and Lehman 69-9.