By Josh Brown
WEST MILTON — Three Bulldog wrestlers claimed individual championships Saturday at as host Milton-Union won its own Bulldog Invitational handily with 251 points, with Preble Shawnee a distance second with 186 points and local rival Tippecanoe fifth with 130 points.
Fresh off of his championship at the GMVWA Holiday Tournament, Kamron Paulus (138) won a title by pinning Monroe’s Christian Leach in the first period. Dylan Schenck (152) followed that effort by placing first in pool wrestling, and Caleb Black (170) scored a pin late in the second period over West Liberty-Salem’s Ely Serna to capture a title.
Jordan Cress (145) and Tyler Courtright (220) both placed second, Jordan King (120), James Sager (132) and Jeffrey Strawser (285) placed third, Aaron Beckman (113) placed fourth, Owen Lewis (160) placed fifth and Tristan Persinger (126) placed sixth.
Tippecanoe’s Caleb Blake (145) won a 7-2 decision over Milton-Union’s Cress to claim a title, while Grant Carlson (220) finished first in pool wrestling.
Lewis Abram (132), Lucas Moore (152) and Mason Pence (182) placed fourth, while Blake Ballard (113), Cameron Abrams (120) and Vincent Snouffer (138) placed sixth.
Tippecanoe travels to Carroll for a dual on Thursday, while Milton-Union will compete in the Southeastern Invitational on Jan. 14.
* Boys Basketball
Troy 65, Tecumseh 53
NEW CARLISLE — Upon hearing his Trojans referred to as “weekend warriors,” Troy boys basketball coach Paul Bremigan laughed.
“Hopefully we can turn it around and do it on Tuesday, too,” Bremigan said. “We’ve got a big crossover game against Fairborn on Tuesday that counts as a league game now.”
Saturday night, the Trojans (4-5) won their third straight game on a Friday or a Saturday, with Zach Reichelderfer and Zach Boyer both posting double-doubles in a 65-53 victory on the road at Tecumseh in non-league play.
Reichelderfer had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Boyer had a career-best 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way. Ryan McClurg added 13 points and Hayden Kotwica chipped in four.
“Reichelderfer and Boyer controlled the boards for us tonight and got a lot of offensive rebounds,” Bremigan said. “The kids played hard tonight. I was real happy with the effort. Boyer had his best game of the year, and everyone played well the whole night.”
Three of Troy’s four wins this season are on weekends, with one coming on a Thursday, as well. The Trojans are 0-4 in Tuesday games, though, where a win in any one of those games would have gotten the Trojans back to the .500 mark on the year.
Troy hosts 3-6 Fairborn Tuesday.
Legacy Christian 59
BRANDT — Bethel didn’t shoot well, from either the field or the free throw line.
When they needed to, though, the Bees made plays to maintain control in a non-league matchup Saturday against Legacy Christian, and Tyler Terry hit clutch free throws in the end to seal a 66-59 victory.
“I had a bad feeling this morning,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “We end each practice with a drill we call ‘win the game,’ and we struggled. We struggled in the shootaround in the morning, and it always seems to find its way into our game when we don’t do well in practice.
“We shot 16 for 30 from the free throw line. We didn’t shoot it well, but Tyler Terry came in and hit four in a row to seal the game for us in the fourth, which was huge.”
Caleb South, who had 31 points in Friday night’s win, had his low total of the season with 16 points on the night but did the job distributing the basketball. Kendal James hit three 3s and added 11 points and Terry finished with 10 points on the night. Christian White scored eight and Ryan Rose had seven.
“We’re starting to spread the ball around more,” Kopp said. “Caleb struggled from the line and some from the field, but he’s starting to make the right play more and more — and the more he does that, the tougher we’ll be to beat.”
Bethel hosts Tri-County North Tuesday.
Other scores: Newton 67, Botkins 63.
* Girls Basketball
Troy Christian 66,
TROY — The Troy Christian girls basketball team shut out visiting Riverside in the first quarter and only allowed four points by halftime, cruising to a 66-19 victory Saturday.
The Eagles had no such problems on offense, with three players in double figures. Kenley Blake scored 16 points, Lauryn Lavy added 13 and Hailey Peters scored 10, with Kathryn Lee and Cara Salazar each chipped in eight points.
Troy Christian (8-2) hosts Middletown Christian Thursday.
FAIRBORN — Troy struggled to contain Fairborn’s Chloe Johnson, who hit five 3s and scored a game-high 21 points in a 49-39 Trojan loss Saturday on the road.
Alaura Holycross led Troy with 12 points and eight rebounds, Kiyha Adkins came off the bench and scored eight points and Tia Bass and Bailey Hess scored five apiece as the Trojans (6-5, 2-4 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) fell behind 26-22 at halftime and were then outscored 15-8 in the third.
Troy returns home to face Stebbins Wednesday.
SPRINGBORO — Tippecanoe’s eight-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Panther defense held the Red Devils (8-2) to only nine points in each quarter in a 50-36 loss.
Brooke Aselage was the lone Devil in double figures with 12 points, with Cali Stewart and Allison Mader each scoring eight.
Tippecanoe travels to Piqua Monday for a makeup game.
WAYNESVILLE — Milton-Union took its shot at undefeated Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division leader Waynesville (11-0, 5-0) Saturday, but a slow start cost the Bulldogs in a narrow 40-35 defeat.
Kristen Dickison led Milton-Union (6-4, 2-2 SWBL Buckeye) with 15 points and five rebounds, Taylor Jacobs had six points and 11 rebounds and Olivia Brown had four points in the loss.
Milton-Union travels to Covington Monday.
Legacy Christian 44
PLEASANT HILL — Newton’s Tatum McBride led all scorers with 31 points Saturday, leading the Indians to a 59-44 victory over Legacy Christian at home.
Newton travels to National Trail Thursday.
Other scores: St. Henry 84, Bradford 48.
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