By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — The second-seeded Miami East wrestling team swept a pair of duals to kick off the OHSAA State Duals Tournament Wednesday night, shutting out No. 7 Madison Plains 78-0 and edged past No. 3 West Jefferson 36-24 to advance to next week’s Division III, Region 24 semifinal round.
In addition to picking up six forfeits against Madison Plains, the Vikings scored seven victories by pinfall as Graham Shore (120), Micah Davis (126), Alex Isbrandt (132), Cody Nickels (145) and Matthew Welker (182) all stuck pins in the first round — with Nickels’ coming in only 10 seconds. Cody Niswonger (195) added a second-period pin and Colton Kowalak (170) stuck his pin in the third period.
Against West Jefferson, though, things were not as easy.
Davis tied the score at 3-3 early by winning a 7-3 decision, then Shore scored a pin in the final second of the first period and Isbrandt picked up a forfeit to put East up 15-3. Zane Strubler (138) held on for a 4-2 decision and Nickels scored a second-period pin to extend the lead to 24-3, but West Jefferson picked up three wins in a row, two by pinfall, to close the gap to 24-18.
The teams then traded pins, with Welker sticking one early in the third period, to leave the gap at six points with two matches remaining and leave West Jefferson within striking distance. But Brenden Dalton (220) won a 7-2 decision and Zack Schellhouse (285) a 6-2 decision to put the finishing touches on the win.
Miami East will travel to Mechanicsburg next week to face the top-seeded Indians in the semifinal round, with Versailles and Coldwater meeting in the other semifinal. Before then, though, Miami East will compete in the LCC Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
MECHANICBURG — Fourth-seeded Covington held off No. 5 North Union 50-24 to open the OHSAA State Duals Tournament Wednesday night at Mechanicsburg before falling 72-6 to the No. 1 seeded host Indians.
Against North Union, Dolan Young (106) scored a 19-4 tech. fall to start things off, then Kyle Barge (120) stuck a pin in the second round. North Union picked up a pair of forfeits to hold a 12-11 lead at that point, but the Buccs ran off wins in five of the next six matches, with Austin Flick (132) and Kerringten Martin (138) scoring pins, Parker Dysinger (145) a forfeit and then Deron White (160) and Ross Bowman (170) scoring pins. Gavin McReynolds (195) added a 6-1 decision and Carl Lankford (285) capped off the win with a pin in 19 seconds.
Young scored the only victory against Mechanicsburg, sticking a pin in the second period in the opening match before the Indians ran off 13 straight wins to eliminate the Buccaneers.
Covington will compete in the LCC Invitational Friday and Saturday.
CAMDEN — Milton-Union’s season-long winning streak in dual competition came to an end in the Division III Region 23 quarterfinal round of the OHSAA State Duals Tournament Wednesday night at Preble Shawnee as the second-seeded Bulldogs blasted No. 7 Carlisle 72-12 but then fell to host No. 3 Preble Shawnee 41-30.
After giving Carlisle a forfeit to start the night, the Bulldogs ran off 11 straight victories. Aaron Beckman (113), Jordan King (120) and Tristan Persinger (126) each scored pins, then James Sager (132) picked up a forfeit before Kamron Paulus (138) and Jordan Cress (145) stuck back-to-back pins. Dylan Schenck (152) added a forfeit, Paul Brown (160) a pin, Caleb Black (170) a forfeit and then Chance Chapman (182) and Hunter Ross (195) two more pins before Carlisle was able to end the run with a win. Jeffrey Strawser (285) took a forfeit in the final match to close it out.
Preble Shawnee, however, won the first five matches to take a 25-0 lead, and it was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. Paulus, Cress, Brown, Black and Tyler Courtright (220) all scored pins for Milton-Union in the loss.
Milton-Union will compete in the Eaton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
OAKWOOD — Tippecanoe lost in the opening round of the Division II Region 16 bracket of the OHSAA State Duals Tournament Wednesday night at Oakwood, with the sixth-seeded Red Devils falling to No. 3 Carroll 54-16.
Blake Ballard (120) won a narrow 4-3 decision, Caleb Blake (138) scored a first-period pin, Lucas Moore (145) won a 12-7 decision and Grant Carlson (220) scored a 13-1 major decision for the Devils, who will next compete in the Eaton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
MARYSVILLE — Eighth-seeded Piqua and No. 9 Sidney traveled all the way to Marysville to face each other in the opening round of the Division I Region 6 bracket of the OHSAA State Duals Tournament Wednesday, with Sidney holding off the Indians 42-35 by virtue of forfeits.
Piqua scored wins in four of the five matches wrestled, as Sam Herndon (120), Tristan Hostetter (126) and Brennan Hicks (160) scored pins and Andrew Bolin (145) won a 16-1 tech. fall, but the Indians gave away six forfeits and lost the fifth match by pinfall.
Piqua will compete in the Ben Logan Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
* Girls Basketball
XENIA — The Troy girls basketball team remained above the .500 mark Wednesday night, holding off a scrappy Xenia team for a 36-32 victory on the road in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play.
A 10-4 third quarter proved to be the difference for the Trojans, with Troy (9-8, X GWOC American North Division) outscoring the Buccaneers (5-12, 3-7 GWOC American South) 22-13 in the second and third quarters combined and holding on from there.
Troy hosts Greenville Saturday to begin its second run through its division rivals this season.
W. Carrollton 17
WEST CARROLLTON — Tippecanoe (14-3, 10-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) remained perfect in division play Wednesday night by routing West Carrollton in GWOC American League crossover play 61-17 on the road.
Allison Mader went 9 for 9 from the field and led all scorers with 21 points for Tippecanoe. Claire Hinkle added eight points and Brooke Aselage chipped in seven as the Red Devils blanked the Pirates 22-0 in the first quarter and cruised from there.
Tippecanoe travels to Sidney Saturday.
Miss Valley 61
UNION CITY — The Bethel Bees won an offensive slugfest at Mississinawa Valley Wednesday night in Cross County Conference play, turning a three-point halftime deficit into an impressive 86-61 victory.
Morgan Crase scored 21 points to lead Bethel (6-8, 3-5 CCC), Alaina Hawthorn added 16 and Sarah Swisher chipped in 10 as the Bees trailed 38-35 at the half but outscored the Blackhawks 30-11 in the third quarter to take a 65-49 lead heading into the fourth.
Bethel hosted National Trail Thursday in a game that was not complete at time of press. The Bees travel to Troy Christian Saturday.
Other scores: Stebbins 71, Piqua 41.
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