With the sectionals beginning this week, last week was a light week
across the state as teams got healthy, got on weight and got ready to
battle toward the top of the mountain of the Month of Champions. Here’s who did what and the state wrestler of the week…
With the sectionals beginning this week, last week was a light week across the state as teams got healthy, got on weight and got ready to battle toward the top of the mountain of the Month of Champions.
But, it was another year, another CBC title for the Graham Falcons.
Graham blistered the field, putting 333.5 points on the board over the weekend. Kenton Ridge was second with 191 while Stebbins – who has had a breakthrough season – was third with 144.5 points.
Graham claimed seven titles and finished second in two others.
Of the seven titles, six were major decisions, technical falls or falls.
Freshman Eli Stickley started things off with a 20-8 decision in the finals at 106. Micah Jordan (126), Blake Kastl (145), Bo Jordan (152), Isaac Jordan (160) Huston Evans (182) and Darin Bovey (285) also recorded titles for the Falcons.
Cody Brennan (120) claimed a title for Stebbins while Kenton Ridge got a title from Bobby Mounts (170).
Dixie claims wild SWBL title: Dixie was able to hold on and claim the SWBL title in a two-day run where just 12 points separated the top three teams.
Dixie finished with 190 points while Eaton was second at 178.5 and defending champ Brookville was third with 178 points.
Franklin, wrestling without injured Oscar Romero, was fourth with 154 points while Valley View was a close fifth with 98 points.
In a battle of super freshmen, Bellbrook’s Cameron Kelly got some revenge on Eaton’s Michael May, recording the first period fall in the title match. May pinned Kelly in the quarter-finals at the Holiday Tournament.
Returning state runner-up Cody Steiner battled through the 120 bracket to take a 11-6 decision over returning state qualifier Aaron Wilbanks of Brookville in the title match.
Franklin’s Matt Middleton got a good start on the post-season with a 5-4 win over returning state qualifier Josh Vohbehren of Dixie in the 126 finals while Brookville’s returning state placer Nick Lipinski claimed the 132 title with a 6-1 win in the finals.
Carlisle’s returning state qualifier Jimmy Sandlin cruised to the title at 145 for the Indians.
Dixie and Brookville each won two weight classes while Eaton claimed one.
WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK
Matt Middleton, Franklin, Jr., 126: Middleton got tuned up for the Month
of Champions by claiming the SWBL title with a 5-4 win over returning
state qualifier Josh Vonbehren of Dixie.