Blue Lions turn tables on WHS wrestlers


By Mark Huber - [email protected]



Wilmington’s Gage Smith battles Washington’s Colton McNichols in a 220-pound match in the Region 15 State Duals tournament. Smith won by pin.


WASHINGTON – In another thrilling match, Wilmington was defeated by Washington 42-33 Wednesday night in the OHSAA State Duals Region 15 tournament at Washington Senior High School.

The quarterfinal victory puts the Blue Lions into next week’s Region 15 semifinal match with county rival Miami Trace. New Richmond and Western Brown will face off in the other semifinal match. The site has yet to be determined.

“This team can’t wait to get to the league (South Central Ohio League) meet where they can see both Trace and Court House,” WHS coach Kelly Tolliver said after the match.

Wilmington opened with a 53-28 win over a spirited McClain squad.

Washington defeated Chillicothe 62-6 in its first round match.

As expected, those wins put the Hurricane against the Blue Lions in the match of the night. The two teams met earlier this season with WHS winning 40-39 based on criteria after a 39-39 tie.

The Blue Lions took the early lead 18-6, with Sawyer Garrison scoring the win. Jacob Boldman’s pin at 132 made it 18-12. Isaac Allen won at 145 but the Hurricane trailed 24-15.

Bryant Bergefurd (pin) and Doug Eastes (decision) had back-to-back wins to get WHS within 30-24. Briten Kessler had a big win at 195 and then Gage Smith had a pin at 220 to send the outcome to the final bout of the night.

Wilmington’s Wesley Lunsford, in only the second varsity match of his career, was pinned by Blue Lion veteran Trevor Hicks.

“This team faced a lot of adversity coming into this match,” Tolliver said. “With all those things going against us and we still lost by only this much.

“This team is resilient.”

Tolliver commended wrestling of Smith and Kessler saying “both were very impressive.” The WHS coach also said Allen “has been on fire the last three weeks.”

SUMMARY

Jan 27, 2016

@Washington Senior HS

Wilmington 53 McClain 28

106- Cameron Smart (W) tech fall Shane Huff 18-2

113- Sawyer Garrison (W) won by forfeit

120- Tanner Tite (M) won by forfeit

126- Collin Greene (W) was pinned by Keegan Rowlins 1:19

132- Jacob Boldman (W) pinned Aaron Kovach 1:01

138- Trent Holliday (W) was pinned by Sid Wardlow 0:29

145- Isaac Allen (W) pinned Tommy Johnson 3:40

152- Scott Gehlbach (W) was dec by Kyler Trefz 15-4

160- Bryant Bergefurd (W) was pinned by Jake Badgley 2:56

170- Doug Eastes (W) pinned Ethan Taylor 3:27

182- RJ Tolliver (W) won by forfeit

195- Briten Kessler (W) won by forfeit

220- Gage Smith (W) won by forfeit

285- Wesley Lunsford (W) won by forfeit

Washington 62 Chillicothe 6

106- Collin George (W) won by forfeit

113- Chris Martin (W) dec DJ Upton-Barrows 10-5

120- Tre Thomas (W) won by forfeit

126- Chance Hall (W) won by forfeit

132- Zane Nelson (W) won by forfeit

138- Chris Conger (W) pinned Daries Harris 1:20

145- Conor Chrisman (W) was dec by Nick Lawhorn 8-5

152- Austin Hixon (W) dec De’Andre Haubeil 12-2

160- Elijah Shawn (W) dec Casey Crawford 7-5

170- Ethan Stewart (W) dec Joseph Hilliard 4-3

182- Mason McCane (W) pinned Jakob Staggs 1:50

195- Steven Willis (W) won by forfeit

220- Colton McNichols (W) dec Collin Lindsey 12-3

285- Trevor Hicks (W) pinned Nick Colley 4:12

Washington 42 Wilmington 33

106- Cameron Smart was pinned by Collin George 55:07

113- Sawyer Garrison pinned Chris Martin 1:20

120- Wilmington forfeits to Courtney Walker

126- Collin Greene was pinned by Tre Thomas 2:50

132- Jacob Boldman pinned Jay Fettig 0:41

138- Trent Holliday was pinned by Zane Nelson 1:01

145- Isaac Allen dec Chris Conger 4-3

152- Scott Gehlbach was pinned by Austin Hixon 0:40

160- Bryant Bergefurd pinned Elijah Shaw 0:42

170- Doug Eastes dec Ethan Stewart 8-4

182- RJ Tolliver was pinned by Mason McCane 4:45

195- Briten Kessler dec Steven Willis 3-0

220- Gage Smith pinned Colton McNichols 4:35

285- Wesley Lunsford was pinned by Trevor Hicks 1:49

Wilmington’s Gage Smith battles Washington’s Colton McNichols in a 220-pound match in the Region 15 State Duals tournament. Smith won by pin.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_wilm_smith.jpgWilmington’s Gage Smith battles Washington’s Colton McNichols in a 220-pound match in the Region 15 State Duals tournament. Smith won by pin.

By Mark Huber

[email protected]

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.

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