TRENTON — The Wayne wrestling team placed 16th out of 21 teams at the Edgewood Invitational on Dec. 11-12 at Edgewood High School. Cincinnati LaSalle took top honors with 140.5 points while Dixie was runner-up with 134.5 points.
Tyler Haworth was the sole Wayne champion. He won the 195 pound championship by pinning Sycamore’s Edward Son in 54 seconds one of five pins in the final with the next quickest pin being in 2:33 in the 285 pound weight class. In the semifinal, Haworth recorded a 5-0 decision against Michaia Allozie-Dike of Purcell Marion.
“Tyler Haworth had a great finish, he had a great tournament, pinning his way through the tournament,” said Wayne Coach Randy Bitsko. “It was a great opportunity for him to come out as a senior and get a big win.”
Jordan Hardrick took third place at 160 pounds, recording a 5-4 decision against Allister Brausch, of Wilmington. He won his consolation quarterfinal match against Talawanda’s Preston Bressler by a 16-2 major decision.
In the consolation semifinal, Hardrick recorded a 5-2 decision against Milford’s Mark Wilfong. In the fourth consolation, Hardrick recorded a 19-4 technical fall against Josh Geiser of Simon Kenton. In the quarterfinal, Blake Wilson of LaSalle edged Hardrick 3-2.
“Jordan did a great job with his wrestling with the lack of conditioning that he had on the time on the mat,” said Bitsko. “For him to come out and take third in a strong tournament like Edgewood, he was one point and about 10 seconds away from being the first and second place match.”
Claiming fifth place was Keyan Jumper at 145 pounds, who won against Edgewood’s D.J. Whiles by default. In the consolation quarterfinal, Jumper pinned Sycamore’s Ryan Draughn in 1:41. In the fourth consolation, Jumper pinned Madison’s Noah Banks in 48 seconds. In the quarterfinal, Jumper was pinned by Whiles of Edgewood in 1:59.
Bitsko said he was disappointed in Jumper’s finish as he said he felt like he would place in the top four.
“But, at the same time, I was happy that he was working on new things…he likes to win, but we’re working through it. This meet is the start of the season and is an opportunity for us to work on the new things that we’re changing. There’s still some new moves that they’re working with Keyan and bringing into his arsenal so that he’ll be more competitive at the end of the season.”
Falling in the fourth consolation was Zarik Brown at 170 pounds, losing to Vance Geeslin of Milford 9-7. In the third consolation, Brown fell to Xenia’s Stephen Holton 15-11 while Tyler Wilcox dropped a 6-0 decision to Preble Shawnee’s Mason Williams at 220 pounds. At 285, Will Smith pinned Wilmington’s Alex Muslar.
At 180 pounds, Jared Kleff was pinned by Austin Brooks of Dixie in 4:17.
In the third consolation, Cole Clyne was pinned by Ryan Arnold of Monroe in 1:50 while Jon Hoover was pinned at 152 pounds by Noah Dixie of Milford.
In the second round, Mason King was edged at 126 pounds by Luke Reynolds of Carlisle 2-1 while Cline was pinned by Noah Gast of Sycamore (132) in 2:48. In other second round marches, Jumper recorded a 2-0 decision against Little Miami’s Sam Smith while Jon Hoover (152) was pinned by Amelia’s Eric Kennedy and Hardrick pinned Sycamore’s Miguel Dominguez in 5:22. Brown dropped a 17-3 major decision to Alex Couch of Edgewood while Miamisburg’s Seth Campbell pinned Kleff in 1:46. Peyton Bartley of Xenia recorded a 6-1 decision against Wilcox and Preble Shawnee’s Alex Steele pinned Smith in 47 seconds.
In the first round, Brown pinned Little Miami’s Tony Agricola in 3:57.
Bitsko said that Kleff and Brown “wrestled very well.” He said it came down to a matter of a lack of conditioning after having been in the wrestling room for three days. He said it’s a testament to the stamina that’s needed for wrestling compared to the strength and explosiveness for the football season. Bitsko said the football players who participated in a 15-game season are being put on the mat against grapplers that have been wrestling for six or seven weeks. Also coming out from football are Wilcox, Halworth and Hardrick.
Wayne will host a Super Quad at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against Piqua, Eaton, Kenton Ridge and Kenton Ridge. Wayne will also compete in the Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28-29 at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.
Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com.
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