FAIRBORN — The Wayne wrestling team competed in the annual Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Coaches Association Holiday Tournament held Dec. 28-29 at Wright State’s Ervin J. Nutter Center.
Wayne was in 26th place overall out of the 32 team field of Division I schools late Tuesday. The early rounds saw the Warriors have some success.
Freshman Zarik Brown (170 pounds) scored a pin (2:42) against Jake Isele of Dublin Jerome in the second round.
“Our opening round was pretty good with some surprise wins,” said Wayne Coach Randy Bitsko. “Zarik Brown’s match was a nice surprise.”
Brown went on to lose a 12-5 decision to junior Cameron Wilson of Glen Este. Brown then lost a 5-1 decision in the fourth consolation round to Simon Turner of Hudson.
Senior Keyan Jumper (145 pounds) scored a pin (2:35) over Josh Winston of Northmont in the second round of the tourney. In the third round Jumper dropped an 11-5 decision to Hunter Smith of Centerville. He came back to pin (2:26) Garret Young of Delaware Hayes in the fourth consolation round before losing a close 4-3 decision in the fifth consolation round to Mac Altom of Eaton.
Jordan Hardrick (160 pounds) scored a 5-2 decision over Jacob Yost of Springfield in the tournament’s second round before losing an 11-3 major decision to Garrett Jordan of Graham in the third round. In the consolation bracket Hardrick scored a 6-2 decision over Dante Fair of Watkins Memorial. He then lost a 6-4 decision to Corey Dierenger of Versailles.
Tyler Haworth (195 pounds) dropped a 6-4 decision to Brett Graziani of Campbell County in the second round. In the consolation bracket Haworth scored a pin of 16 seconds over Will Brumfield of Troy. He also pinned Jake Reitz of Hilliard Bradley in 1:34 and went on to pin Mason Hammond of Mohawk in 3:38. Haworth’s tournament came to an end when he lost by pin (2:59) to Kyle Gigandet of Versailles.
“We came in this morning (Tuesday) number 40 out of 57 teams, so there is progress being made,” Bitsko added. “We weren’t healthy and at full force in the tournament, that’s for sure. This time of year everybody is knocked down a little bit. We saw some things we need to work on and we got to see some great competition from throughout the state. There is nowhere for us to go but to getting better every day from here on out.”
Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind