Kyle Shaner, Sports Editor
December 17, 2013
VERSAILLES — Despite the snowy conditions Saturday, the Versailles wrestling team hosted its Versailles Invitational with seven of the 11 teams scheduled to participate showing up to compete.
Covington won the invitational with Versailles finishing second and Beavercreek finishing third.
“We did alright,” Versailles wrestling coach A.J. Bey said. “We closed the gap a little bit on Covington. They beat us up pretty good the last time we wrestled them, so we’re closing the gap, and hopefully we get another shot at them.”
Versailles began the day with a 71-3 win against National Trial. The Tigers then beat Tippecanoe 54-24 and Lehman Catholic 70-12.
In the Tigers’ fourth match of the day, Covington beat Versailles 40-32 for the host team’s lone loss. Versailles rebounded in the final round to beat Beavercreek “B” 43-26.
“I thought we wrestled OK early on and then kind of got into a lull and didn’t wrestle real well and then came back at the end with this last one and won,” Bey said. “But we have a lot of things to work on in practice before we wrestle Thursday.”
At the top of the list of things to work on for Versailles prior to Thursday’s match at Greenville is mental toughness, Bey said.
“We’ve got a young team, but we’re four weeks into the season right now so we’ve got to get a little bit mentally tougher when we wrestle five dual meets in a day,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to wrestle the first one just like you do the last one.”
For Versailles, Tanner Bey in the 113-pound class, Nathan Henry in the 120-pound class, Matt Mangen in the 126-pound class and Kyle Dieringer in the 195-pound class each went 5-0 on Saturday.
Damon Miller in the 106-pound class, Kyle Gigandet in the 182-pound class and Ian Hiestand in the 220-pound class each went 4-1 for Versailles. Corey Dieringer in the 138-pound class and Bo Bey in the 145-pound class went 3-2.
Austin Didier in the 132-pound class went 2-1 while Seth Barga in the 152-pound class and Grant Keller in the 285-pound class both went 2-3. Shane McGlinch in the 160-pound class and Brett Gigandet in the 170-pound class both went 1-4.
Overall, the invitational went well, coach Bey said.
“We had some pretty good teams here,” he said. “I wish everybody could have got here, but you can’t control Mother Nature. Pretty happy that our school let us have it and all the other schools were allowed to come.”