TIPP CITY – Five of Greenville’s nine wrestlers qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association district tournament by placing in the top four of their weight classes in the sectional tournament at Tippecanoe.
As a team Greenville finished seventh out of 12 teams with 106.5 points as eight of its wrestlers placed in the top six in their weight classes. The Green Wave placed behind Urbana, Middletown Madison, Franklin, Talawanda, Benjamin Logan and Oakwood while placing ahead of Alter, Thurgood Marshall, Valley View, Trotwood-Madison and Kenton Ridge.
Greenville’s top individual finisher was Jacob Mikesell, who finished as the runner up in the 120 pound class. He pinned Talawanda’s Nathan Kates in 1:44, pinned Trotwood’s Demiri Randle in 3:40 and then lost 20-4 to Urbana’s Jaylin Cameron in the championship match.
Austin Lacey finished third in the 106 pound match. After pinning Thurgood Marshall’s Traevon Wise in 28 seconds, Lacey was pinned by Valley View’s Cory Alspaugh in 1:06. He then pinned Oakwood’s Devin Lucas in 46 seconds and pinned Alter’s Devin Lucas in 2:08.
Jeremy Eshbaugh finished third in the 145 pound class for Greenville. He beat Valley View’s Kole Deel 4-0 and then lost a 5-2 decision to Urbana’s Braeden Lehman. Eshbaugh then won a 10-2 major decision against Oakwood’s Trent Gould and pinned Ben Logan’s Mitch Current in 4:49.
William Nibert finished third in the 182 pound class. He pinned Talawanda’s Rawn Wilson in 4:43 before being pinned by Kenton Ridge’s Nate Walden in 3:30. Nibert then won by a 15-0 technical fall against Middletown Madison’s Zach Banks and won a 12-2 major decision against Franklin’s Hunter Lester.
Dean Hurd placed fourth for the Green Wave in the 113 pound class. Hurd pinned Franklin’s Matt Huff in 2:48 and then was pinned by Middletown Madison’s Drew Price in 3:54. He then pinned Alter’s Jacob Scheidler in 43 seconds before being pinned by Oakwood’s Ian Campbell in 27 seconds.
Greenville’s Christian Chalmers finished fifth in the 160 pound class and is an alternate for the district meet. He lost by an 18-2 technical fall against Talawanda’s Preston Bressler in his first match but then pinned Valley View’s Austin Napier in 2:16. He was pinned by Oakwood’s Carston King in 43 seconds and then won a 12-0 major decision against Franklin’s Devin Scott.
Joseph Edwards finished sixth in the 132 pound class for Greenville. Edwards was pinned by Talawanda’s Ian Shomaker in 52 seconds. He then pinned Kenton Ridge’s Matt Tateman in 2:23, was pinned by Urbana’s Ezra Lee in 45 seconds and lost a 12-7 decision against Ben Logan’s Orin Reames.
Jacob Goldsmith finished sixth in the 138 pound class. He lost a 10-1 major decision to Urbana’s Mitchell Moyer, beat Valley View’s Caleb House 9-4, lost 8-6 to Alter’s Mike Osterfeld and was pinned by Middletown Madison’s Noah Banks in 2:01.
Tani Mancillas was pinned by Talawanda’s Holden Isaacs in 1:20 in the 152 pound class, beat Trotwood’s Matthew Banks 8-5 and lost 13-9 to Urbana’s Luis Ramirez.
Greenville’s district qualifiers – Eshbaugh, Hurd, Lacey, Mikesell and Nibert – now will compete in the Division II district wrestling tournament at Wilmington. Wrestling will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
For more information on the sectional and district meets, visit http://swdab.org.
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