Milford has become the leader of success among Clermont County’s varsity wrestling teams.
The Eagles defeated four foes and lost only to the host Wildcats at the Harrison Invitational. The victories were achieved over Springboro, Campbell County (Ky.), Oak Hills and Whiteland (Ind.). Zac Sherman (112-pounds) paced the Eagles by winning all five of his showdowns. Four victories were earned by Kyle Krummert (125) and Randy Burgdorf (140). Jared Burgdorf (103), Chris Newberry (119), Michael Ward (135), Aaron Burton (145), and Caleb Megie (152) each won three. Two verdicts were won by Josh Parlier (130), Ryan Slusher (160), Dan Tepe (171), and Kevin Rue (285).
The Blue and White's wins were over Wyoming 51-24, Turpin 72-6, and Northwest 55-21 and the losses were to Blanchester 46-26 and Roger Bacon 44-27.
The Red and Black's wins were over Norwood 57-5, LaSalle 39-33, and Northwest 40-34 and the losses were to Reading 54-27 and Blanchester 56-24. The five-time New Richmond victors were Nick Samad (125) and Brian Dowd (130). Alvis Williams (215) won four matches and Ben Heflin (135/140) emerged victorious in three bouts.
"They're wrestling pretty decently, but we've still got some of our guys fighting for positions," said Deron Shinkle, head coach of the Red and Black.
The Purple and White's victories came over Tate's Creek (Ky.) and Hamilton, the tie came against Whitehead (Ind.), and the losses were to Harrison and Buck Grove (Ind.). Unbeaten in five bouts were Zac Carpenter (140) and Cameron Childs (152). Gaining four triumphs were C. J. Pickelheimer (103) and Jon Howell (160). Three wins were earned by Tyler Godfrey (189) and Taylor Krimmer (215).
Milford took both sides of a triangular match on the home mats with Amelia and Sycamore. The Eagles smothered the Barons 65-6 and the Aviators 53-18. Sycamore defeated Amelia 53-29. Four forfeits by the Barons hampered their efforts; Milford and Sycamore each forfeited one weight class apiece.
Double winners for Milford were Sherman (112), Krummert (125), Parlier (130), Ward (135), Burgdorf (140), Megie (145), Slusher (152), Bryson Hall (160), Tepe (171), and George Emmons (215). A win apiece was achieved by Burgdorf (103), Newberry (119), and Rue (285).
The wins for Amelia, all against Sycamore, were achieved by Tommy Fehring (125), Ron Eikelberger (130), Craig Neal (135), and Cody Burris (145).
Batavia head coach Zach Ison, himself a former wrestling standout at Clermont Northeastern High School, has already seen some of the county's best wrestling teams in action.
He said, "My team has very limited experience. Some of them are experienced, though. I'm trying to get them to peak at the right time (league tournament and beyond).
"CNE has more kids out this year and some have varsity experience. I think they'll be stronger