Eagle grapplers soaring to numerous victories; CNE and Amelia turning in stellar tourney performances

February 1st, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Milford’s varsity wrestling team has been registering the most impressive scores and statistics among Clermont County’s nine varsity squads.

“They’re doing pretty well,” said coach Jim Costello of his varsity Eagles who are 10-2 in dual competition.

Costello is anxious to get his entire line-up together for the first time this season. The Red and White have been forfeiting the 171 and 189 pound weight classes, but the two matmen are back who are expected to very capably fill those divisions. Senior T. J. O’Connell will be returning to compete at 171 and senior Dan Tepe who began the campaign winning three of four matches and pinning one adversary is coming back from an injury.

“Having these guys coming back will help us out a lot,” said Costello. “Up to now I think we were doing about as good as I thought having had to forfeit 171 and 189.”

Many Eagles have helped power Milford to its impressive first half of the season. The best records belong to freshman 103 pounder Jared Burkhart who has won 11 matches and lost eight with two of his triumphs coming by pin, Zach Sherman, junior 112, is 20-3-14; Chris Newberry, junior 119, is 16-8-13; Kyle Krummer, junior 125, is 18-5-8; Randy Burgdorf, junior 140, is 20-6-6, Caleb Megie, freshman 145, is 8-4-3, and George Emmons, senior 215, is 16-8-9.

Costello's grappling gladiators have some big challenges ahead. "We have two good tournaments ahead. I'd like to win or finish in the top half of the Mason Tournament. Mason has a lot of good teams coming in from out of town. Hopefully we can win our own invitational. We haven't won it in a long time."

Amelia was fifth among the 14 teams in the Sycamore Invitational. The Barons earned 134 points; Miamisburg was the team champion with 335.5 points.

The Blue and White's Vincent Mulvaney won his weight class crown at 112-pounds. Tommy Fehring was runner-up at 125. Craig Neal (135) and Rob Riley (160) placed third. Ron Eikelberger (130) finished fourth.

The Charlie Moore Invitational took place at Reading High School. A total of 18 teams competed. Clermont Northeastern paced Clermont County's entrants with 65 points, good for 10th place, and Williamsburg had 55 points, good for 12th place. Blanchester was the champion with 232 points.

The Rockets' Chris Distler (189) achieved second place to pace Clermont County's matmen. Finshing fourth was CNE's Danny Loch (171) and the Wildcats' Jack Corcoran (112), Allen Schweickart (130), Ben Arnold (160), and John Lynch (285).

Danny Loch (171) and Chris Distler (189) were double winners for Clermont Northeastern in their triangular showdown with Southern Buckeye Conference rivals Western Brown and Blanchester. The event took place in Clinton County. The Broncos won out 66-12 and Blan won 70-12. Both of Loch's victories were by pin, Bill Distler (215) won his match against Western Brown.
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