Amelia’s varsity wrestling team is settling down and molding itself into a superb squad. First-year head coach Tim Allen is pleased with the progress of his charges.
Said the Barons’ leader, “It was a little rough in the beginning with me having to get used to and knowing the kids and them getting used to and knowing me. Now we’re over that and we know each other and it’s coming together.
“This is a team of hard workers and good listeners. They are a very dedicated bunch of wrestlers. There is a lot of trust and confidence among everybody and the team continues to keep improving every week. I am very pleased with how they are doing.”
Allen mentioned, in particular, three of his matmen who are sporting outstanding records. Senior 112-pounder Vincent Mulvaney is undefeated in 20 matches, sophomore 125-pounder Tommy Fehring is 24-4 and 135-pounder Craig Neal is 25-6.
In the Loveland Duals Tournament, Amelia defeated Sycamore 42-31, Northwest 54-24, and Dayton Stebbins 52-21; losses came opposite the host Tigers 46-23 and Lebanon 41-31. The 3-2 head-to-head record earned the Blue and White third place among the six teams. Mulvaney (112), Fehring (125), and Neal (135) each won all five of their bouts.
Glen Este and Goshen turned in very respectable efforts in the Hammer and Anvil Invitational Tournament that took place at Western Brown High School. Miami Trace won the 17-team tournament with 328 points, Glen Este finished seventh with 187 and Goshen was 11th with 121.
The best finish for Clermont County's grapplers were Glen Este's C. J. Pickelheimer (103) and Cameron Childs (152) who achieved second place. Goshen's Ryan Giltz (285) earned third place. Other Clermont placers were the Warriors' Rob Weidle (215), fourth; GE's Jordan Williams (130), fifth; GE's Garrett Wilson (119) and Dillan Farmer (125) and Goshen's Greg Brusman (152), sixth; and Goshen's Kenny Stephens (119) and GE's Zac Carpenter (135), Corey Vestring (145), and Tyler Godfrey (189), seventh.
Milford was fifth in the 10-team James Horning Memorial Invitational Tournament that took place at Mason High School. The Eagles tallied 195 points; Lakota West was the champion with 332.
Pacing the Red and White were Kyle Krummert (125), T. J. O'Connell (171), and George Emmons (215) who garned second places. Zach Sherman (112) and Randy Burgdorf (140) placed third, and Chris Newberry (119) and Ryan Slusher (152) finished fourth.
Clermont Northeastern easily swept a triangular battle that took place on the winners' mats. The Rockets routed Cincinnati Christian 58-12 and Waynesville 54-12. Michael Moeller (140/145), Joe Pfankuch (152), Josh McGowan (160), and Bill Distler (215/285) were double pin winners for the Blue and Gold. The other two-time victors were Jeremiah Bauer (103), Hunter Bixler (125), and Danny Loch (171/189). A triumph apiece was achieved by Dillan Reynolds (119), Scott Simpson (140), Chris Distler (189), and Tyler Williams (285).
New Richmond broke even in a triangular showdown. The Lions mastered Madeira 39-35 and lost to Ross 39-27. Double pin wins for the Red and Black were achieved by Andrew Nealan (152). Others winning two matches were Cole Petry (112), Brandon Branson (160), and Josh Hicks (189). Single triumphs were gained by Kyle Rose (119), Nick Samad (125), Luke Sexson (140), and Cole Liegel (171).
The Lions earned second place in the eight-team Wyoming Duals Tournament. Finneytown was the tourney champion.
New Richmond, in head-to-head combat, defeated Taylor 65-0, the host Cowboys 54-21, and Miamisburg 39-38, and in the final showdown was nipped by Finneytown 38-35. Senior 189-pounder Josh Hicks was rewarded for having the "quickest pin" of the duals with a 15-second fall over his Wyoming opponent. Six of the Red and Black were 4-0 - Nick Samad (125), Ben Heflin (130), Josh Daniels (135), Luke Sexson (140), Josh Hicks (189), and Alvis Williams (215). Mark Jones (103) was 3-1, and Chris Smith (145), Andrew Nealan (152), and Brandon Branson (160) were 2-2.