Amelia was Clermont County’s leader in last weekend’s conference wrestling tournament championships. The Barons won the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) title.
Other respectable efforts were turned in by Milford which was second in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC), and Glen Este and New Richmond which gained third place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B) and Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC), respectively.
Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division
Amelia’s victory in the FAVC-B was its first league wrestling championship since 1987 (Cross County Conference), the last time a league tournament took place at the barony.
Five of the Barons earned FAVC-C individual weight class crowns - junior Derek Harvey (103-pounds), senior Vincent Mulvaney (112), sophomore Tommy Fehring (120), junior Craig Neal (135), and senior Brendon Hampton (145).
Achieving runner-up were Wes Brown (119) and Rob Riley (160). Third place was gained by Ron Eikelberger (125), Zack Kasten (140), Jeremy Barton (189), and Doug Planck (215). In fourth place were Cody Burris (152), Nathan Beach (171), and Joel Beach (285).
Mulvaney was chosen as the Wrestler of the Year and Amelia head mentor Tim Allen was selected as the Coach of the Year. The last Wrestler of the Year honors for a Baron was achieved in 1992 by senior 189-pounder Dave Frysinger in the Queen City Conference American Division Tournament that took place at Glen Este.
The individual weight class titlists on the 1987 team, under coach Curt Shaw, were Mike Kimmerly (105), Tom Drewry (112), Scott DeWeese (119), Brad Deardorff (126), Kenny Zieger (132), Steve Lukemire (138), Neil Batchler (145), Derek Hornsby (167), and Shawn O'Connor (175).
"I am extremely happy to win the championship and with how well we wrestled. The kids wrestled hard and believed they could win it," said Allen, who was a standout wrestler at his alma mater, Glen Este High School. "Turpin surprised people by wrestling a lot better than most people thought they would. I think one of the factors in our wrestling so well was that we wrestled very well on our feet."
Greater Miami Conference
Milford garnered second place in the GMC as the Eagles and champion Lakota West were far out and way ahead of the other eight teams. The team totals were Lakota West 212.5, Milford 145, Fairfield 94.5, Princeton 91.5, Colerain 81, Lakota East 81, Hamilton 70.5, Oak Hills 59, Sycamore 51.5, and Middletown 28. The tourney took place at Oak Hills Hgh School.
Seniors T. J. O'Connell (171) and George Emmons (215) were the individual weight class winners for the Clermont countians.
The runners-up were Zach Sherman (112), Kyle Krummert (125), Chris Newberry (130), and Caleb Megie (145). Jared Burgdorf (103) took third place. Finishing fourth was Randy Burgdorf (140).
"Overall they wrestled really well," said Milford's head mentor Jim Costello. "We've got good momentum going into the sectional tournament."
Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division
Harrison was the champion with 243 points, Mason made 233, Glen Este 144, Loveland 123, Anderson 54.5, and Winton Woods 14. The tourney took place at Winton Woods High School.
Sophomore 103-pounder C. J. Pickelheimer was the Trojans' individual weight class champion.
Earning second place were Dillon Farmer (125), Zac Carpenter (135), Jacob Sparke (171), and Taylor Krimmer (215). Third place was gained by Cameron Childs (152). In fourth place was Garrett Wilson (119), Jordan Williams (130), Corey Vestring (145), Cody Collins (160), Tyler Shade (189), and Matt Davidson (285).
"C. J. Pickelheimer and Jacob Sparke wrestled well for us particularly considering they are both only sophomores," said their head coach Nate Lynch.
"Mason and Harrison wrestled very well which was expected.
"We have room for improvement. In the semi-finals we wrestled well, but in the finals we didn't do very well. But I think we are heading into the sectionals with some fire in us."
Southern Buckeye Conference
Blanchester ended Western Brown's dominance in the Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament that took place at Clermont Northeastern (CNE) High School.
The Wildcats recorded 205 points, the Broncos 191.5, New Richmond 116, Goshen 96, Bethel-Tate 81.5, Batavia 71.5, Clermont Northeastern 32, and Williamsburg 31.
A total of 32 Clermont County grappling gladiators placed in the tourney led by six individual weight class champions.
The one-half dozen titlists were junior Larry Smith (119) of Batavia, junior Nick Samad (125) of New Richmond, senior Jake Kools (152) of New Richmond, senior Roger Boucher (171) of Bethel-Tate, senior Mark McAninch (189) of Goshen, and senior Ryan Giltz (285) of Goshen.
Securing second place were Kenny Stephens (125) of Goshen, Scott Simpson (135) of CNE, Sean Adams (140) of Bethel-Tate, Jeff Miller (171) of Goshen, Josh Hicks (189) of New Richmond, Alvis Williams (215) of New Richmond, and Josh Ison (285) of Batavia. The third placers were Dustin Davidson (103) of Bethel-Tate, Tyler Osborne (112) of Batavia, Allen Schweickart (125) of Williamsburg, Mark Gliszczynski (130) of Goshen, Drew Napier (135) of Bethel-Tate, Luke Sexson (140) of New Richmond, Ben Arnold (152) of Williamsburg, Jeff Elam (160) of Batavia, and Rob Weidle (215) of Goshen. Fourth places were taken by Ethan Humbert (103) of Batavia, Lucy Lanigan (112) of Bethel-Tate, Daniel Carpenteiro (119) of Goshen, Brian Dowd (130) of New Richmond, Zach Ward (145) of Bethel-Tate, E. J. Craycraft of Bethel-Tate, Brandon Branson (160) of New Richmond, Chris Distler (189) of CNE, and Bill Distler (215) of CNE.
The Wrestler of the Year was Ryan Brownlee, Western Brown senior 145-pounder, a four-time SBC titlist. The Coach of the Year was Bryan Pennix of Blanchester.
"It has been a good day," said Jake Kools. The New Richmond senior won the SBC crown on his 18th birthday. His father, Frank, who passed away earlier this school year, was a Clermont County League champion and wrestling superstar at Amelia High School when the Barons dominated the Clermont County and eastern Cincinnati high school wrestling scene in the first four years (1966-69) of the sport among Clermont County schools.
Larry Smith was very happy to have won his title just three days before the 20th anniversary of his dad, Larry, having set a national high school wrestling record for the quickest-ever pin at 119-pounds during his senior season at Batavia.
Tim Young, Steve Shinkle, and Bob Guy were instrumental in keeping the statistics straight in the very busy eight-team SBC tournament.