A total of 41 Clermont County wrestlers qualified for this weekend’s district wrestling tournaments. The top four in each weight class at each division site qualified from the sectionals for the districts. There are 11 alternates (fifth place finishers) who could possibly advance if someone in their respective weight class can not go to the district.
Division I Sectional I
Lakota West was the champion of the nine-team sectional with 239 points, Milford was second with 172.5, and Glen Este (GE) was sixth with 115.5.
At the Division I sectional one that took place at Fairfield High School, the following Clermonters qualified, paced by three individual weight class champions – Milford’s sophomore Kyle Krummert (125 pounds), senior T. J. O’Connell (171), and senior George Emmons (215).
The other district qualifiers are C. J. Pickelheimer of GE (103), second place; Jared Burgdorf of Milford (112), Zac Carpenter of GE (135), Randy Burgdorf of Milford (140), Jacob Sparke (171) of GE, and Taylor Krimmer of GE (215), third place; and Garrett Wilson of GE (119), Jordan Williams of GE (130), Aaron Burton of Milford (135), Caleb Megie of Milford (145), and Cameron Childs (152) of GE (152), fourth place. The alternates are Bryson Hall of Milford (160), Dan Tepe of Milford (189), and Matt Davidson of GE (215).
Jim Costello, head coach of the Eagles, said, “It was a good weekend for us. We had three champions this year and last year we had just one. Our champions are set up pretty well for the districts. Having nine total district qualifiers means we had a very good weekend. . . The team has been wrestling well all year.”
The champion of the 10-team sectional was Elder with 248 points; Amelia was seventh with 99. This sectional, too, took place at Fairfield High School.
Two of the Barons earned sectional titles - senior Vince Mulvaney (112) and sophomore Tommy Fehring (130). The other Amelia district qualifier is Brendon Hampton (145). Three of the Blue and White earned alternate status - Derek Harvey (103), Craig Neal (135), and Joel Beach (285).
Division II Sectional
Goshen was the very capable host of this sectional.
Roger Bacon was the team champion of the 16-team tournament with 242 points. Clermont County teams fared very respectably. New Richmond (NR) was third with 131 points, Goshen, fourth, 113.5, Bethel-Tate (BT), fifth, 113, Clermont Northeastern (CNE), ninth, 92, and Batavia, 11th, 75.5.
The following Clermont countians qualified for this division's district tournament that will also take place at Goshen High School this Friday and Saturday.
There are six individual weight class champions from the county which dominated the upper weight classes - senior Kenny Stephens of Goshen (119), junior Scott Simpson of CNE (135), senior Roger Boucher of BT (171), senior Mark McAninch of Goshen (189), senior Alvis Williams of NR (215), and senior Ryan Giltz of Goshen (285).
The other district qualifiers are Nick Samad of NR (130), Sean Adams of BT (140), Jake Kools of NR (152), and Josh Ison of Batavia (285), second; Dustin Davidson of BT (103), Luke Sexson of NR (140), Josh Hicks of NR (189), Rob Weidle of Goshen (215), and Jacob Lasley of BT (285), third; and Cory Disbennett of BT (125), Mark Gliszczynski of Goshen (130), Chris Smith of NR (145), Danny Loch of CNE (171), Chris Distler of CNE (189), and Bill Distler of CNE (215), fourth. The alternates are Ethen Humbert of Batavia (103), Tyler Osborne of Batavia (112), Larry Smith of Batavia (119), Graham Rose of BT (130), and Jeff Elam of Batavia (160).
Joe Dennis of McNicholas, a resident of Bethel, was champion at 103 pounds.
Greg Brusman, Goshen 160-pounder, won two matches. In his second bout he suffered an injury to his left arm and won the match due to a default, but he was unable to continue wrestling.
"It was a very good tournament for us. They all wrestled well as a team," said New Richmond head coach Deron Shinkle. "Alvis Williams is now a two-time sectional champ. Luke Sexson has been coming on strong lately. . . Chris Smith has done well especially for being a freshman."
"I'm really proud of them. Everybody wrestled well in the finals," said Goshen head coach Dallas Rise. "They've been working really hard and now it's paying off for them."
"I thought the team did well. We got our best efforts from the guys who qualified for the districts, especially (championship finalists) Roger Boucher and Sean Adams," said Adam Sayers, Bethel head coach.
"Overall, I'm very pleased with our seven placers," Clermont Northeastern head coach Scott Wells said. "Scott Simpson won a very tough class. Danny Loch did very well, too, in another tough weight class. The Distlers (Bill and Chris) came on against some tough competition."
"There was improvement this weekend, but the kids just didn't quite reach the goals they had set for themselves," said Zach Ison, the Batavia head coach.
This sectional took place at Blanchester High School.
Reading was the team winner over a field of 14 teams. The Blue Devils garnered a total of 214 points; Williamsburg was 10th with 36.
Allen Schweickart (125) will represent 'Burg at the districts after having achieved third place at 125 pounds. Ben Arnold (152) earned alternate status with his fifth place finish.