Clermont County will be represented by the fewest qualifiers for the state wrestling championship in many years. A total of just three made it out of their respective district tournaments.
One Clermont County high school wrestler advanced to this weekend’s state championship tournament from the Goshen Division II District Tournament.
Andrew Nealan, a New Richmond sophomore, finished fourth in the 160-pound weight class.
The first four wrestlers in each weight class advance to compete at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus. Competition will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
"Andrew uses a lot of quickness and has great balance and endurance," said Deron Shinkle, New Richmond head coach.
The Lions' mentor suggested confidence in the future of the Red and Black's wrestling program.
"We had only two senior (district) qualifiers. We'll have eight seniors back next year. They are coming along nice."
Nealan, who now sports a record of 42-8, credited his outstanding performance to thinking as he pointed to his head when questioned about his success.
Teamwise, Graham High School was very easily the champion of the 56-team showdown with 356.5 points. Miami Trace was the runner-up with 106.5 points. New Richmond was in the forefront of the county teams by taking 15th place with 42.5 points, Bethel-Tate was 29th with 16, Goshen 30th with 14, Clermont Northeastern 39th with five, and Batavia did not score.
Other county matmen achieved victories Saturday and Sunday and are listed with their season-ending record.
The tournament was moved back a day because of the snow, rain, and icy weather.
103-pounds: Dustin Davidson (33-8) of Bethel-Tate won three matches and Nick Simpson (22-12) of Clermont Northeastern won two.
112-pounds: Joe Dennis (34-10), a Tate Township resident who attends McNicholas High School, won twice and Cole Petry (30-13) of New Richmond won once.
119-pounds: Kyle Rose (24-9) of New Richmond won twice.
125-pounds: Nick Samad (27-7) of New Richmond won twice.
130-pounds: Mark Glizczynski (32-15) of Goshen won twice.
135-pounds: Josh Daniels (35-7) of New Richmond won twice.
140-pounds: Aaron Walker (24-12) of Goshen won twice and Drew Napier (28-16) of Bethel-Tate and Ben Heflin (20-10) of New Richmond won a bout apiece.
145-pounds: Cory Disbennett (34-11) of Bethel-Tate won twice and Luke Sexson (32-11) of New Richmond won once.
152-pounds: Chris Smith (22-22) of New Richmond won twice.
189-pounds: Brandon Branson (27-15) of New Richmond and Jeff Miller (17-10) of Goshen both won twice.
285-pounds: Josh Hayslip (18-15) of New Richmond and Tyler Williams (10-19) of Clermont Northeastern each won a match.
The accolades for host Goshen High School were all very positive and highly laudatory. Athletic director Mark Slagle and his assistants received nothing but positive comments from visiting administrators, coaches, and fans.
The volunteers who worked the hospitality room received wonderful remarks. This staff included Nina Williams, Olivia Synder, Lauren Shouse, Erin Ross, Stephanie Wyatt, Janelle Wyatt, Amanda Simms, Jordan Buchanan, Cory Slusher, Jennifer Whitaker, Erik McAninch, Mary Steele, Becky Foote, Venice Worthern, Julie Shouse, Kathy Slusher, Justin Slusher, Pam Parriman, Rod McAninch, Karla McAninch, Jane Schmidbauer, Carin McClanahan, and Cody McClanahan.
The Division I District Tournament took place at Fairfield High School. A total of 37 teams scored points. Elder was the champion with 194 points and Moeller was runner-up with 190. Milford was in the forefront for Clermont County finishing 14th with 38.5, Glen Este was 23rd with 18, and Amelia was 28th with 9.5.
Two county matmen qualified and will be competing this weekend in Columbus.
Kyle Krummert, Milford senior, was third in the 135-pound weight class. In the consolation finals he defeated Calkins of Loveland. He won four matches over Spencer Coleman of Kettering Fairmont 10-2, Nick Adams of Tecumseh 16-0, Chris Mialma of Lakota East 7-3, and Ryan Moore of Butler a 3:16 pin.
Cameron Childs, Glen Este senior, garnered fourth place in the 160-pound weight class. He was defeated by Torres of Fairfield in the consolation finals 8-3. He, too, won three bouts over Nick Hardert of Colerain 3-0, Colin Nickolai of Paqua 7-3, and Trey Maseran of Moeller 8-4.
Although they did not qualify for the state finale, several county grapplers did win matches in the district.
103-pounds: Cory Clolinger of Amelia won once.
119-pounds: C. J. Pickelheimer of Glen Este won once.
125-pounds: Zach Sherman 0f Milford won twice.
135-pounds: Tommy Fehring of Amelia won twice.
140-pounds: Randy Burgdorf of Milford won once
171-pounds: Ryan Slusher of Milford won once.
215-pounds: Taylor Krimmer of Glen Este won once.
Troy Christian won this 45-team district tournament that took place at Kattering Fairmont. The champions had 248 points and Greeneview was runner-up with 116.5. Williamsburg was 43rd with two points.
The Wildcats' points were scored by 130-pounder Allen Schweickart with his one victory.
Correction: Last week it was Tommy Fehring, Amelia 135-pound junior, who won the 100th match of his varsity career.