Clermont County wrestlers turned in very respectable performances at the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament that took place at Harrison High School. This prestigious tournament admits only the finest high school wrestling programs in Greater Cincinnati.
Chaz Gresham, Goshen sophomore. was champion of the 152-pound weight class. He decisioned Sam Conners, Elder senior, in the finals. He also took down Ryan Fitzpatrick of Oak Hills, Sam Whitmore of Harrison, Nick Corba of Beavercreek, and Paul Damschroder of Madeira.
Two county matmen earned second places.
Jeff Elam, Batavia senior 215-pounder, was edged in the finals by Pat Nusekabel, Elder senior. To emerge to the grand finale, he beat Grant Keller of Lakota East, Mike Brusman of Goshen, and Marc McDonald of Amelia.
Third place was achieved by Joey Ward, Goshen sophomore 119-pounder.
A fourth place was gained by Mike Brusman, Goshen junior 215-pounder.
Sixth place was made by Quentin Dunn, Milford senior 135-pounder.
Getting to seventh place was Blake Meyers, Glen Este junior 125-pounder.
A trio of the county's grappling gladiators earned eighth place in their respective classes. The threesome included Austin Skaggs, New Richmond sophomore 103-pounder, Jared Burgdorf, Milford senior 130-pounder, and Cody Burris, Glen Este senior 152-pounder.
Glen Este was 11th among the 35 competing squads and third among the small schools in its respective category.
Deron Shinkle, New Richmond head wrestling coach, was presented with an award for coaching the outstanding Division II wrestling program in Greater Ciincinnati a year ago.
Glen Este won a duel showdown at New Richmond.
The triumphant Trojans were Jon Piatt (103) by decision, Mark Lowery (112) by pin, Josh Clift (119) by decision, Blake Meyers (125) by pin, Drew Kearns (130) by pin, Cody Burris (152) by pin, John Mikolay (171) by decision, Travis Jones (189) by pin, and Michael Kennedy (215) by forfeit.
The victorious Lions were Robbie Lemar (135) by major decision, Ryan Zavacki (140) by pin, Cory English (145) by pin, Andrew Nealan (160) by pin, and Bryan Gelter (285) by pin.
Glen Este was seventh among the 10 squads at the Harrison Duals. Milford was among the teams that the Purple and White flattened and Wadsworth, the number-one ranked Division I team in the state, was one of the units that beat the Trojans.
Jimmy Moorehouse, senior 189-pounder was 5-0 for the event, Blake Meyers, junior 125-pounder was 4-1, and 3-2 records were earned by Mack Lowery, junior 112-pounder, Josh Clift, junior 119-pounder, and Michael Kennedy, junior 215-pounder.
Goshen broke even in a series of confrontations among a gantlet of opposing teams. The Red and Gray defeated the Otsego Knights and the Hicksville Aces and was defeated by the Napoleon Wildcats and New Haven (Ind.).
The Warriors winning matches were Petra Bradley (112), Cody Crawford (119), Joey Ward (125), Connor Rahm (130), Bobby Haley (135), Michael Wiinterberger (140 and 145), Anthony Crome (140 and 145), Bryan Robertson (152), Chaz Gresham (160), Josh Webb (171), Dylan Elmore (189), David Prewitt (215), and Mike Brusman (285).
Williamsburg was sixth among 18 squads in the Deer Park Invitational.
Corey Stith (125) and David Allison (215) led the way for the Wildcats by achieving second place. Ryan Baird (130) and Jordan Smith (285) placed third.
The Blue and White was third among nine squads at the Withrow Invitational.
Baird was the champion of his weight class. Third places were garnered by Chris Sparks (112), Stith (125), John Rice (152), and Lance Reeves (189), and fourth places were made by Allison (215) and Smith (285).