There will be seven of Clermont County’s high school grappling gladiators invading Columbus this weekend for the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state championship tournament.
Chaz Gresham, Goshen junior, is the county’s lone district champion. The 152-pounder won his championship match with an easy 42-second pin of Will Lebouef of Oakwood.
Now sporting an impressive record of 48-2, to gain the finals, Gresham defeated, in order, Colby Bowman of Ross 17-2, Skylar Wohlgamuth of Benjamin Logan 8-3, and Selo Ramjattan of Greenville 16-5.
New Richmond 103-pound sophomore Austin Skaggs placed third by winning the consolation finals match 9-1 over Tanner Hill of Greenville. Skaggs record is 29-17.
The best four in each weight class in each division qualify to make the trip to the state capital.
Two of our county's best gained fourth place.
Dustin Davidson, Bethel-Tate senior 130-pounder, lost his consolation finale to Alex Kooser of Oakwood 5-2. Davidson's record is 37-8.
Andrew Nealan, New Richmond senior 160-pounder, defaulted out of the consos finale due to an injury, but he will be competing on the campus of Ohio State University this weekend. He owns a record of 31-6.
Clermont County has one alternate, Nick Simpson, Clermont Northeastern junior 103-pounder, finished fifth in his weight class. The fifth place finisher in each weight class serves as an alterntate who is eligible to wrestle in the state championship tourney if one of the first four placers is unable to compete. Simpson's record is 27-4.
A total of 48 teams scored led by Graham with 314 points, Goshen was 10th with 54.5, New Richmond, 12th, 52.5, Bethel-Tate, 20th, 30, Northeastern, 31st, 16, and Batavia, 36th, 13.
Goshen is excellent
Division II host
Mark Slagle and his talented staff at Goshen High School once again proved themselves to be excellent hosts of the Division II Tournament makiing that community and Clermont County proud.
The people working the hospitality room were incrediable serving food all day to the staffs of 52 schools and other additional volunteers and workers.
As always, the scoring and other numerous amounts of paper work involved in running the tournament was very adequately handled by Tim Young, Bob Guy, Steve Shinkle, and Larry Smith and announcer Dorsey Spears served as the voice of the tourney.
In the Division I district that took place at Fairfield High School, two of the county's finest remain in competition after finishing fourth in their respective weight classes.
Cory Clolinger, Amelia senior 103-pounder, and Connor Dietrich, Milford senior 152-pounder, will be Clermont County's qualified representatives.
There is one alternate, Milford senior 135-pounder Quentin Dunn.
The Clermont countians who qualified for the district, but not the state level of competition, are mentioned as follows with their season closing records.
Josh McCloskey, Batavia freshman 103 (30-12); Brody Hooks, New Richmond sophomore 112 (16-7); Brian Carter, Bethel-Tate freshman 112 (15-17); Conner Reynolds, Clermont Northeastern sophomore 119 (20-18); Cody Gabelman, New Richmond sophomore 119 (22-16); Chip Ratcliff, Bethel-Tate freshman 119 (30-9); Sam Anderson, New Richmond junior 125 (12-12); Taylor Shinkle, Clermont Northeastern senior 130 (27-15); Ethen Humbert, Batavia senior 135 (30-14); Aaron Walker, Goshen junior 135 (15-7); Jake Bieber, Clermont Northeastern senior 135 (29-17); Dylan Reynolds, Clermont Northeastern senior 140 (26-14); Anthony Carome, Goshen sophomore 140 (21-17); Tyler Osborne, Batavia senior 145 (27-14); Gabe Archer, Batavia freshman 171 (8-10); Kevin Reid, New Richmond freshman 171 (19-17); David Prewitt, Goshen senior 189 (19-18); Lance Houser, New Richmond freshman 189 (9-17); Jeff Elam, Batavia senior 215 (37-7); Brian Gelter, New Richmond senior 215 (28-9); Mike Brusman, Goshen junior 215 (28-11); Austin Arnold, Goshen junior 285 (10-11); J. R. Forsee, New Richmond 285 (16-9); and Paschal Lanigan, Bthel-Tate senior 285 (23-12).
In Division I, Glen Este's district qualifiers were Caleb Ervin (103), Mark Lowery (112), Josh Clift (119), Blake Meyers (125), Drew Kearns (130), Cody Burris (152), Cory Burris (160), Travis Jones (171), and Michael Kennedy (215).
There were no Clermont County wrestlers from a Division III school that qualified for the state tournament.