The Trojans have been a very busy winning squad.The Purple and White gained an impressive fourth place at the enormous 49-team Vandalia Butler Invitational. The winning team was last year’s nationally-ranked number-one team St. Paris Graham. Placing for GE were Drew Kearns (130-pounds) third, Blake Meyers (135) fourth, Caleb Ervin (103) and Jon Piatt (110) sixth, and Josh Clift (125) and Michael Kennedy (215) seventh.
In a three-way fray, Glen Este pounced on Princeton’s Vikings 41-34 and was defeated by Elder’s Panthers 43-18. The winners over Princeton were Ervin (103), Kearns (130), Mikolay (160), Cory Burris (171), Austin Rowan (189), Kennedy (215), and Kyle Turner (285). Opposite Elder, the Glen Este victors were Ervin (103), Clift (125), Kearns (130), Meyers (135), and Mikolay (160).
Middletown’s Middies were mashed 56-24 and the Trojans lost to Loveland 42-27 in another triangular match-up.
The GE wins against Middletown came from Ervin (103), Piatt (119), Clift (125), Kearns (130), Max Davis (135), Meyers (140), Mikolay (171), Rowan (189), Kennedy (215), and Turner (285).
Opposite Loveland, the Trojans triumphant were Ervin (103), Clift (125), Kearns (130), Davis (135), Meyers (140), Turner (285).
For the championship of state Route 32 versus Western Brown, Glen Este won 52-21. Downing the Brown countians were Ervin (103), Piatt (119), Clift (125), Meyers (135), Davis (140), Christian Boggess (160), Mikolay (171), Rowan (189), Kennedy (215), and Turner (289).
Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading High School
Among the 16 squads that competed in Reading High School’s Charlie Moore Invitational, Clermont Northeastern was ninth with 77.5 points and Williamsburg was 11th with 54. the host Blue Devils were the team champion with 278 points.
Clermont County had two individual weight class champions – Nick Simpson, Northeastern senior 112-pounder, and Jordan Smith, Williamsburg junior 285-pounder. A fourth place finisher was CNE 135-pounder Dylan Creager. Coming in in sixth place were Logan Krebs, CNE 103-pounder, Conner Reynolds, CNE 130-pounder, and Will Werring, CNE 140-pounder.
The Eagles split a three-squad showdown with two tribes. They defeated Anderson’s Redskins 39-33 and lost to Lebanon’s Warriors. A quartet of the Red and White were twin winners – Kenny Latchford (125-pounds), Jimmy Shamblin (140), Jake Shamblin (145), and Terry Norton (285). Dylan Williams, a sophomore, won his first-ever varsity match.
In recent wrestling tournament action, J. R. Forsee (285), a sophomore, was a champion of the invitational. Cory English (152), Clay Loadman (160), and Kevin Reid (171) took third place, Lance Houser (189) was fourth, and Nathan Dixon (215) finished fifth.
The Bulldogs decisioned a duo of their Southern Buckeye Conference opponents as they swept Clermont Northeastern 42-35 and Amelia 51-28 at the barony.
The winners in Green and White against Northeastern were Griffin Stith (119), Chase Elridge (135), Zach Hargis (140), Mikey Musselman (145), John Heckard (152), Jacob Prindle (160), Gabe Archer (171), and Bonavita (189).
The triumphant for CNE were Krebs (103), Simpson (112), Josh Wendel (125), Reynolds (130), Zach Bixler (215), and Jordan Jeffers (285).
In the Bulldogs’ win over the Blue and White were Michael Roberts (103), Josh McCloskey (112), Embry (130), Eldrdige (135), Hargis (140), Musselman (145), Prindle (160), Archer (171), and Bonavita (189).
The Wildcats garnered eight place in the 12-squad Norwood Invitational. Jordan Smith (285) captured second place and Corey Stith (135) and Shane Jeffers (140) finished fourth.
The Barons competed in the Sycamore Invitational. Joey Thompson (152) and Marc McDonald (215) achieved the best placements in the Aviator Invite by both earning fourth place and Andy Clolinger (112) garnered sixth place.