By Chris Chaney
Three Clermont County teams got their wrestling seasons underway at the Bob Guy Invitational hosted by Williamsburg High School on Saturday, Nov. 30 with four local individuals taking home top honors in their respective weight classes.
“The tournament went well,” Williamsburg head coach Mark Isaac said. “It was a full tournament and pretty good size for having 11 teams. All the weight classes were pretty full except for 106 and heavyweights, so we had a long day of wrestling and everything went pretty well.”
Formerly known as simply the Williamsburg Wrestling Invitational, the tournament adopted the Bob Guy Invitational moniker in 2007 as a tribute to the former Wildcats’ coach who began the tournament.
Aside from the host Wildcats, Clermont Northeastern and Bethel-Tate took place in the day of wrestling with the defending Southern Buckeye Conference champion Tigers finishing as the top local school.
Deer Park were the Bob Guy Invitational champions with Loveland finishing second and North College Hill coming in third. Bethel-Tate finished in fourth place and Williamsburg came in a half of a point behind them in fifth. Newport High School finished sixth, Clermont Northeastern finished seventh, East Clinton was eighth, McNicholas was ninth, Little Miami was 10th and Lockland finished in 11th.
Among the locals to win their weight classes were Bethel-Tate’s Aric Peters at 126 pounds and Jeffery Boys at 195 pounds.
Williamsburg also had a pair of individual champions at 220 in Tyler Boggs and 285 in Billy Cadwallder.
Other high finishing local individuals include Kobe Bryant of Bethel who finished fourth at 106, Seth Chambers of CNE finishing third at 113 pounds, Kendal Johnson of Burg who finished third in 120, Brycen Gott of CNE at 132 who finished fourth, Logan Krebs of CNE who finished in third place in 138, Wyatt O’Neil of Bethel who came in sixth at 152, Dylan Creager of CNE who was the runner up at 160, Patric Keowwon of Burg who finished third at 170, Bethel’s BJ Ratcliff at 182 who finished sixth and Josh Forkner of CNE at 195 who finished second.
All three local teams will be in action this coming Saturday, Dec. 7 albeit at three different events. Williamsburg will follow up their hosting duties by being the guest of Greeneville High School at the Greeneville Dual Tournament; Bethel-Tate will head to Edgewood for the Edgewood Wrestling Invitational and Clermont Northeastern will wrestle at Deer Park in the Greg Rogers Memorial Wrestling Invitational.
Full results of the Bob Guy Invitational are available in the Yappi Sports wrestling forum at www.yappi.com.