BOWLING GREEN – It was right where Shawnee sophomore Hunter Lucas wanted to be.
After getting injured during the postseason and being forced to withdraw from the district wrestling tournament last season, Lucas wanted to redeem himself.
He did just that.
At Saturday’s Division II district tournament at Bowling Green State University, Lucas captured the district championship in the 106-pound weight class. Lucas will advance to the state tournament at Ohio State on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as a No. 1 seed.
Lucas (39-0) defeated Toledo Central Catholic’s Josh Venia 5-3 to win the district title Saturday night.
The top four placers in each weight class at the district tournament qualify for the state tournament.
“It was Oregon Clay, when I hurt my knee,” Lucas said about last season. “I took like three weeks off, came back for WBL’s (Western Buckeye League Championships) and got second. I couldn’t wrestle very well, because it hurt pretty bad. Then I came here (BGSU districts), got beat in the first match. I knew I wasn’t going to make it to state, because I was hurt. So, I pulled out. But, I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Bath’s Colin Ingram won the district title at 120 Saturday night when he defeated Sandusky Perkins’ Juwan Minnifield by way of a medical default.
Last season, Ingram competed at the Division III state tournament and finished seventh (113). This season, Bath is competing in Division II.
“That was my goal, to come in and win district,” Ingram said. “I wrestled hard and did what I had to do.”
Elida’s Blaine Hunter had a very tough challenge in his championship match at 113 on Saturday. Hunter went up against last year’s runner-up in the 106-pound weight class, Napoleon’s Seth Beard.
Beard proved to be as good as advertised as Hunter lost by tech-fall, 21-5.
“I had a good weekend,” Hunter said. “I’m not too worried about the loss to Beard. He’s one of the best in the state. So, if I was going to lose to anybody, it would be him.”
Other local wrestlers who qualified for the Division II state tournament included: Shawnee’s Dylan Hefner (third, 182); Wapakoneta’s Dallas Ambos (fourth, 145), Landon Hall (fourth, 182) and Colton Brown (fourth, 195).