LIMA — It was a different perspective for first-year Shawnee wrestling coach Josh Inglis.
For the previous five years, Inglis was in charge of the Lima Senior program.
On Saturday, Inglis’ Shawnee squad came to the Lima Senior Spartan Invitational and took third place in a 16-team field. Middletown won the team title, scoring 304 points. Springfield Shawnee was second (237), while Shawnee was close behind (233.5).
Spencerville had the next-best local performance, finishing sixth (148), while Delphos Jefferson was seventh (146). Bath brought its “B” squad and placed ninth (95), while Lima Senior finished 15th overall (71).
The Indians had three wrestlers nab championships. Brady Croft (119-pound weight class), Colin McDermitt (125) and Jessie Delamotte (152) all won titles in their respective weight classes.
Inglis said this year’s experience at the Spartan Invitational felt a little different for him, personally.
“It was tough,” Inglis said. “We wrestled some kids that I had coached for three, four or five years. Some of them I had in the biddy program. But it was fun.”
Inglis said his experience at Shawnee has been a positive one.
“I knew I was getting a little lucky when I took it over,” Inglis said. “There was a solid base of talent here. I’ve been working more on the mental aspect.
“I have a good group of kids. I also have some talent too, so it’s a lot easier to jump in and keep winning.”
McDermitt, who won the 119 title at the Lima Senior tournament last year, said his championship match Saturday against Northwood’s Tyler Mack was a tough one. McDermitt came away with a 10-2 decision.
“It was a pretty good finals match,” McDermitt said. “I couldn’t do too much. I just tried to ride him and keep control.”
Delphos Jefferson’s Curtis Miller kept his undefeated record in tact, winning the championship at 189 and improving to 28-0 on the season. With his impressive performance, Miller was named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the tournament.
In the championship bout, Miller won a major decision over Middletown’s Aaron Lewis, 12-3.
Miller said he watched Lewis compete throughout the tournament and knew he was a very strong individual.
“I did not want to tie up,” Miller said. “I saw him throw people all day. I got underhooked a couple of times. But, I just wrestled my match.”
Spencerville’s Tyler Obringer had little trouble in notching the title at 285. Obringer made quick work of Springfield Shawnee’s Jared Easterday in the championship match, pinning him in just 24 seconds.
Obringer, who is 22-1 on the season, said he quickly got refocused after losing to Thomas Worthington’s Kosta Karageorge, 4-1 at the Marion Harding Classic on Dec. 30.
“After that (the loss to Karageorge) we started to work more on technique,” Obringer said. “I’ve been hitting the weights a lot harder too. We said, ‘That’s it. It’s not going to happen again’.”
Spencerville’s Cory Rieman (130) made it to the finals but was pinned by Middletown’s Latrell Davis at 3:48.