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LIMA Good competition brings out the best in an athlete.

At this weekends Lima Central Catholic Thunderbird Invitational, area wrestlers got a good taste of whats to come in the postseason tournament.

There were 38 Division III schools that participated in the two-day event at Edward C. Herr Gymnasium.

At Saturdays finals, Covington came away with the team title, scoring 157.50 points. Greeneview finished second (147.5), Dixie (147) was third, Ayersville (140.5) was fourth and Archbold rounded out the top five (136). Coldwater had the best local performance, coming in seventh (111). Lima Central Catholic finished ninth (103).

LCC put two athletes in the championship round of their respective weight classes. The Thunderbirds also had two others in placement matches.

LCCs Brandon McCormick (34-2) decisioned Dixies Corey Hawk 9-3 to notch the title in the 138-pound weight class. At 170 pounds, LCCs Bobby Sunderhaus (30-5) was pinned in the title bout by Ayersvilles Tate Ankney with 12 seconds remaining in the second period.

Brandon was real solid. Hes doing what he needs to do in order to be a state champion, LCC coach Tommy Connelly said of McCormick. When you wrestle the guys that are there at the end of the day, then youre having a good tournament. He had a great tournament. I think his closest match was a six-point victory.

Connelly said Sunderhaus loss was one he can learn from.

Its one of those things that were still working on staying in good posture and in good position. We still make some mistakes every now and then. But, we have three weeks to clean some of that up. Thats when it matters, anyways, he said.

Blufftons Zach Wilson (28-0) remains unbeaten on the season after winning all four of his matches this weekend. In Saturdays title match at 152, Wilson defeated Madeiras Tyler Williamson 11-5. Wilson has now notched three Thunderbird Invitational titles. His career record now stands at 153-17.

The two-time state placer and three-time state qualifier gave his opponent in the finals some credit.

He was a little bit longer and lanky, Wilson said of Williamson. Hes a pretty strong kid. And I get frustrated with that sometimes.

I just didnt wrestle my best. It was at a slow pace and a little sluggish. But, it happens. Its better to get it out of the way now, instead of later.

Despite being in control for most of the match, Wilson said he needed to stay a little more focused.

(I need to) just keep pushing forward and scoring a little bit more and not shutting down, he said.

The other area wrestler to notch a title on Saturday was Coldwaters Justin Post (220). Post defeated St. Joseph Central Catholics Corey Durbin, 8-3 in the title match.

The Outstanding Wrestler Award for the Thunderbird Invite was Edgertons VanVleet, who won the title at 132.

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