Wrestling: Spencerville’s Dues shows versatility


Parkway repeats as Lancer Invitational champ

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Spencerville’s Brandon Dues looks to pin Lincolnview’s Louis Ulrey during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.

Spencerville’s Brandon Dues looks to pin Lincolnview’s Louis Ulrey during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.


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Van Wert’s Macein Bigham, left, battles Parkway’s Bryce Mihm during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.

Van Wert’s Macein Bigham, left, battles Parkway’s Bryce Mihm during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.


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Ada’s Reece Evans and Lincolnview’s Noah Young battle to get the upper hand during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.


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Results

Lancer Invitational

Team scores: Parkway 231, Van Wert 182, Spencerville 179, Celina 175.5, Lehman Catholic 140, Delphos Jefferson 130.5, Antwerp 114.5, Hicksville 81, Defiance 72, Ada 45, Lincolnview 25.

106 pounds

First-place match: Gavino Martinez (Def.) pinned Derrick Slater (Ce), 1:37

Third-place match: Treya Conn (P) pinned Brock Bostic (LC), 4:25

Fifth-place match: Bryson Younker (P) pinned Austin Campbell (Ce), :20

113 pounds

First-place match: Grent Grieshop (Ce) tech. fall Parker Mihm (P), 20-5

Third-place match: Kaiden Keller (Ce) def. Jermey Camerson (Ada), 11-7

Fifth-place match: Trayce Lengacher (An) tec. Fall Logan Steman (DJ), 18-2

120 pounds

First-place match: Aidan McAlexander (An) pinned Arnez Riley (VW), 2:13

Third-place match: Iassc Grogg (P) pinned Alek Tebbe (Ce), 3:35

Fifth-place match: Colton Biederman (Ada) pinned Gavin Wilhelm (H), 3:57

126 pounds

First-place match: Randall Mills (An) pinned Abe Meyer (P), 7:34

Third-place match: Grayson Ford (S) pinned Alex Francis (Def), 1:52

Fifth-place match: Brice Loera (Ce) pinned Jacob McConnahea (DJ), 2:37

132 pounds

First-place match: Preston Browning (P) pinned Johnathon Brooks (DJ), 3:13

Tyler Tinkham (P) third place

138 pounds

First-place match: Jay Goetz (S) pinned Jack Figgins (H), 5:27

Third-place match: Brendan Etzcorn (P) pinned Corey Greber (Ce), :40

Fifth-place match: Jacob Sealscott (VW) pinned Anthony Bodine (DJ), 3:49

145 pounds

First-place match: Ethan Meyer (P) pinned Jakob Poor (Ce), 1:32

Third-place match: Garrett Jones (S) pinned Nate Brown (DJ), :35

Fifth-place match: Devon West (VW) def. John Wesner (LC), default

152 pounds

First-place match: Tanner Wentland (An) pinned Bryce Mihm (P), 3:12

Third-place match: Macein Bigham (VW) def. Taylor Thompson (DJ), 4-2

Fifth-place match: Ben McKee (DJ) pinned Graham Farmer (P), 2:31

160 pounds

First-place match: Noah Young (L) pinned Ryan Pratt (VW), 1:48

Third-place match: Chaz Neuenschwander (P) pinned Bruce Hutchinson (DJ), 3:32

Fifth-place match: Jamal Caesar (Def) pinned Caden Johnston (S), 4:32

170 pounds

First-place match: Ethan Knapke (LC) pinned Kaine Younker (P), 1:33

Third-place match: Heath Gaskill (S) pinned Brayden Stephens (S), 1:49

Caleb Wilson (An) fifth place

182 pounds

First-place match: Malachi Battle (VW) def. Miciah Ankney (H), 4-1

Third-place match: John Edwards (L) def. Spencer Blue (VW), 3-1

Hayden Ridenour (P) fifth place

195 pounds

First-place match: Kane Plescher (DJ) pinned Thurston Miller (VW), :20

Third-place match: Alex Stachler (Ce) pinned Evan Fogt (L), 4:55

Fifth-place match: Reuben Noriega (S) pinned Brenden Thees (Ce), 1:14

220 pounds

First-place match: Brandon Dues (S) def. Cory Fortkamp (Ce), 10-4

Third-place match: Louis Ulrey (Lin) def. Brice Waldon (VW)

Fifth-place match: Anthony Stumpo (LC) pinned Keaton Linebrink (Def), :47

285 pounds

First-place match: Michael Aldrich (S) pinned Eli Kline (VW), 1:05

Third-place match: Darius Clark (S) pinned Caleb Begley (H), 2:34

Brandon Paul (Ada) fifth place

MIDDLE POINT — Sometimes switching to another sport can be a positive thing.

For Spencerville sophomore Brandon Dues, switching from basketball to wrestling his freshman year, appears to have turned out to be a great move.

Dues, who also is a lineman on the football team and a thrower in track, took first place at Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.

In the 220-pound weight class, Dues steamrolled through the competition Saturday, winning his first four matches (three pins), before taking on Celina’s Cory Fortkamp in the championship match, where he won 10-4. Fortkamp came into Saturday’s championship match with four pins on the day.

“I played basketball my seventh- and eighth-grade years,” Dues said. “I got sixth last year (at the Lancer Invitational). So, this was a big improvement from last year.”

Dues feels there’s a distinct advantage in being a multi-sport athlete.

“I think working in one sport helps with the other sports,” Dues said. “In each sport you learn something different. Like in football, you learn how to break those blocks, or how to get those tackles. I think it all helps, especially with hand movement. In football and wrestling, it really helps.”

“Also, having quick feet helps you not only in football, but in track. I throw the discus and shot, and having quick feet really helps. Footwork is one of the biggest things about wrestling. You can have strength and know how to make the moves, but if you have (good) footwork, you can get out of and get in to anything.”

Despite being relatively new to wrestling, Dues has high aspirations.

“I was a district alternate last year,” Dues said. “I want to take it one step at a time. Of course, everyone’s goal is to win state. I want to be a district qualifier. I want to go in there, be a player and hopefully become a state-qualifier. But, it’s one match at a time.”

As a team, Spencerville finished third in Saturday’s 11-team field. Parkway ran away with the team title with 231 points. Van Wert was second (182), while Spencerville was a close third (179). Celina (175.5) and Lehman Catholic (140) rounded out the top five teams.

Dues’ teammate Jay Goetz steamrolled the field Saturday, en route to winning his third consecutive Lancer Invitational title.

Goetz, a junior, won the title at 138 Saturday. Last season, Goetz won the title at 132, and his freshman season he won the crown at 113.

In his title match Saturday against Hicksville’s Jack Figgins, Goetz recorded his fifth pin of the day, as he put Figgins on his back late in the second period.

“I’ve never met him (Figgins) before,” Goetz said. “He’s pretty strong. He liked to throw in and try to get that cradle. So, it was kind of hard to get out of that.”

Along with Dues and Goetz winning titles Saturday for Spencerville, teammate Michael Aldrich won at 285.

Parkway wins again

When Kevin Browning started the Parkway wrestling program seven years ago (first three years as a club sport), he wasn’t sure how long it would take before he would see his athletes standing at the top of the awards podium.

Well, it’s starting to become a regular occurrence for the Parkway program.

At Saturday’s Lancer Invitational, Browning witnessed his team notch its second consecutive Lancer Invite team title.

“We went from fifth place three years ago to first place, and then to first place again,” Browning said. “So, I think we’ve turned the corner a little bit.”

Browning’s son Preston, won the title Saturday at 132. Also winning a title for the Panthers was Ethan Meyer (145).

Last season, Preston Browning had some bad luck, suffering a season-ending injury in the postseason. This season, Browning wants to make a deep run in the postseason.

“I made it to districts and the very first match I broke my arm,” Preston Browning said. “I spent the rest of the weekend in the hospital. So, I’m hoping to go back (to districts) this year, place and get to state.”

Other champions Saturday included Antwerp’s Aiden McAlexander (120), Randall Mills (126) and Tanner Wentland (152), Celina’s Grant Grieshop (113), Defiance’s Gavino Martinez (106), Delphos Jefferson’s Kane Plescher (195),

Lehman Catholic’s Noah Young (160) and Ethan Knapke (170) and Van Wert’s Malachi Battle (182).

Spencerville’s Brandon Dues looks to pin Lincolnview’s Louis Ulrey during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_Lincolnview-Wrestling-Tournament-2018-4965.jpgSpencerville’s Brandon Dues looks to pin Lincolnview’s Louis Ulrey during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Van Wert’s Macein Bigham, left, battles Parkway’s Bryce Mihm during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_Lincolnview-Wrestling-Tournament-2018-5154.jpgVan Wert’s Macein Bigham, left, battles Parkway’s Bryce Mihm during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Ada’s Reece Evans and Lincolnview’s Noah Young battle to get the upper hand during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/12/web1_Lincolnview-Wrestling-Tournament-2018-5023.jpgAda’s Reece Evans and Lincolnview’s Noah Young battle to get the upper hand during Saturday’s Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Parkway repeats as Lancer Invitational champ

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Results

Lancer Invitational

Team scores: Parkway 231, Van Wert 182, Spencerville 179, Celina 175.5, Lehman Catholic 140, Delphos Jefferson 130.5, Antwerp 114.5, Hicksville 81, Defiance 72, Ada 45, Lincolnview 25.

106 pounds

First-place match: Gavino Martinez (Def.) pinned Derrick Slater (Ce), 1:37

Third-place match: Treya Conn (P) pinned Brock Bostic (LC), 4:25

Fifth-place match: Bryson Younker (P) pinned Austin Campbell (Ce), :20

113 pounds

First-place match: Grent Grieshop (Ce) tech. fall Parker Mihm (P), 20-5

Third-place match: Kaiden Keller (Ce) def. Jermey Camerson (Ada), 11-7

Fifth-place match: Trayce Lengacher (An) tec. Fall Logan Steman (DJ), 18-2

120 pounds

First-place match: Aidan McAlexander (An) pinned Arnez Riley (VW), 2:13

Third-place match: Iassc Grogg (P) pinned Alek Tebbe (Ce), 3:35

Fifth-place match: Colton Biederman (Ada) pinned Gavin Wilhelm (H), 3:57

126 pounds

First-place match: Randall Mills (An) pinned Abe Meyer (P), 7:34

Third-place match: Grayson Ford (S) pinned Alex Francis (Def), 1:52

Fifth-place match: Brice Loera (Ce) pinned Jacob McConnahea (DJ), 2:37

132 pounds

First-place match: Preston Browning (P) pinned Johnathon Brooks (DJ), 3:13

Tyler Tinkham (P) third place

138 pounds

First-place match: Jay Goetz (S) pinned Jack Figgins (H), 5:27

Third-place match: Brendan Etzcorn (P) pinned Corey Greber (Ce), :40

Fifth-place match: Jacob Sealscott (VW) pinned Anthony Bodine (DJ), 3:49

145 pounds

First-place match: Ethan Meyer (P) pinned Jakob Poor (Ce), 1:32

Third-place match: Garrett Jones (S) pinned Nate Brown (DJ), :35

Fifth-place match: Devon West (VW) def. John Wesner (LC), default

152 pounds

First-place match: Tanner Wentland (An) pinned Bryce Mihm (P), 3:12

Third-place match: Macein Bigham (VW) def. Taylor Thompson (DJ), 4-2

Fifth-place match: Ben McKee (DJ) pinned Graham Farmer (P), 2:31

160 pounds

First-place match: Noah Young (L) pinned Ryan Pratt (VW), 1:48

Third-place match: Chaz Neuenschwander (P) pinned Bruce Hutchinson (DJ), 3:32

Fifth-place match: Jamal Caesar (Def) pinned Caden Johnston (S), 4:32

170 pounds

First-place match: Ethan Knapke (LC) pinned Kaine Younker (P), 1:33

Third-place match: Heath Gaskill (S) pinned Brayden Stephens (S), 1:49

Caleb Wilson (An) fifth place

182 pounds

First-place match: Malachi Battle (VW) def. Miciah Ankney (H), 4-1

Third-place match: John Edwards (L) def. Spencer Blue (VW), 3-1

Hayden Ridenour (P) fifth place

195 pounds

First-place match: Kane Plescher (DJ) pinned Thurston Miller (VW), :20

Third-place match: Alex Stachler (Ce) pinned Evan Fogt (L), 4:55

Fifth-place match: Reuben Noriega (S) pinned Brenden Thees (Ce), 1:14

220 pounds

First-place match: Brandon Dues (S) def. Cory Fortkamp (Ce), 10-4

Third-place match: Louis Ulrey (Lin) def. Brice Waldon (VW)

Fifth-place match: Anthony Stumpo (LC) pinned Keaton Linebrink (Def), :47

285 pounds

First-place match: Michael Aldrich (S) pinned Eli Kline (VW), 1:05

Third-place match: Darius Clark (S) pinned Caleb Begley (H), 2:34

Brandon Paul (Ada) fifth place

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