Wrestling: Allen East wins county championship


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



Allen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.

Allen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella picks up Spencerville’s Nyah Hodge Miller during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.

Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella picks up Spencerville’s Nyah Hodge Miller during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Elida’s Conner Douglass picks up Allen East’s Drake Carmean during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Spencerville’s Carder Miller, left, competes against Bluffton’s Tayton Kleman during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Senior’s Davion Browning, top, competes against Chase Martin of Delphos St. John’s during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.


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See photos from the Allen County Invitational.

Allen County Invitational

at Lima Senior

Team Scores: 1. Allen East 266.0, 2. Shawnee 199.0, 3. Spencerville 160.0, 4. Bluffton 134.0, 5. Delphos Jefferson 121.0, 6. Delphos St. John’s 111.5, 7. Elida 110.5, 8. Bath 65.0, 9. Lima Senior 62.0, 10. Lima Central Catholic 30.0, 11. Pandora Gilboa 17.0

Top six placers and first through fifth place match results

106: 1. Thayne Kleman (Bluffton), 2. Kayne Brown (Bluffton), 3. Skyler Kirk (Elida), 4. Trey Hunter (Spencerville)

113: 1. Hunter Sidle (Allen East), 2. Kael Dotson (Shawnee), 3. Nygeria Lloyd (Spencerville)

120: 1. Gavin Caprella (LCC), 2. Donavyn Campbell (Shawnee), 3. Nyah Hodge Miller (Spenceville), 4. Ethan Lawson (Elida)

126: 1. Tayton Kleman (Bluffton), 2. Carder Miller (Spencerville) 3. Ethan Morgan (Shawnee), 4. Zachary Kennedy (Bath), 5. Dylan Maus (Elida)

132: 1. Cory Beach (Shawnee), 2. Ean Martinez (Spencerville), 3. Josh Unland (Delphos St. John’s), 4 Braden Binkley (Bath)

138: 1st place match: Conner Douglass (Elida) 1-0 decision over Drake Carmean (Allen East), 3rd place match Ezekiel Burkholder (Bath) 5-2 decision over Anthony Bodine (Delphos Jefferson), 5th place match Ben Bullock (Shawnee) 4-0 decision over Caden Habeggar (Bluffton)

145: 1st place match: Aaron Bowsher (Lima Senior) 4-3 decision over Kade Wireman (Allen East), 3rd place match: Ethan Scurlock (Shawnee) pinned Alejandro Adams (Spencerville) 0:40, 5th place match: Rick Deppe (Bath) wins by forfeit over Cody Redmon (Delphos Jefferson)

152: 1. Mason Adlesh (Shawnee), 2. Joey Daily (Delphos Jefferson), 3. Kobe O’Connor (Delphos St. John’s) 4. Brendon Schwartz (Spencerville) 5. Wyatt Gossard (Bluffton)

160: 1st place match: Chase Miller (Allen East) 14-6 major decision over Kaden Basil (Bluffton), 3rd place match: Mason Vonderwell (Delphos St. John’s) pinned Don Riordan (Delphos Jefferson) 3:24, 5th place match: D’Angelo Smith (Elida) pinned Kahne Sullivan (Bath) 3:40

170: 1. Blake Hershberger (Allen East) 2. Bruce Hutchison (Delphos Jefferson) 3. Mitchell Blank (Pandora-Gilboa) 4. Gabe George (Bluffton) 5. Javier Brito-Diaz (Lima Senior)

182: 1st place match: Chase Martin (Delphos St. John’s) 9-5 decision over Davion Browning (Lima Senior), 3rd place match: Gage Wireman (Allen East) pinned Carson Roberts (Spencerville) 2:50, 5th place match: Tyler Lauck (Shawnee) 3-2 decision over Nolan Deppe (Bath)

195: 1. Caleb Welch (Allen East), 2. Troy Smith (Delphos St. Johns), 3. Trent Howard (Bluffton), 4. Isaiah Meeks (Shawnee), 5. Zoran Cannonde (Bath)

220: 1. Alex Winner (Allen East), 2. Brock Lyons (Elida) 3. Owen Miller (Delphos Jefferson), 4. Reyce Robey (Spencerville), 5. Josh Wells (Lima Senior)

285: 1. Eli Criblez (Allen East), 2. Brandon Dues (Spencerville), 3. Tarez Russel (Elida), 4. Eli Kill (Delphos Jefferson), 5. Alton Clayton (Shawnee), 6. Gaige Horton (Delphos St. John’s)

Triad Invitational

at Triad High School (North Lewisburg)

1. Coldwater 181.5, 2. Kenton 168.0, 3. McClain 135.0, 4. Triad 123.5, 5. Waynesville 96.5, 6. Fairbanks 85.0, 7. Urbana 78.0, 8. Elgin 53.0, 9. Mechanicsburg 50.0, 10. West Liberty-Salem 43.5, 11. Northeastern 40.0, 12. Southeastern 28.0

Coldwater and Kenton finishers in top four

106: 2. Connor Dye (Kenton)

120: 2. Austin Hamilton (Coldwater)

126: 2. Nick Kline (Coldwater), 3. Aaron Modd (Kenton), 4. Michael Chmielewski (Coldwater)

132: 3rd place match: Logan Brown (Kenton) pinned Tristan Nichols (McClain) 0:55

138: 1st place match: Anthony Hunt (Kenton) pinned Sam Stokes (Triad) 2:44; 3rd place match: Champ Miller (Northeastern) pinned Jack Ebbing (Coldwater) 0:27

145: 1. Grant Heuing (Coldwater), 4. Landon Elliott (Kenton)

152: 1st place match: Coleman Hauck (Triad) pinned Sam Obringer (Coldwater) 1:44

160: 3. Zach Hart (Kenton)

170: 1 Carter Bays (Kenton)

182: 3rd place match: Shane Ontrop (Coldwater) pinned Ethan Hill (McClain) 0:46

195: 1st place match: Caleb Stammer (Coldwater) pinned Charles Smith (Urbana) 3:40, 3rd place match: Justin Kegley (McClain) pinned Brandon Bowling (Kenton) 0:40

285: 2. Will Fox (Coldwater), 4. Eli Kauble (Kenton)

LIMA — There’s always something to build on after an early-season tournament.

After Allen East came away with its second consecutive Allen County Tournament title Saturday at Lima Senior, longtime Allen East wrestling coach Mike Abbey had plenty to build on.

The Mustangs won six individual titles Saturday as they ended the tournament with 266 points. Shawnee finished a distant second with 199 points. Spencerville (160), Bluffton (134) and Delphos Jefferson (121) rounded out the top five squads in the 11-team field.

“We had some great early rounds,” Abbey said. “We had one loss, going into the finals; and we lost two more there. So, we ended up being 34-3 on the day. We lost a couple tough matches in the finals, but it’s OK. It’s December, and that’s why we come and do these matches and tournaments. … We come to these tournaments to get some good matches.

“We were pretty solid, today. I think we had six champs, and we wrestled pretty aggressively. But we lost our aggressiveness in the finals. So, we have to get in a little better shape. That’s what it comes down to. That’s what it’s going to take at districts and state, if we want to do the things we want to do.”

Hunter Sidle (113-pound weight class), Chase Miller (160), Blake Hershberger (170), Caleb Welch (195), Alek Winner (220) and Eli Criblez (285) all won titles Saturday for Allen East.

Hershberger, who is still undefeated on the season at 11-0, is looking forward to making another run to the state tournament. Last season, the season was halted right before the state tournament, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hershbeger notched his second Allen County title Saturday. He was a state-qualifier last season.

“It’s kind of exciting for me, because I wanted to get down to state last year, and I wasn’t able to do that,” Hershberger said. “So, it still feels like I’m pushing to reach my goal that I had last year. It would be exciting to get down there and be able to wrestle.”

In Saturday’s finals, Hershberger pinned Lima Senior’s Javier Brito-Diaz in just 39 seconds.

For Sidle, Saturday’s Allen County title was the first for the Allen East junior.

Sidle, who is a standout distance runner, said the transition from cross country (in the fall) to wrestling is not always an easy one.

“I always think I’ll be in shape at the beginning of the (wrestling) season, because of cross country, but it’s a different form of conditioning,” Sidle said.

“We do a lot of running (in wrestling). But wrestling is so different than cross country, because you use about every single muscle in your body in wrestling.”

Along with Carmean and Hershberger, Kade Wireman and Eli Criblez are returning state qualifiers for Allen East. On Saturday, Wireman placed second at 145.

The most highly anticipated match of Saturday’s tournament was the matchup between Elida junior Conner Douglass and Allen East senior Drake Carmean in the finals of the 138-pound weight class.

According to the latest rankings on borofanohio.net, Carmean was ranked No. 1 in Division III in the 138-pound weight class. Carmean has been a state-qualifier all three previous years.

On Saturday, in the round-robin format, Carmean and Douglass met earlier in the day, where Carmean defeated Douglass, 9-3.

However, in Saturday’s finals, Douglass (5-2) slipped out with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Carmean. It was Douglass’ third Allen County title.

“Since I wrestled him earlier in the day, I didn’t know that I would have to wrestle him again in the finals,” Douglass said. “When someone told me I thought, ‘Oh boy, I don’t know if I have this in me.’ … But sure enough, I did. This is definitely my favorite title so far.”

Douglass was named by the coaches as the MVP of Saturday’s tournament.

“Basically, I knew he was beatable, after that first match,” Douglass said about Carmean. “It was 9-3, but the score made it look like it wasn’t very close. We wrestled really hard in that first match. I got busted up. I just wanted to bring it to him.

“There were some things I changed up (between the first and second matches on Saturday). I have a good coaching staff, and everyone believed in me. That really helps. Drake is aggressive, and he’s strong. He’s always going to try to break you. He’s solid all the way around.”

Other champions on Saturday included: Bluffton’s Thayne Kleman (106) and Tayton Kleman (126), Chase Martin from Delphos St. John’s (182), Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella (120), Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher (145) and Shawnee’s Cory Beach (132) and Mason Adlesh (152).

Triad Invitational

NORTH LEWISBURG — Coldwater (181.5 points) finished first followed by Kenton (168) in the 12 team competition.

Coldwater’s Grant Heuing (145 pounds) and Caleb Stammen (195) and Kenton’s Anthony Hunt (138) and Carter Bays (170) won individual titles.

Allen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_2020-Wrestling-RP-11-4.jpgAllen East’s Kade Wireman, left, competes against Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella picks up Spencerville’s Nyah Hodge Miller during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_2020-Wrestling-RP-07-4.jpgLima Central Catholic’s Gavin Caprella picks up Spencerville’s Nyah Hodge Miller during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Elida’s Conner Douglass picks up Allen East’s Drake Carmean during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_2020-Wrestling-RP-10-4.jpgElida’s Conner Douglass picks up Allen East’s Drake Carmean during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Spencerville’s Carder Miller, left, competes against Bluffton’s Tayton Kleman during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_2020-Wrestling-RP-09-4.jpgSpencerville’s Carder Miller, left, competes against Bluffton’s Tayton Kleman during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s Davion Browning, top, competes against Chase Martin of Delphos St. John’s during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/12/web1_2020-Wrestling-RP-12-4.jpgLima Senior’s Davion Browning, top, competes against Chase Martin of Delphos St. John’s during Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Lima Senior High School. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

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See photos from the Allen County Invitational.

Allen County Invitational

at Lima Senior

Team Scores: 1. Allen East 266.0, 2. Shawnee 199.0, 3. Spencerville 160.0, 4. Bluffton 134.0, 5. Delphos Jefferson 121.0, 6. Delphos St. John’s 111.5, 7. Elida 110.5, 8. Bath 65.0, 9. Lima Senior 62.0, 10. Lima Central Catholic 30.0, 11. Pandora Gilboa 17.0

Top six placers and first through fifth place match results

106: 1. Thayne Kleman (Bluffton), 2. Kayne Brown (Bluffton), 3. Skyler Kirk (Elida), 4. Trey Hunter (Spencerville)

113: 1. Hunter Sidle (Allen East), 2. Kael Dotson (Shawnee), 3. Nygeria Lloyd (Spencerville)

120: 1. Gavin Caprella (LCC), 2. Donavyn Campbell (Shawnee), 3. Nyah Hodge Miller (Spenceville), 4. Ethan Lawson (Elida)

126: 1. Tayton Kleman (Bluffton), 2. Carder Miller (Spencerville) 3. Ethan Morgan (Shawnee), 4. Zachary Kennedy (Bath), 5. Dylan Maus (Elida)

132: 1. Cory Beach (Shawnee), 2. Ean Martinez (Spencerville), 3. Josh Unland (Delphos St. John’s), 4 Braden Binkley (Bath)

138: 1st place match: Conner Douglass (Elida) 1-0 decision over Drake Carmean (Allen East), 3rd place match Ezekiel Burkholder (Bath) 5-2 decision over Anthony Bodine (Delphos Jefferson), 5th place match Ben Bullock (Shawnee) 4-0 decision over Caden Habeggar (Bluffton)

145: 1st place match: Aaron Bowsher (Lima Senior) 4-3 decision over Kade Wireman (Allen East), 3rd place match: Ethan Scurlock (Shawnee) pinned Alejandro Adams (Spencerville) 0:40, 5th place match: Rick Deppe (Bath) wins by forfeit over Cody Redmon (Delphos Jefferson)

152: 1. Mason Adlesh (Shawnee), 2. Joey Daily (Delphos Jefferson), 3. Kobe O’Connor (Delphos St. John’s) 4. Brendon Schwartz (Spencerville) 5. Wyatt Gossard (Bluffton)

160: 1st place match: Chase Miller (Allen East) 14-6 major decision over Kaden Basil (Bluffton), 3rd place match: Mason Vonderwell (Delphos St. John’s) pinned Don Riordan (Delphos Jefferson) 3:24, 5th place match: D’Angelo Smith (Elida) pinned Kahne Sullivan (Bath) 3:40

170: 1. Blake Hershberger (Allen East) 2. Bruce Hutchison (Delphos Jefferson) 3. Mitchell Blank (Pandora-Gilboa) 4. Gabe George (Bluffton) 5. Javier Brito-Diaz (Lima Senior)

182: 1st place match: Chase Martin (Delphos St. John’s) 9-5 decision over Davion Browning (Lima Senior), 3rd place match: Gage Wireman (Allen East) pinned Carson Roberts (Spencerville) 2:50, 5th place match: Tyler Lauck (Shawnee) 3-2 decision over Nolan Deppe (Bath)

195: 1. Caleb Welch (Allen East), 2. Troy Smith (Delphos St. Johns), 3. Trent Howard (Bluffton), 4. Isaiah Meeks (Shawnee), 5. Zoran Cannonde (Bath)

220: 1. Alex Winner (Allen East), 2. Brock Lyons (Elida) 3. Owen Miller (Delphos Jefferson), 4. Reyce Robey (Spencerville), 5. Josh Wells (Lima Senior)

285: 1. Eli Criblez (Allen East), 2. Brandon Dues (Spencerville), 3. Tarez Russel (Elida), 4. Eli Kill (Delphos Jefferson), 5. Alton Clayton (Shawnee), 6. Gaige Horton (Delphos St. John’s)

Triad Invitational

at Triad High School (North Lewisburg)

1. Coldwater 181.5, 2. Kenton 168.0, 3. McClain 135.0, 4. Triad 123.5, 5. Waynesville 96.5, 6. Fairbanks 85.0, 7. Urbana 78.0, 8. Elgin 53.0, 9. Mechanicsburg 50.0, 10. West Liberty-Salem 43.5, 11. Northeastern 40.0, 12. Southeastern 28.0

Coldwater and Kenton finishers in top four

106: 2. Connor Dye (Kenton)

120: 2. Austin Hamilton (Coldwater)

126: 2. Nick Kline (Coldwater), 3. Aaron Modd (Kenton), 4. Michael Chmielewski (Coldwater)

132: 3rd place match: Logan Brown (Kenton) pinned Tristan Nichols (McClain) 0:55

138: 1st place match: Anthony Hunt (Kenton) pinned Sam Stokes (Triad) 2:44; 3rd place match: Champ Miller (Northeastern) pinned Jack Ebbing (Coldwater) 0:27

145: 1. Grant Heuing (Coldwater), 4. Landon Elliott (Kenton)

152: 1st place match: Coleman Hauck (Triad) pinned Sam Obringer (Coldwater) 1:44

160: 3. Zach Hart (Kenton)

170: 1 Carter Bays (Kenton)

182: 3rd place match: Shane Ontrop (Coldwater) pinned Ethan Hill (McClain) 0:46

195: 1st place match: Caleb Stammer (Coldwater) pinned Charles Smith (Urbana) 3:40, 3rd place match: Justin Kegley (McClain) pinned Brandon Bowling (Kenton) 0:40

285: 2. Will Fox (Coldwater), 4. Eli Kauble (Kenton)

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