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Raiders take top honors at Lancer Invite

By JIM COX • DHI Correspondent

MIDDLE POINT – Four mats, 14 teams, 146 wrestlers, 326 matches – it was a wrestling fan’s dream at Lincolnview on Saturday, and a close finish topped it all off. Delphos St. John’s emerged the winner, barely edging Paulding, 350.5 to 348.

If there was a second winner, it would have to be Wayne Trace. The Raiders, their wrestling squad decimated by a run to Friday’s Division VI state championship football game, captured three individual championships – George Clemens (106 pounds), Dustin Taylor (113), and Ruger Goeltzenleuchter (126).

Wayne Trace also took home the awards for Most Valuable Wrestler (Clemens) and Most Valuable Freshman (Goeltzenleuchter).

The Blue Jays won at 120 (Gunnar Lucius), 138 (Justin Siefker), 152 (Austin Martin), and 182 (Wes Buettner). Other local individual winners were Van Wert’s Andy Hammond at 132 and Delphos Jefferson’s Tanner Vermule at 145. Ada was dominant at the higher weights – 160 (Austin Windle), 170 (Dylan Hannah), 195 (Jarod Woodland), and 220 (Brady Pitney). Paulding’s Justin Shepherd took the title at 285.

Wayne Trace had only eight wrestlers at the meet, none heavier than 152.

Clemens was dominant, winning his four matches with three pins and a 21-6 technical fall. Taylor won all five of his matches – two pins, an 18-3 technical fall, and two major decisions, 13-2 and 15-1. Goeltzenleuchter was 5-0 – four pins and a 17-2 technical fall. Besides those three champions, the Raiders’ only other high placer was Zaine Cotterman, who took third at 145 and was 4-1 for the day.

Unlike many meets, in this one a team was allowed to enter more than one wrestler in a weight class. Van Wert, for example, had four grapplers – three “extras” – in the 285 pound class.

Team scores: Delphos St. John’s 350.5, Paulding 348, Fairview 326, Spencerville 238, Ada 231, Van Wert 215, Delphos Jefferson 198, Wayne Trace 166, Sidney Lehman Catholic 136, Lincolnview 116, Antwerp 84, Parkway 56, Hicksville 55, Defiance 32.

Final Four results:

106 - 1st - Clemens (WT) defeated Grant (JEFF) - 18-3 technical fall. 3rd - Emlinger (Ada) defeated Proctor (LV) 9-7.

113 - 1st - Taylor (WT) defeated Seals (PAULD) 15-1 major decision. 3rd - Rodriguez (LV) defeated Martin (DSJ) pin 3:41.

120 - 1st - Lucius (DSJ) defeated Heater (FV) 7-2. 3rd - Minck (PAULD) defeated Ford (SV) pin 0:45.

126 - 1st - Goeltzenleuchter (WT) defeated Dickson (SV) pin 0:46. 3rd - Miller (HV) defeated Laguna (FV) pin 1:09.

132 - 1st - Hammond (VW) defeated Gamble (PAULD) pin 4:45. 3rd - Mohler (DSJ) defeated Warncke (FV) pin 2:10.

138 - 1st - Siefker (DSJ) defeated Deatrick (PAULD) 7-5. 3rd - Bellows (SV) defeated Lechleidner (FV) 10-2 major decision.

145 - 1st - Vermule (JEFF) defeated Kelley (FV) 10-4. 3rd - Cotterman (WT) defeated Vonderwell (DSJ) 10-5.

152 - 1st - Martin (DSJ) defeated Mock (PAULD) 10-2 major decision. 3rd - Binkley (JEFF) defeated Sidle (FV) pin 0:36.

160 - 1st - Windle (ADA) defeated Brown (LEHMAN) 5-2. 3rd - Roose (FV) defeated Metzger (JEFF) pin 2:08.

170 - 1st - Hannah (ADA) defeated Haunhorst (DSJ) 3-0. 3rd - Carpenter (FV) defeated Jarrell (PAULD) pin 4:48.

182 - 1st - Buettner (DSJ) defeated Foust (JEFF) 21-6 technical fall. 3rd - Beach (ADA) defeated Hicks (LV) 5-2.

195 - 1st - Woodland (ADA) defeated Bassett (FV) pin 2:34. 3rd - Armstrong (LEHMAN) defeated Bennett (JEFF) pin 1:03.

220 - 1st - Pitney (ADA) defeated Hill (VW) 12-6. 3rd - Valdez (PAULD) defeated Schulte (DSJ) 10-6.

285 - 1st - Shepherd (PAULD) def Vandemark (SV) pin 1:54. 3rd - Hatchett (FV) defeated Thomas (VW) pin 1:56.

Pair crowned most outstanding wrestlers of Lincolnview tourney

MIDDLE POINT – A small group of Wayne Trace varsity wrestlers wrestled in the Lincolnview Invitational tournament this past Saturday.

Ruger Goeltzenleuchter and George Clemens received special honors this past Saturday at the tournament: Goeltzenleuchter was awarded the Most Outstanding Freshman, and Clemens was awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler.