The Miami Trace Panthers won the SCOL Wrestling Meet at Chillicothe Saturday. The Washington Blue Lions were second.
Chillicothe finished sixth out of seven.
Taking 2nd places in the respective classes for Chillicothe: (138) Caleb Price and (160) Cristian Collins.
3rd place finishers were (182) Trevan Bond-Pennington, (220) Austin Mathis and (285) Tyler Howard.
Caleb Price had a 4-0 advantage with under a minute left in the 138 pound Championship match against Division 3 state ranked Tunon of Clinton Massie. “Before he was hit for stalling to make the score 4-1” said Cavs Coach Mike Peck, “with less than 20 seconds remaining Price was caught in scramble and reversed to his back. Then with just seconds remaining the fall was called. This was a heartbreaking loss as Price had wrestled perfect throughout the day before getting caught.”
Peck added Collins made strides against state caliber kids with his semi finals round match win over State Alternate Grooms of Miami Trace. “Collins was able to overcome a missed 3rd caution call that should of made the score 6-5 in the 3rd over time period however the caution was not recorded at the table.” With the match tied at 5 and Collins needing an escape to win the match, Cristian was able to reverse Grooms to his back for the 9-5 win. “This is a big stride for Collins’ quest to qualify for sate as Grooms will be one his main competitors at the district level.” Collins wrestled strong in the Championship match, however two time state qualifier Kordell Ford of Hillsboro, but fell 9-3.
After tough losses in the Semi Final round, Austin Mathis and Tyler Howard battled back with 3rd place finishes. Mathis was finally able to overcome his 3rd period woes, where he had been losing matches with the lead in the remaining minutes.
Bond-Pennington fought back after losing in the first round for two straight wins and the third place finish. Peck said it was a ”Much needed confidence booster for Trevan heading into sectionals.”
Next match is scheduled for Wednesday Feb 5th at Chillicothe against McClain and East Clinton.
1st Miami Trace 206 pts
2nd Washington CH 162 pts
3rd Hillsboro 102.5 pts
4th Clinton Massie 102 pts
5th Greenfield McClain 100 pts
6th Chillicothe 59 pts
7th East Clinton 19 pts
Chillicothe 65, Amanda Clearcreek 53
McClain 44, Chillicothe 33
The McClain Tigers beat Chillicothe 44-33 Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers held a 17point halftime lead as the Lady Cavs had 22 turnovers and shot 41% for the game. Chillicothe (8-11/4-7) cut the McClain lead to eight in the 4th quarter but couldn’t get closer.
Despite the loss, Cavs Coach Pat Beard said he was proud of the effort by his kids “and the way the competed throughout the game”.
Bri Dawes led Chillicothe with 12 points.
Chillicothe will travel to Miami Trace Wednesday and return home to face Ironton Thursday night.
Chillicothe hostes the First Capital Baker Tournament Saturday.
Both the Boys and Girls made the cut for the top eight through the first round, but the Boys were bounced in the second round. The Girls made the final four, but fell to Oak Hill.