Graham wrestlers dominant once again

Sends 12 to state tournament, with eight district champions.

Another year, another district title for the Graham wrestling team.

Graham placed 12 wrestlers into the championship match in wracking up 306 points at the Division II district wrestling tournament at Wilmington High School Saturday night.

Carlisle was a distant second with 92 points.

Graham went 8-4 in the finals, getting titles from Justin Stickley (106), Eli Stickley (113), Mario Kastl (120), Brent Moore (132), Kyle Lawson (138), Micah Jordan (145), Alex Marinelli (160) and Josh Couchman (195).

Lawson claimed the title by pinning senior three-time state qualifier Preston Bowshier of Kenton Ridge in the finals, while Marinelli battled rival Benjamin Schram of Bellbrook for a 3-1 decision.

Eli Seipel was second at 126 for Graham, falling 3-1 to former state champ Cameron Kelly of Bellbrook. Lane Thomas fell in the finals for the second consecutive week to Carlisle’s Jimmy Sandlin, 7-6, while Jack Harris of Urbana handed the Falcons’ Hayden Bronne a loss in the finals at 182.

Garrett Jordan was also second for Graham, falling in the title match at 152.

Bowshier will have plenty of Cougar company at the state tourney. Teammates Elijah Cochran (126), Seth Cochran (132) and Tyler Sowards (145) also advanced for Kenton Ridge, all three finishing fourth.

Harris, a returning state placer, was the lone qualifier for Urbana. Teammate Steven Murray (152) was a state alternate, finishing fifth.

Troy D-III: Mechanicsburg and Greeneview battled to top-five finishes at the D-III district at Hobart Arena in Troy.

The Indians finished third with 118 points while the Rams were fourth with 78.5. Dayton Christian claimed the team title with 212.5 points.

Mechanicsburg’s Austin Reese cruised to the title at 160, wrapping up his third district crown with a pin in 3:07 against Reading’s Ray Day.

Indians freshman Kaleb Romero claimed a 2-0 win over returning state qualifier Alex Becker of Dayton Christian to win the title at 138. Alex Rhine was second at 106, as was Joe Ziegler at 145. Nick Miller also moved on for Mechanicsburg. After dropping his first match of the weekend at 120, Miller ran off four straight wins to get into the consolation finals in advancing with a fourth-place finish.

Greeneview sophomore Logan Lacure claimed the title at 145 with a 5-1 win over Ziegler in the finals. Rams teammate Armani Robinson won his second district title, claiming the 182 crown with a 16-6 decision over Brookville’s Dylan Williams. Teammate Adrian Harding also moved on for Greeneview with a second-place finish at 220.

Triad senior Rickey Bruce advanced with a third-place finish at 182 while Catholic Central returning state placer Anthony DeCarlo was second to three-time state champ Jacob Danishek of Dayton Christian at 152.

Bowling Green D-II: The trip up north was a long one for area teams.

Northwestern 126-pounder Devin Rogers was the lone area wrestler to advance from the Bowling Green D-II district.

Rogers opened the tournament with a technical fall and two decisions before claiming the title with a pin at the 3:24 mark of his match with Luke Leonard of Fostoria.

The top four in each weight class advance to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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