It’s not the largest victory in terms of teams competing, but Tecumseh came up big nonetheless at the Clark County Clash on Saturday.
Tecumseh claimed county bragging rights for the third straight season with a 35.5-point victory over runner-up Greenon. The Arrows, who claimed five individual titles, scored 210 points to Greenon’s 174.5.
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“There was some pretty good competition, especially in the finals. The kids wrestled real well,” Tecumseh coach Scott Herbert said. “We had a few kids who I thought could have won a few more matches, but overall everyone contributed. We had some JV kids that ended up winning some matches, too.”
The Arrows started to put the title away with a string of individual championships starting at 132 pounds with junior Lucas Rodgers (21-3 record). Junior Cyle Wells (20-3) won the 138-pound title, senior Joe Campbell (8-2) won at 145, junior Alec Hall (14-5) claimed the title at 160 and senior Tommy Rowe (14-2) followed at 182.
“We’re looking pretty solid, especially up through the middle. We’re pretty strong from 132 up to our heavier weights,” Herbert said. “They know what’s going on and what it takes. They’re coming into their own.”
In addition to the varsity title, Herbert was just as pleased to see his junior varsity wrestlers make it an Arrows’ sweep. Tecumseh beat runner-up Northridge 164.5 to 142.5.
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“It’s nice. Most of the teams in the county, we all know each other,” Herbert said. “There’s pride in it. It’s not a big tournament but the kids enjoy it. … Numbers are down in the county but they’re down everywhere right now.”
Greenon had a trio of individual champions with sophomore Daytona Hensley (19-3) at 106, junior Arlie Benson (22-1) at 120 and sophomore Tyler Jenkins (18-3) at 285.
Shawnee and Northwestern both won two weight classes. Senior Kaleb Ream (15-6) won at 113 and senior Nick Humphreys (23-3) won at 152 for the Braves. Senior Austin Monroe (11-4) won at 170 and senior Nate Snyder (18-2) won at 195 for the Braves.
Southeastern sophomore Duke McCombs (14-5) won the title at 126 and Springfield sophomore Tressel Cochran (20-5) won at 220.
Rams tough: Greeneview senior Devan Hendricks (21-3) made quick work of his semifinal opponent at the Beavercreek Classic on Saturday. And good thing.
Hendricks – wrestling at 145 pounds – bit through his tongue in two places during his victory, a pin in 32 seconds. He left for the hospital to get seven stitches. Hendricks returned to beat Beavercreek junior Garrett Golden 12-4 for the title.
Sophomore Teagan Hendricks (16-2) won 113-pound title. Senior Chase Jordan (13-7) placed third at 285.
Stewart leads Trojans: Southeastern had six individual placers at the Valley View Invitational, led by freshman Trevor Stewart. Stewart (17-1) finished second at 182. Sophomore Trey Williams finished third at 160.
Major win: West Liberty-Salem’s Major Stratton claimed the 195-pound title at the Milton-Union Invitational. Stratton (11-2) went 4-0 with a pair of pins. Kyle Wolfe, wrestling at 285, had the Tigers’ fastest pin in 41 seconds.
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