NEW RICHMOND — With a strong consolation semifinal round, Clinton-Massie walked away with the SBAAC Wrestling Championship tournament title Saturday at New Richmond High School.
The Falcons broke open a tight tournament with Wilmington and Batavia by winning six consolation semifinal round matches. The Hurricane won three and the Bulldogs won just one.
Going in to the consolation semis Massie and WHS were tied at 124 with the ‘Dogs nipping at their heels with 123 points.
After the six wins, the Falcons were in control with a 21.5 point lead over the Hurricane and a 34-point margin over the Bulldogs.
“The guys in the consolation round they really got the job done,” CM coach Spencer Running said. “Basically, they won us the championship.”
Wilmington was faced with an uphill battle when they lost 215-pounder PJ McKnight to injury prior to the tournament. The Hurricane also had another wrestler not make weight and two more default because of injury.
“We knew going in we needed to make up points elsewhere,” WHS coach Kelly Tolliver. “A full line-up was a factor to our hypothetical success. These obstacles made it very difficult for the math to workout in our favor.”
For Running, the tournament title not only gives Massie the American Division crown but also the overall SBAAC wrestling championship, the only real victory for most coaches.
“It’s the first time for me as head coach in the SBAAC to win the title outright,” said Running. “It’s pretty awesome.”
Wilmington defeated Clinton-Massie by seven last season for the overall championship with Blanchester winning it all in 2020.
The Falcons lost to Wilmington twice in dual matches this season, lost to Batavia once and even finished behind Bethel-Tate in a recent tournament, Running noted. All that rolled into a bit of extra motivation for the Falcons.
“They were pumped up and ready to go,” said Running.
Clinton-Massie champions included Braden Rolf at 150 pounds and Lane Schulz at 215. Weight-class runnersup were Gatlin Newkirk at 113, Cole Moorman at 120, Grant Moorman at 144 and Elijah Groh at 190.
Blanchester’s lone titlist was Zane Panetta at 175 pounds.
East Clinton did not have a wrestler finish in the top four.
Running noted his 175-pounder Brandon Musser who did not place in the tournament.
But Musser was away from the all week until Thursday when he was pressed in to duty just two days before the tournament. Musser won a match.
“It’s something kinda cool,” Running said.
Wilmington won with Carson Hibbs at 132, Josh Snell at 190 and Brett Brooks at 285. Hurricane runnersup were Ty Stuckey at 106, Thane McCoy at 138 and Thad Stuckey at 165.
“When faced with adversity, Carson battled back in OT to secure his victory,” Tolliver said. “This is the kind of tenacity needed in the next three weeks to compete in Columbus.”
And these next three weeks present a grind to all competitors as they make their way to the Schottenstein Center.
“It’s all about staying healthy, drilling hard, and focusing on each goal as they are presented,” Tolliver said. “This team has been really focused all year and has done an outstanding job at tournaments and individual duals. I point to the recent Cincinnati coaches poll. Wilmington is ranked No. 1. The teamed earned that with their results this season. I wish all of our county teams good luck and may we send as many to Columbus as possible.”
February 19, 2022
SBAA Wrestling Championship
@New Richmond High School
American Division: Clinton Massie 179, Wilmington 165.5, Batavia 146, New Richmond 115.5, Western Brown 97.5, and Goshen 10. Coach-of-the-Year – Spencer Running, Clinton Massie. Wrestler-of-the-Year – Brandon Sauter, Batavia.
National Division: Bethel-Tate 83, Clermont Northeastern 83, Blanchester 74, Williamsburg 23, and East Clinton 11, Co-Coach-of-the-Year – Tom Donahue, Bethel-Tate and Scott Wells, Clermont Northeastern. Wrestler-of-the-Year – Jacob Groeber, Clermont Northeastern
106 – Logan Dean, BT over Mythias Stuckey, WHS Default
113 – Blake Niehaus, Batavia over Gatlin Newkirk, CM 13-5
120 – Zachary Asbury, NR over Cole Moorman, CM 0:41
126 – Brandon Sauter, Batavia over Will Kohus, WB 1:49
132 – Carson Hibbs, WHS over Tate Bein, Batavia 8-6 SV
138 – Nathan Kulbe, Batavia over Thane McCoy, WHS 13-3
144 – Colby Johnson, CNE over Grant Moorman, CM 2:48
150 – Braden Rolf, CM over Wyatt Eppert, Batavia 3:54
157 – Hank Williams, BT over Griffin Ross, NR 14-4
165 – Jacob Groeber, CNE over Thad Stuckey, WHS 11-4
175 – Zane Panetta, BL over Trent Kellerman, Wbg 11-6
190 – Joshua Snell, WHS over Elijah Groh, CM, 3:09
215 – Lane Schulz, CM over Colin Shelton, Batavia 6-1
285 – Bret Brooks, WHS over Cameron Weil, WB 5-1
Consolation final matches
106 Cody Lisle (CM) pin Justin Moore (WB) 4:39
113 Hunter Smith (BHS) pin C.J. Stober (BT) 1:35
120 Caleb Sears (BHS) pin Zach Case (CNE) 4:42
126 Silas Jacob (NR) pin Miley Powell (CM) 2:34
132 Corbyn Cunningham (WB) dec. Ethan Johnson (CM) 11-5
138 Nick Musselman (BHS) dec. Matt Martin (CM) 7-2
144 Alex Smith (WHS) pin Trenton Grigsby (BT) 3:49
150 Brayden Day (WB) maj. dec. Sam Rostetter (NR) 13-5
157 Gage Davis (WHS) dec. Brodie Green (CM) 7-2
165 Nathan Kennedy (NR) pin Reuben Mobley (CM) 1:45
175 Brayden Smith (WHS) pin Royce Moore (Batavia) 3:26
190 Ashton Swearingen (WB) pin Sean Brockman (CNE) 2:43
215 Cody Kidd (BHS) pin Ian Williams (NR) 2:07
285 Billy Foster (NR) pin Kaleb Barnhart (Wbg) 3:40