BLANCHESTER — With eight of the 14 matches decided by forfeits, Wilmington defeated Blanchester 47-36 Wednesday in non-league action at the Blanchester Intermediate School gym.
The Hurricane will get right back at it Thursday with South Central Ohio League rivals East Clinton and Washington. The matches are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The tri-match will be the annual Takedown Cancer event at WHS, with Becky Van Pelt as the honoree.
Of the six matches that actually went to the mat Wednesday, five ended in pins. The lone match that did not was a 25-10 tech fall by Sam Eastes of Wilmington over Daniel Davenport in the 106-pound weight class.
“We kind of took a step back a little bit,” said BHS coach Scott Nicely. “I thought we’d been wrestling really well the last couple weeks going into the Hammer & Anvil (at Western Brown this past weekend). Their heads weren’t in it tonight.”
On the other side of the gym, WHS coach Kelly Tolliver was happy with his Hurricane in a state of the team assessment.
“We’re really happy with all the first-year guys,” Tolliver said. “They’ve progressed quicker than we thought they would. All of the freshmen in general are looking great.”
With his team in general, Tolliver looks at conditioning as a strength.
“Whole team conditioning … I haven’t seen many teams who can go to the third period with us. Now it’s all about getting healthy and keeping the injuries away.”
January 18, 2017
@Blanchester Intermediate School
Wilmington 47 Blanchester 36
106: Sam Eastes (W) tech fall over Daniel Davenport (B) 25-10
113: Cameron Smart (W) won by forfeit
120: Kyle Denier (B) won by forfeit
126: Dominic Davidson (W) pinned Kadin Berwanger (B) 3:23
132: Johnny Schirmer (B) pinned Mason Snyder (W) 1:22
138: Clayton Schirmer (B) pinned Noah Stirr (W) 0:35
145: Donald Crawford (W) pinned Lucas Thacker (B) 3:19
152: Dalton McMullen (B) won by forfeit
160: Isaac Allen (W) won by forfeit
170: Hayden Tedrick (B) won by forfeit
182: Simon Latchford (B) pinned Brady Bergefurd (W) 3:19
195: RJ Tolliver (W) won by forfeit
220: Gage Smith (W) won by forfeit
285: Conner Barton (W) won by forfeit
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports