WILMINGTON – Despite several forfeits throughout the match, the Wilmington versus Miami Trace battle Thursday night at the Rodger O. Borror Middle School gym was a good one.
Trace, the perennial South Central Ohio League champion, edged out the Hurricane 45-35.
Wilmington defeated Hillsboro 58-18 in the first varsity match of the night.
The Panthers then dispatched the Indians in the final match of the evening.
One of the top matches of the night was at 182 pounds where Miami Trace’s Matthew Hottinger decisioned Wilmington’s RJ Tolliver 5-4 UTB.
Tolliver was down 3-0 well into the third period when he rallied to send the match to overtime.
Despite the loss to Miami Trace, Tolliver is as excited as ever about his squad’s chances of ending the Panthers reign as league champion.
“Hillsboro went exactly the way we thought it would, there were no surprises,” said WHS coach Kelly Tolliver. “When our whole lineup is in place, they (Miami Trace) are not going to touch us.”
“When our heavyweight is back in place and (Jacob) Boldman is in the lineup, I don’t think anybody can touch us. I definitely still think we’re the team to beat.”
And Tolliver believes regardless of the outcome of any future tournaments, his Hurricane will be ready. They won’t be overconfident at any time.
“In the room, the kids are really … it’s hard to describe. It’s just way more exciting in the room,” said Tolliver. “It’s fun to come to practice every day. They stay on each other constantly, they’re pushing each other. They are driven.”
The coach also believes his inexperienced wrestlers will be more than ready for the February grind.
“The other guys that are just barely winning now, by the time February get here, they’re going to pulling out a lot of pins and techs,” Tolliver said. “They’re a little rough around the edges, we have to do a lot of work in the room with these new guys. When January and February get here, we told them, you guys are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
Dec 17, 2015
@ROB Middle School gym
Wilmington (58) vs Hillsboro (18)
(Wilmington wrestlers listed first)
106: Cameron Smart vs Dawson Carter; Carter pin 1:29
113: Sawyer Garrison won by forfeit
120: Jordan Pierce won by forfeit
126: Colin Greene vs Zak Klisz; Greene dec 8-1
132: Wilmington forfeits to Hillsboro
138: Jacob Boldman vs Wyatt Wilkin; Boldman dec 19-5
145: Isaac Allen won by forfeit
152: Scott Gehlbach won by forfeit
160: Allister Brausch vs Mason Stanley; Brausch pin 1:26
170: Bryant Bergefurd vs Austin Miller; Bergefurd 6-4 OT
182: RJ Tolliver vs Jed Asmus; Tolliver pin 2:00
195: Briten Kessler won by forfeit
220: Gage Smith vs Jared Conn; Smith pin 1:48
285: Wilm forfeit vs Lane Cluff/JJ Goldick
Wilmington (35) vs Miami Trace (45)
(Wilmington wrestlers listed first)
106: Cameron Smart wins by forfeit
113: Sawyer Garrison vs Wes Gandee; Garrison pin 2:26
120: Jordan Pierce vs Jaymon Flaugher; Pierce pin 1:42
126: Colin Greene vs Coby Hughes; Hughes pin 2:00
132: Wilm forfeits vs Gavin Moore
138: Wilm forfeits vs Dereck Moore
145: Isaac Allen vs Drake Litteral; Litteral pin 3:51
152: Scott Gehlbach vs Austin Lovett; Lovett pin 0:48
160: Allister Brausch vs Jacob Tinker; Brausch pin 2:21
170: Bryant Bergefurd vs Jack Anders; Bergefurd tech 17-1
182: RJ Tolliver vs Matthew Hottinger; Hottinger 5-4 UTB
195: Briten Kessler vs Jared Fenner; Kessler pin 1:37
220: Gage Smith vs Dalton Bartley; Bartley pin 2:20
285: Wilm forfeit vs Skyler Morris
Miami Trace (42) vs Hillsboro (33)
106: Timmy Chaney (MT) vs Dawson Carter (H); Carter pin 1:52
113: Wes Gandee (MT) by forfeit
120: Jaymon Flaugher vs (MT) by forfeit
126: Coby Hughes (MT) vs Zak Klisz (H); Klisz pin
132: Brandon King (MT) vs Chad Bieler; Bieler pin
138: Dereck Moore (MT) vs Wyatt Wilkin (H); Moore pin
145: Drake Litteral (MT) by forfeit
152: Austin Lovett (MT) by forfeit
160: Jacob Tinker (MT) vs Mason Stanley (H); Stanley pin
170: Jack Anders (MT) vs Austin Miller (H); Miller dec 6-4
182: Matthew Hottinger (MT) vs Jed Asmus (H); Asmus dec 12-11
195: Jared Fenner (MT) by forfeit
220: Dalton Bartley (MT) vs Jared Conn (H); Conn dec 6-4
285: Skyler Morris (MT) vs Lane Cluff (H); Morris pin 5:55
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports.