KETTERING — Piqua 152-pound wrestler Isaac Bushnell is a story of perseverance and determination.
Because of that, the senior’s amazing turn around in the sport over the last two season’s had him alive in consolations going to Saturday’s final round of wrestling at the D-I district tournament at Trent Arena.
After opening the tournament with a 14-4 loss by major decision to Gage Starett of Cincinnati Northwest, Bushnell had a bye in the first round of consolation and defeated Noah Wilkins of Northmont 9-7, avenging a loss from the sectional tournament.
On Saturday, he lost a 3-1 overtime heartbreaker to Jack Willen of LaSalle, finishing an outstanding senior season at 25-19.
Freshman Landen Martin (182) did not fare as well for the Indians.
He lost by pin to Parker Smith of Springboro in 2:27 and lost by pin to Kamarrel Harden of Cincinnati Northwest in 5:05 in first consolations.
WILMINGTON — Milton-Union sophomore Colton Hultgren (195) is was alive in consolations at the Wilmington D-II district tournament Saturday.
He needs to win his first two matches Saturday to make it to state.
Hultgren opened the tournament by pinning Cody Kidd of Blanchester in 5:00, before getting pinned in the quarterfinals.
He rebounded by pinning Griffin Halenar of Hartley in 2:02 to stay alive.
On Saturday, he pinned Byce Hickson of Wyoming in 1:21.
He wrestled Zack Burroughs of Graham in a go-to state match and lost 16-9.
Hultgren lost a 12-0 decision to Sam Oaks of Monroe in the fifth-place match.
The Bulldogs Colten Jacobe (152) and Nathan Barker (160) both had their seasons end Friday.
Jacobe went 1-2 with a pin, while Barker went 1-2 with a decision.