Tippecanoe wrestling sweep tri-match with Piqua, Troy


PIQUA — The Piqua, TippeAncanoe and Troy wrestling teams prepped for this week’s Miami Valley League tournament with a tri-match Saturday at Roosevelt Fieldhouse.

And all three coaches saw some positives in a match swept by Tippecanoe.

Tipp defeated Piqua 54-19 and Troy 43-27.

“We looked at all the matches and what matches we could win,” Tippecanoe Nick Petro said. “This is a big deal. Troy and Piqua are right up I-75. I told the kids we needed to be ready and they did a good job.”

Piqua won the final match 38-29 over Troy.

“Tipp brought the heat,” Piqua coach Hunter Bryant said. “They dominated both of their matches. We moved some people around in the Troy match for strategic reasons. This place creates a whole different environment for wrestling. That (the MVL being next week) is why we have this match.”

Troy coach Doug Curnes saw a lot of good things from his wrestlers.

“We are not a dual meet team,” he said. “That is not what our focus is. The wins and losses today will affect seeding. But, next week is about the podium. We will get back to practice Monday and the work will show next week.”

Things started off with the Piqua-Tipp match.

The Red Devils got pins from Elliot Abrams (113), Sean Kelly (144), Collin Hanrahan (150), Gavin Newburg (157) and Cael Liette (165).

Riley Hull (106), Riley Logan (120), Peyton Bey (132) and Alex Shellhammer (175) all won by forfeit.

For Piqua, Parker James (285) won by pin, Landen Martin (190) won by forfeit, Max Kaye (138) recorded a major decision and Gavin Nelson (126) won a 6-4 decision.

In the Tipp match with Troy, Tipp jumped out to a 24-3 lead and couldn’t be caught.

Hull, Bey, Kelly and Hanrahan all won by pin for Tipp, while Abrams and Logan all won by forfeit.

Liette had a 16-3 major decision and Shellhammer won an 11-9 decision.

For Troy, Nathan Brewster (138), Gabe Cusick (157) and Gabe Long (285) all won by pin and Kiernan Schnur won by forfeit.

Lane Obaugh (126) won a 5-4 decision with a late escape.

In the Piqua-Troy match, it was 32-29 when Martin recorded a pin for Piqua in 28 seconds at the 190 pound match.

James finished it off with a forfeit win at 285.

“He is a light 190,” Bryant said. “That was match right there. He went out and got the pin and didn’t let it come down to criteria.”

Also winning by pin for Piqua were Averi Wiley (106) and Nelson (132).

Dylan Johnston (113) had a forfeit win.

Andru Hollopeter (145) had a 17-2 tech fall in the first period and Kaye won a 10-8 decision.

For Troy, Julian Pulverini (150) and Danny Murray (165) won by pin.

Obaugh and Owen Zickafoose (175) won by forfeit and Gabe Cusick recorded a 20-4 tech fall.

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