Troy wrestlers sweep Tippecanoe, Piqua in tri-match


PIQUA — Miami County’s three Miami Valley League wrestling teams got together at Roosevelt Fieldhouse Saturday for a tri-match before the MVL wrestling meet Friday at Vandalia-Butler.

Troy continued to shine, sweeping two matches and running its dual meet record on the season to 9-1.

Tippecanoe had defeated Piqua 40-38 in the opening match, then Troy defeated Tipp 46-30 and Piqua 50-28.

“It has been a long time since we have had this kind of dual meet team,” Troy coach Doug Curnes said. “In no way did I expect to go 9-1 in duals at the start of the season. The kids have done a great job. They came out and executed today.”

Against Tippecanoe, winning by pin for Troy were TJ Murray (106), Brayden Lester (144), Tyler Plunkett (157) and Xavier Poffenberger (175) all won by pin.

Danny Murray(165) had a major decision and Nathan Brewster (138), Owen Zickafoose (190) and De’Andre Jones (285) won by forfeit.

For Tipp, Caleb Slife (113), Trent Thompson (120), Kaden Price (126), Collin Isaac (132) and Payton Bey (150) all won by pin.

In the match with Piqua, winning by pin for Troy were Nathan Brewster (138), Logan Westerfield (150), Tyler Plunkett (157), Xavier Poffenberger (175) and De’Andre Jones (285).

TJ Murray (106) won by tech fall and Brayden Lester (144) won by decision.

Devon Gayle (120) and Danny Murray (165) won by forfeit.

“You are always looking to ride momentum,” Curnes said. “And the MVL is less than a week away.”

For Piqua, Brady Mikolajewski (126) capped a 2-0 day on Senior Day with a pin.

“That was probably the only highlight,” Piqua coach Hunter Bryant said. “We were missing some key guys, but that is not and excuse. This was not the Piqua wrestling team I have been watching. It is not over, but we have to get better.”

Also winning by pin in that match were Logan Wells (113) and Gavin Nelson (132).

Landen Martin (190) had a major decision and Hayden Barker (215) won by forfeit.

Tippecanoe coach Nick Petro

In the opening match, winning by pin for Tipp were Andrew Lyons (113), Trent Thompson (120), Payton Bey (150), Blake Thompson (157), Bret Ballard (165) and Alex Shellhammer (175).

Collin Isacc (132) won by major decision.

For Piqua, Brady Mikolajewski (126) and Max Kaye (144) won by major decision.

Winning by forfeit were Averi Wiley (106), Alex Holt (138), Landen Martin (190), Hayden Barker (215) and Parker James (285).

All three teams will be in action at the MVL meet on Friday at Vandalia-Butler.

Dixie Invitational

NEW LEBANON — The Milton-Union wrestling team finished third at the Dixie Invitational Saturday.

Nathan Barker (157) and Colton Hultgren (190) both finished first for the Bulldogs.

Hultgren pinned his way through the tournament, going 5-0 with five pins.

Barker was 5-0 with three pins and one tech fall.

Taking second were Payton Mayfield (126), Ian Coffey (165) and Trey Kiser (175).

Mayfield was 4-1 with four pins, Coffey 3-1 with three pins and Kiser was 4-1 with three pins.

Jacob Lightner (126) took fifth, going 4-1 with three pins.

DC Pool Tournament

DAYTON — Covington travelled to Dayton Christian for their pools event where each wrestler competes twice during the evening, but no team scores are kept.

Going 2-0 for Covington were Carson Taylor (113, pin), Michael Hagan (120, 2 pins), Chase Vanderhorst (132, 2 pins), Aveyen Meek (150, 2 pins) and Jack Blumenstock (157, 2 pins). Also competing well for the Buccs were Christian Clark (113), Luke Brown (144), Carter Dupuis (150), Mason Epperson (157), A.J. Garman (175), A.J. Reyes (215) and Zeb Woodward-Roeth (215).


Williamsburg Invitational

WILLIAMSBURG — Miami East’s Kira Cole (115) continued to dominate the competition.

Cole won the 115-pound class going 4-0.

She recorded pins in her first three matches, before winning the championship match by major decision.

Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at [email protected]

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