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Hunter Lucas Named Most Valuable, Kobe Cunningham Also Wins County Title!

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Hunter Lucas was named the Most Valuable Wrestler at the Allen County wrestling tournament on Saturday, winning his weight class with a 16-6 major decision. Kobe Cunningham also won his weight class, with Joey Caprella finishing as runner-up, Jordan Hinegardner taking third place and Collin Hennon and Joe Eisele both finishing in fourth. All results are listed below.

Team scores: 1. Bath 246, 2. Elida 241.5, 3. Bluffton 191, 4. Delphos Jefferson 155, 5. Allen East 142.5, 6. Lima Central Catholic 134, 7. Shawnee 61, 8. Lima Senior 55, 9. Delphos St. John’s 52, 10. Spencerville 49.

First-place matches

132: Wyatt Place (DJ) pin James Mortimer (Bluffton) 3:37

138: Lee Dues (AE) pin Naeem Russel(LS) 3:14

145: Gabe Makin (E) dec. Luke Brown (AE) 15-5

152: Nate Stonehill (B) pin Evyn Pohlman (DSJ) 1:14

160: Brandon Soules (AE) dec. Issac Ingram (B) 11-7

170: Hunter Binkley(DJ) pin Lawrence Slygh (E) 3:11

Third-place matches

132: Jordan Hinegardner (LCC) dec. Andrew Purtee (E) 9-0

138: Collin Mell (B) dec. Collin Hennon (LCC) 4-3

145: Cody Dickson (Spencerville) pin Nathanial Staley (Bluffton) 3:47

152: Austin Mault (Bluffton) dec. Keagan Pauff (E) 8-0

160: Cole Wilson (Bluffton) dec. Joseph Eisele (LCC) 7-3

170: Dylan Pletcher (Bluffton) pin Justin Wieging (DSJ) 1:47

Fifth-place matches

132: Jaxson Swickrath (E) dec. Anthony Melvin (B) 9-1

138: Calvin Brown (E) dec. Clay Adlesh (S) 16-5

145: Garrett Garver (B) pin Conner Anspaugh (DJ) 1:46

152: David Grant (DJ) pin Peyton Ford (Spencerville) 3:18

160: Ivan Smith (S) pin Evan Mohler (DSJ) 3:36

170: Andrez Reed (XT 1) (DJ) pin Seth Schwartz (Spencerville) 0:53

Other results

106: 1. Bailey Gibson (E), 2. Cody Kretzer (AE), 3. Colin Poling (B), 4. Andrew Fleming (E)

113: 1. Kobe Cunningham (LCC), 2. Andrew Foust (DJ), 3. Austin Selvaggio (E), 4. Ethan Kohlhorst (B)

120: 1. Hunter Lucas (LCC), 2. Blaine Hunter (E), 3. Lucas Freeman (AE), 4. Ryder Romick (Bluffton), 5. Peter Fike (LS)

126: 1. James Badial-Luna (Bluffton), 2. Joey Caprella (LCC), 3. Malik Morris (E), 4. Jackson Barnes (B), 5. Steven Sodders (LS)

182: 1. Tre Terry (B), 2. Logan Emerick (AE), 3. Josh Kroeger (DJ), 4. Miguel Clark (LS), 5. Connor Wagner (E), 6. Brady Welker (DJ) (XT 1)

195: 1. Tyler Shobe (B), 2. Deandre Nasser (Bluffton), 3. Lane Bennett (DJ), 4. Sebastian Brown (DJ) (XT 1), 5. Tyson Williamson (E), 6. Matt Wiechart (DJ) (XT 2)

220: 1. Bo Gross (B), 2. Noah Meeker (E), 3. Ke’Juan Frazier (E) (XT 1), 4. Spencer Wannemacher (DJ), 5. Eric Adkins (B) (XT 2)

285: 1. Bailey Young (S), 2. Blake Sampson (Bluffton), 3. Jayden Neal (B), 4. Jordan Rothermal (E), 5. Brandon O’Dell (Spencerville), 6. Andrew Shawhan (DSJ)

At Saturday’s Allen County Tournament at Shawnee’s Lappin Gymnasium, Bath recorded four individual titles in the finals to slip past Elida 246-241.5, for the team title.

Last season, Elida won the Allen County title, defeating second-place Bath by 36 points.

On Saturday, Bluffton finished third (191), Delphos Jefferson came in fourth (155) and Allen East (142.5) rounded out the top five teams. There were 10 schools that competed in this weekend’s annual tournament.

This season’s roster for Bath has a nice mixture of youth and experience, which seemed to mesh well on Saturday.

“They did great,” first-year Bath coach Jeff Richards said. “We’ve got a lot of experience with our upper weight classes, and the lightweights. …They pulled through. Our 106-pounder, Colin Poling, got a big win in the (third-place) finals, to kind of start us out. Then we finished with a lot of big wins with our upper weight classes. …I was thrilled.

“We only have two seniors, and both of them were Allen County champions. Nate Stonehill (152-pounder) won his second in a row. So, it was a good day.”

The other Bath senior that notched a title was Tyler Shobe (195).

This season, Bath is aiming high.

“It’s a good year for me, personally,” Shobe said. “But, we’re focused on winning the Allen County team (championship), and then our dual on Monday against Elida. So, we’re trying to work, grind through the season and see what we can do.”

The prospects look bright for Bath this season and beyond.

“With only two seniors, we have a lot coming back (next season). So, that’s a good thing,” Richards said.

The other two champions for Bath on Saturday were Tre Terry (182) and Bo Gross (220).

In undoubtedly the most highly-anticipated match of the day was in the 120-pound weight class, between Elida’s Blaine Hunter and Lima Central Catholic’s Hunter Lucas.

At last year’s state tournament, Lucas finished second at 113 pounds in Division III. Hunter competed at 113 in Division II, going 1-2, before being knocked out of the tournament.

On Saturday, Lucas (11-0) came out aggressive, scoring early on Hunter (11-1), en route to a 16-6 major decision over the Elida standout.

“I like to be the aggressor,” Lucas said. “I like to go out there and be physical. I want to break my opponent, and make them give up before the match is even over. Unfortunately, I couldn’t break Blaine. But, it is what it is. He’s a tough kid. He’s the real deal. So, going out there and doing what I did, I feel pretty good.”

With Saturday’s stellar performance, Lucas was named the most valuable wrestler of the tournament.

In another highly-anticipated match, Lima Senior freshman standout Naeem Russell went up against senior Lee Dues from Allen East.

Russell came into Saturday’s finals with a 12-0 record. Dues came into the championship match against Russell with a 6-4 mark.

In the end, it was the experience of Dues that paid huge dividends.

In the second period, with Russell leading 4-1, Dues managed to roll Russell to his shoulders for the pin. Dues’ win on Saturday avenged a loss he suffered to Russell at the beginning of the season.

“He’s fast,” Dues said. “I knew I had to take the pace of the match, and try to slow the match down. ….Then, (I wanted to) try to speed it up to what I needed it to be.”

Despite being a freshman, Russell feels confident about his chances, every time he steps onto the mat.

“I just don’t think about it. I go out there and handle it like a normal match,” he said.

Other champions on Saturday included Allen East’s Brandon Soules (160); Bluffton’s James Badial-Luna (126); Elida’s Bailey Gibson (106) and Gabe Makin (145); Delphos Jefferson’s Wyatt Place (132) and Hunter Binkley (170); Lima Central Catholic’s Kobe Cunningham (113); and Shawnee’s Bailey Young (285).

The Lima News sports department can be reached at 567-242-0451.

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