• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Mat Jackets win Conner Invitational Tournament


TYLAN TUCKER (top), pictured in previous action, placed first in the 126/128 pound division at the Conner Invitational on Jan. 6. (File photo by Bill Caine)

ADAM BENDER (top), pictured in previous action, placed second in the 113/115 weight class at the Conner Invitational on Jan. 6. (File photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School wrestling team won the Conner Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6 in Hebron, Kent. The win was the fourth straight team win for the Mat Jackets. The Jackets originally were scheduled for a two day tournament in Virginia but the event was canceled due to weather. The Jackets were able to compete in the Event at Conner High School and dominated the event, winning by 40 team points.

106/108 pounds

Gavin Andreoni (20-7) placed third and scored 19.00 team points. After receiving a bye in the first round, Andreoni won by fall over Ben Stratford (North Oldham) in round two. Andreoni won by decision over Eli Otto (South Dearborn) in round three. Alec Freeman (Mater Dei) won by major decision over Andreoni in round one of the championship bracket and Samuel Grandstaff (Conner) won by fall over Andreoni in the final match.

Joe Miele (4-11) placed sixth in the tournament. Samuel Grandstaff (Conner) won by fall over Miele in the first round. In round two, David Gerkin (Apollo) won by fall over Miele and in round three, Alec Freeman (Mater Dei) won by fall over Miele. In the consolation bracket, Miele won by decision over Ben Stratford (North Oldham) and received a bye in the seventh place match.

113/115 pounds

Adam Bender (17-5) placed second and scored 27.5 team points.

In the first round, Bender won by Fall over Tray Stamper (Conner) and won by technical fall in the second round over Rudi Johnson (Conner). After a bye in the fourth round, Bender pinned Colton Lane (South Dearborn) and lost in overtime of the first place match to Joseph Morgan (Apollo).

Cam Spicer (0-10) did not place in the event.

Spicer was defeated in by fall in round two bye Joseph Morgan (Apollo) and was pinned in round three by Gabe Bobay (North Oldham). In round four, Jeremiah Horton (North College Hill) pinned Spicer and in the fifth round, Spicer was pinned by Johnny Huynh (Conner.)

120/122 pounds

Dylan Preston (24-6) placed second and scored 25 team points.

Preston pinned Aaron Jackson (North College Hill) in the first round and then won by decision over Preston Turner (Mater Dei) in the second round. In round four, Preston won by fall over Tanner Gaylord (South Dearborn) and won by decision in round five over Jacob Grandstaff (Conner). In the first place match, Preston Mattingly (Apollo) won by decision over Preston.

Reece Goss (21-5) placed third in the event.

Goss won his first round match by major decision over Jacob Leder(South Dearborn). In the second round, Goss won by fall over Jeremiah Thomas (Conner) and then won by technical fall in the third round over Carter Mitchell (North Oldham). In round five, Preston Mattingly won by technical fall over Goss. In the third place match, Goss won on an injury default.

126/128 pounds

Tylan Tucker (26-3) placed first and scored 32 team points.

Tucker won by fall in round one over Ben Bishop (North College Hill) and pinned Cam Bohanon(Woodford County) in the second round. Tucker won his next two matches by pin over Travis Roby (Apollo) and Christian Geer (North Oldham). In the first place match, Tucker won by decision over Bryer Hall (South Dearborn).

Cam Bohanon (2-14) placed eighth in the tournament.

Bohanon was pinned in the second round by fellow Jacket Tylan Tucker. In round three, Christian Geer (North Oldham) won by fall over Bohanon. In round four, Bohanon won by fall over Ben Bishop (North College Hill). In round five, Bohanon lost by fall to Travs Roby (Apollo) and was pinned in the seventh place match by Jordan Wells (South Oldham).

David Chapelle (0-6) did not place in the tournament.

Chapelle lost the opening round match to Dylan Berney (Conner) and was pinned in round three by Jordan Wells (South Oldham). Chapelle was pinned in his final two matches of the day.

132/134 pounds

CJ Cardwell (21-3) placed first and scored 28 team points.

Cardwell won his opening round match by fall over Griffin Ferguson (Apollo) and pinned Nathan Grabow (Conner) in the second round. In round three, Cardwell won by deicision over Austin Boggs (South Dearborn) and won by decision over Chas Fudold (South Dearborn) to reach the finals. In the first place match, Cardwell won by decision over Bryce Moberly (North Oldham).

138/140 pounds

Chase Yost (21-3) placed first and scored 33 team points.

Yost won the opening round match by fall over Ethan Murphy (North Oldham) and pinned Cameron Baker (Apollo) in the second round. Yost received a bye in the fourth round and pinned Sammy Elliston (Conner) in the fifth round match. Yost won by major decision in the first place match over Anthony Pierce (South Oldham).

Stephen Reed (2-7) placed seventh in the tournament.

In the first round, Reed was pinned by Anthony Pierce (South Oldham) and was pinned again in the third round by Stanley Crawley (Conner). Reed wn by forfeit to finish seventh in the tournament.

145/147 pounds

Ronan Wyatt (21-9) placed third and scored 22 team points.

Wyatt won by fall in the second round over Frank Egbert (Conner) and by major decision over Andrew Archibald (South Oldham) in the third round. In the quarterfinals, Wyatt pinned Jeremy Lyle (Conner). Wyatt lost in the semifinal match to Blaine Mayer (Mater Dei) by decision. In the third place match, Wyatt pinned Walker McCubbin (South Oldham).

Joe Rivera (3-14) placed 11th in the tournament.

In round one, Jeremy Lyle (Conner) pinned Rivera and Walker McCubbin (South Oldham) pinned Rivera in round two. Bailey Whitelock (South Dearborn) pinned Rivera in round three and Rivera received a bye in round five. In the round six match, Rivera was pinned by Frank Egbert (Conner).

152/154 pounds

Wyatt Andreoni (25-5) placed first and scored 32.5 team points.

Andreoni won his first round match by fall over Corey Tomlin (North College Hill). In the second round, Andreoni won by fall over Jack Hamburg (Conner). In the quarterfinals, Andreoni won by technical fall over Caine Boyer (South Oldham) and won the semifinal by pinning Cameron Reed (South Deerborn). Andreoni won the first place match by major decision over Bryson Gray (Apollo).

Isaac Reed (1-0) placed 12th in the tournament.

In the first round, Reed was pinned by Cade McClanahan (South Deerborn). In the second round, Reed was pinned by Zach Farrell (North Oldham) and was also pinned by Isaiah Brewer (Conner) in the third round.

160/162 pounds

Juan Chavez (4-5) placed sixth in the tournament.

In round one, Mason Hill (South Oldham) won by decision over Chavez. In round three, Chavez won by fall over Eli Renfroe (Mater Dei). Chavez lost his fourth round match by fall to Clayton Boyd (Conner). Chavez won his fifth round match over Ryan Hueseman (South Deerborn). In the fifth place match, James Chavez (Woodford County) defeated Juan Chavez by fall.

Triston Brooks (23-7) placed third and scored 22 team points.

Brooks won by fall over Earl Willhelm (South Deerborn) in the first round. Brooks pinned James Chavez (Woodford County) in the second round and received a bye in the third round. Brooks was pinned in the fourth round by Jack Fuller (Apollo) and won the third round match by major decision over Mason Hall (South Oldham).

James Chavez (4-4) placed fifth in the tournament.

Jack Fuller (Apollo) pinned Chavez in the first round match. Woodford teammate, Triston Brooks, pinned Chavez in the second round. Chavez won his third round match by fall over Earl Willhelm (South Deerborn) and received a bye in round four. Chavez defeated teammate Juan Chavez by fall in the fifth place match.

170/172 pounds

Emmanuel Hernandez (3-13) placed eighth in the tournament.

In round one, Hernandez was pinned by Cooper Elliston (Conner). Hernandez received a bye in round two and was pinned by Ethan Chase (South Deerborn) in round four. In the seventh place match, Kyle Nash (North Oldham) pinned Hernandez.

Tony Ornelas (14-15) placed third and scored 21 team points.

In round one, Ornelas won by fall over Preston Alfred (Apollo). In round two, Ornelas won by fall over DeQuan Adams (North College Hill) and lost by major decision to John McGrew (Mater Dei) in round three. Ornelas won his fifth round match by decision over Kyle Nash (North Oldham) and won by fall in the third place match over Cooper Elliston (Conner).

182/184 pounds

Will Smithers placed sixth and scored 10 team points.

Smithers received a bye in round one and was pinned by Tim Smith (North College Hill) in round two. In round three, Xavier Martindale (South Oldham) pinned Smithers. Smithers pinned teammate Pablo Companioni in the consolation bracket and lost the fifth place match to Cade Crume (Apollo) by decision.

Pablo Companioni (2-12) placed seventh in the tournament.

In round one, Evan Williams (North Oldham) won by fall over Companioni. In round two, Kenneth McGill (South Deerborn) won by fall over Companioni. Cade Crume (Apollo) pinned Companioni in the third round and teammate Will Smithers pinned Companioni in the consolation round. Companioni received a bye in the seventh place match.

195/197 pounds

Luke Hill (1-6) placed fifth in the tournament.

In round one, Hill was pinned by teammate Mason Smith. In round two, Sam Jenkins (North Oldham) won by Fall over Hill. In round three, Conner McCubbin (South Oldham) won by fall over Hill and Luke Utterback (South Deerborn) pinned Hill in round four. Hill received a bye in the fifth round.

Mason Smith (7-11) placed fourth and scored 13 team points.

Smith won his first round match by fall over teammate Luke Hill. In the second round, Luke Utterback (South Deerborn) won by fall over Smith. Sam Jenkins (North Oldham) won by fall over Smith in round three and Smith received a bye in round four. Smith was pinned by Connor McCubbin (South Oldham) in round five.

220/222 pounds

Jack Hill (21-10) placed third and scored 21 team points.

In round one, Tyler Kassinger (South Oldham) won by fall over Hill. Hill won his next two matches by fall, pinning teammate Seth Spaulding and Chase Emmert (South Deerborn). Hill won by forfeit in the fourth round and won by decision in round five over Zach Dick (South Deerborn).

Seth Spaulding (4-16) placed fifth in the tournament.

Spaulding won by fall over Anthony Torres (Conner) in the opening round. Spaulding was pinned by teammate Jack Hill in the second round and lost by fall to Zach Dick (South Deerborn) in round three. Spaulding was pinned in his final two matches of the day.

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