Preble Shawnee’s turn around on the mat continued last week in the Division III sectional wrestling tournament at Milton-Union.
Shawnee’s program has been down the past few years, but is seeing an upward trend with a mix of upperclassmen and solid, young wrestlers.
The Arrows placed fourth as a team with 124.5 points, and will send six grapplers to this weekend’s district meet.
Twin Valley South will also be represented at the district meet with a pair qualifying. The Panthers finished 13th in the 15-team field with 36 team points.
The district tournament will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Hobart Arena in Troy. The first session is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday.
Dayton Christian won the team title with 277.5 points. The Crusaders are led by former Eaton wrestler Michael May, who transferred before the school year. May won the sectional title at 120 pounds. A pair of Southwestern Buckeye League teams, Dixie (133.5) and Brookville (128), placed second and third.
Preble Shawnee was led by Kolton Dillon (170 pounds) who placed third. Dillon reached the semifinals before falling, 3-2, to Middletown Madison’s Josh Kirby. Dillon then defeated Trevor Good of Brookville by pin and Adam McCarrick of Hamilton Badin, 9-4, to advance.
At 220-pounds, the Arrows’ Clint Newkirk reached the semifinals. He reached the semis before losing, but bounced back to beat Andrew Zimmer of Dayton Christian and J.T. Robbins of Twin Valley South by pins to advance.
Preble Shawnee’s Camron Coatney placed fourth at 106-pounds. Waylon Shope advanced for the Arrows at 113-pounds, by placing fourth. Justis Brewer also moved on by placing fourth at 145-pounds. The final Arrow to advance was Alex Steele, who placed fourth at 285-pounds.
Also placing but not advancing was Kole Monebrake, who was fifth at 120-pounds, Jordan Brewer who was fifth at 138-pounds, Caleb Dixion who was sixth at 152-pounds, and Brandon Howard, who was fifth at 160-pounds.
For Twin Valley South, Shade Holsapple and J.T. Robinson each qualified by placing fourth in their respective weight classes.
After dropping his first match, Holsapple battled his way through the consolation brackets at 152-pounds, with a 15-7 major decision over Isaiah Pritchard of Dixie. He also claimed a 12-7 win over Arthur Impson of Brookville and an 8-7 win over Dixion. He then dropped his consolation final match to Canaan Berry of Milton-Union 5-1.
Robbins, at 220-pounds, opened the tournament with a bye and then pinned Andrew Zimmer of Dayton Christian to advance to the semifinal, where we fell to Adrian Harding of Greeneview. Robbins rebounded with a pin over Cameron Coffman of Dixie to qualify for districts despite dropping his final match to Newkirk.
Falling short of qualifying for district was Chase Sockacki, who finished 6th at 132 pounds.
“This is Jack’s first time making it to Districts and Shade’s second time. Shade was the first wrestler to ever make it to Districts from Twin Valley South High School and now Jack is the second. I’m really proud of the whole team and how far they all came this year,” Twin Valley South coach Jimmy Wallace said. “Even though we worked really hard, we had fun doing it. This young bunch will eventually blossom into a very competitive team.”