LIMA —The Preble Shawnee wrestling team took home fifth place out of the 19 teams which competed at the Lima Central Catholic Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Leading the way for the Arrows was Camron Neal, who took first place in the 106-pound weight division with three pins, a tech fall and a major decision in the finals of the weight class.
Kole Monebrake also had a strong showing for the Arrows, taking third in his weight class with his only loss coming to Hunter Lucas from Lima Central Catholic who was a returning state qualifier.
Alex Steele also placed third as he fell to another state qualifier in Blake Sampson of Bluffton for his only loss of the tournament.
Kage Worley and Mason Williams each took home fifth place, Tanner Crabtree came home sixth.
“The LCC Holiday Tournament was a great tournament for us to get in this year,” head coach Jake Follick said of the tournament, adding, “it’s highly competitive and we got to see a lot of teams from the north part of the district that we will not see again until the district tournament.”
Follick said the fifth place finish was a “bit lower” than he expected but said his team is dealing with injuries early in the season.
Moving forward Follick says his teams needs to refocus and get healthy, “Holiday break always brings tough challenges and tough tournaments.” The first year coach said, “with the new year coming we plan to reset our focus and get healthy.”
The Preble Shawnee wrestling team is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 9 when they compete in the Valley View Invitational.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter at aschmidt_RH