VANDALIA — Three Preble County wrestlers placed among the top eight in their respective weight classes at the 2019 GMVWA Holiday Wrestling Tournament, which was held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28-29, at Vandalia-Butler High School.
National Trail’s Peyton Lane pulled off an upset to win the 145-pound title.
Eaton senior Zac Schmidt, the No. 3 seed, placed eighth at 160 pounds and Preble Shawnee freshman Zane Adams, who was unseeded, placed eighth at 195 pounds.
Lane, a state-runner up last season at 138 pounds in Division III, knocked off defending Division II state champion Alek Martin, of state and national power Graham, to win the 145-pound title.
Lane, the No. 2 seed defeated top-seeded Martin 2-1 to win the 145-pound division to secure his spot on top of the podium.
On his way to the title, Lane defeated Ryan Walker of West Clermont by pin in 3:08 in his first match. In his second match, Lane pinned Kaelon Lawson-West of Miamisburg in 3:07.
In the quarterfinals, Lane defeated No. 7 seed Tristen Spalding of Walton-Verona, 5-1.
In the semis, Lane scored a 6-2 decision over No. 3 seed Nick Alvarez of Legacy Christian.
For Schmidt, he began the tournament with a pin of Covington’s Bryce Smith in 1:40. In the round of 16, he scored a tech fall over Zanderon James of Anderson, 18-3.
In the quarters, Schmidt suffered a 10-4 setback to No. 6 seed Camden McDanel of Graham.
Schmidt fought his way back into the top eight with an 8-4 decision over Sean Garvey of West Carrollton, before dropping the his final two matches 8-2 and 1-0.
Adams upset No. 6 seed Jeremiah Harlan of Moore, 7-4, in his first match. In the round of 16, he defeated Austin O’Mallye of Big Walnut, 6-2.
In his quarterfinal match, Adams lost to No. 3 Isaac Grilliot of Versailles 14-3. Adams recovered with a 5-4 win over No. 4 seed Michael Leicht to reach the podium. Adams dropped his final two matches by pin.
As team, National Trail finished 13th in the Small School Division with 43 points. Eaton was 14th with 36.5 and Preble Shawnee was 21st with 15.
Graham won the team title with 227 points. Legacy Christian was second with 169 and Miami Trace placed third with 133.5.
In the Big School Division, Springboro took home first with 198.5 points. Delaware Hayes was second with 173 and Ryle (Ky.) was third with 132.
National Trail is scheduled to return to the mat on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Twin Valley South.
Eaton will host a tri-meet on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and will travel to Brookville on Saturday, Jan. 11.
Preble Shawnee will be back in action on Jan. 4 at Twin Valley South.
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