FRANKLIN — Preble Shawnee 106-pounder Camron Neal claimed the Arrows’ first individual SWBL title for wrestling in over a decade on Friday, Feb. 5, when he defeated number one seed Cory Alspaugh of Valley View 11-8 in the championship round.
It was the first individual SWBL Championship for the Arrows since 2004, when Owen Powel earned the title in the 145-pound weight class.
Neal defeated Wade Monebrake of Eaton in the semi-final match-up, 10-7.
After receiving a bye in the opening round, Neal earned his first victory of the day with a tech fall victory over James Dyer of Northridge, 17-2.
As a team, the Arrows finished third overall in the SWBL by earning 126.5 points on the day. The Eaton Eagles won the overall championship, claiming 183.5 points, clearing second place and SWBL Buckeye champion Milton Union by 35 points.
The Arrows finished as runners-up in the SWBL Buckeye Division, missing out on the title by 22 points.
Tanner Claybaker made the finals in the 170 pound weight class, but fell in the final match 8-6 in overtime to Austin Delk of Brookville.
Claybaker earned a major decision victory in the semi-final match-up over Parker Wilken of Eaton by a score of 17-9. He received a bye in the opening round and earned a pin victory over Caleb Black of Milton Union in the second round.
Three Arrows finished third place in their respective divisions, with Kolton Dillon finishing third in the 182-pound weight class, Tanner Crabtree in the 195-pound weight class and Steven Carter in the 120-pound weight class.
Carter defeated Cameron Schmidt of Eaton in the third place match, with a pin after 4:42 seconds on the mats.
Carter earned third place upon wrestling through the entire consolation bracket after losing his opening round match by a pin to Wesley Carter of Northridge. He won four straight “win or go home” matches.
Dillon earned third place with a 5-3 victory over Bailey Wallen of Brookville in the third place match. Dillon lost his only match of the day in the semi-finals to Stone Day of Valley View, 12-4.
Crabtree came home third after defeating Drake Miller of Oakwood with a pin after 1:38.
He was defeated in the semi-finals by eventual champion Kevin Melling of Eaton, 14-5.
Preble Shawnee saw a total of eight wrestlers place, including Mason Williams who finished fourth in the 220 pound weight class, as well as Alex Steele who finished fourth in the 285 pound weight class. The 113-pound Kage Worley finished sixth and Luke Lovely in the 152-pound weight class also finished sixth.
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