EATON — Eaton was able to shed a tough one-point loss in the state duals regional final match to come up with their fifth straight Southwestern Buckeye League championship on Friday, Feb. 5.
The team was without 126-pound Coleman Manning and 152-pound Isaac Ilo, but the team had several other wrestlers step up and put forth strong performances, said head coach Mark Silvers.
“Fortunately freshman Chris Weadick was able to fill in for (Manning) and he did a great job,” Silvers said. “The guys did a great job overall. Yes, we lost some matches we could have won, but that’s how you learn and they are still building to their peak.”
Weadick finished fourth overall on the day, after entering the tournament unseeded.
Overall, the Eagles placed 12 out of 13 wrestlers in the tournament.
For starters, Wade Monebrake (106) continued his solid season, placing third overall and moving his season record to 32-9.
Kevin Melling (195) was the team’s only champion, pinning his Brookville opponent in 2:58 in the final match while Drew Moore (160) was second in his class and became a three-time SWBL finalist. Moore moves his seasonal record to 18-4 overall.
Mac Altom (145), Parker Wilken (170), and Matt Todd (220) all ended the day in third and Cameron Schmidt (120), Brandon Weaver (132), and Justin Welcome (138) were all fourth place finishers.
Spencer Reynolds (182) ended the day in sixth and Seth Bowman (285) earned his first tournament placement of the year, ending the day in fifth place.
“They put together a great team effort to win the team title. Now they have two weeks to get back in the practice room and fine-tune and prepare for the sectional championships,” said Silvers.
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