Sunday, January 07, 2001

Madeira wrestlers win own tourney

By Chris Yeager
Enquirer contributor

        Winning the 25th annual Madeira Invitational was rewarding for the host school, and it might have been a prelude to even more prestige.

        The Mustangs participate in the Ohio Duals tournament in Toledo today. It features the top eight teams in each division, with Division III Madeira making its second consecutive appearance.

        As for Saturday's Invitational, Madeira coach Bob Kearns called the win "a great team effort.'

        The Mustangs totaled 233 points, edging second-place Reading by 19 1/2 points. Campbell County was third followed by the Moeller's "B' squad and New Richmond.

        Kearns was glad to win in Madeira's first local tournament appearance this season.

        “We've been going up north,” he said. “It's all good preparation for the state meet.”

        Reading head coach Dick Engel was pleased with the Blue Devils' runner-up finish.

        “We always start slow. But we've got a lot of young guys on the verge of turning the corner. All 12 of our wrestlers placed,” he said.

        Ryan Robbe of Batavia took the 103-pound title with a first period pin of Tom Hayden, a Moeller "B' wrestler. At 112 pounds, North College Hill's Terrell Shields pinned Bobby Wells of New Richmond.

        At 119, Shawn Burroughs gave Madeira its first champ. A repeat Invitational winner, Burroughs pinned Campbell County's Joe Hagedorn with one second left.

        Kris Kuykendall became Madeira's second repeating champ, beating Jonathan Beech 12-3 for the 125-pound championship.

        Kuykendall won last year at 103 pounds.

        “I got fat over the summer,” Kuykendall joked. “I guess I just grew.”

        Reading produced its first champion when Chris Seta beat Campbell County's Josh Boggs 7-5.

        At 135 pounds, Frankie Merle made it three winners in three finals for Madeira. Merle pinned Bethel-Tate's James Daugherty.

        D.J. Engel, who placed second at last year's Invitational, took the 140-pound title with a 19-4 technical fall over Brad Mollman of Batavia. Engel and Kuykendall

        shared Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

        Aided by a penalty point, North College Hill's Gary Hensley edged Clint Harmeyer 3-2 for the 145-pound championship.

        At 152, Tim Kelly became another repeat champion, beating Goshen's Matt McGrath 8-5.

        The 160-pound final was all Clermont County — and a lot of penalty points. But New Richmond's Mike Hol comb defeated Goshen's Adam Sargent 8-4.

        Drew Cloran, 171 pounds, improved on his previous third place finish by taking down Nick Randolph of New Richmond 5-2.

        Casey McConnell of Summit was another defending champ. He beat Madeira's Bryan Cummings 8-5 in the 189-pound final.

        At 215 pounds, Batavia's Adam Mosbacker beat defending champ Ryan Pattison of Madeira 13-5. And heavyweight Mike Ramsey of Campbell County closed the competition with a third period pin of North College Hill's Matt Jackson.

        As for Madeira's trip to Toledo, Kuykendall said there's little the team can do to prepare for some of the best competition the Mustangs will face.

        “You just try to get as much rest as you can. But the Duals are huge,” Kuykendall said of his motivation.

        His teammate and fellow Invitational champ Burroughs didn't object the scheduling crunch.

        “It's not a burden at all,” Burroughs said. “I'll take a lot of fluids and try to sleep. But I'm really looking forward to it.”

        Madeira will face powers such as Sandusky St. Mary's, Mohawk, and Martin's Ferry.

        Team scores: 1. Madeira 233, 2. Reading 213.5, 3. Campbell County 159.5, 4. Moeller B 137, 5. New Richmond 127.5, 6. Summit Country Day 95, 7. Batavia 88, 8. North College Hill 81.5, 9. Bethel-Tate 70, 10. Westrn Brown 66, 11. Goshen 57.5, 12. Taylor 51, 13. Indian Hill 42, 14. Deer Park 39, 15. Williamsburg 33, 16. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 26, 17. Mariemont 0.

        Finals: 103—Robbe (Batavia) p. Hayden (Moeller B) 1:07; 112—Shields (North College Hill) d. Wells. (New Richmond) 11-5; 119—Burroughs (Madeira) d. Hagedorn (Campbell County) 2-0; 125— Kuykendall (Madeira) d. Beach (Deer Park) 12-3; 130—Seta (Reading) d. Boggs (Campbell County) 7-5; 135—Merle (Madeira) p. Daugherty (Bethel-Tate) 5:56; 140—Engel (Reading) d. Mollmann (Batavia) 19-4; 145—Hensley (North College Hill) d. Harmeyer (Reading) 3-2; 152—Kelly (Reading) d. McGrath (Goshen) 10-5; 160—Holcomb (New Richmond) d. Sargent (Goshen) 8-5; 171—Cloran (Madeira) d. Randolph (New Richmond) 5-2; 189—McConnell (Summit Country Day) d. Cummings (Madeira) 8-5; 215—Mosbacker (Batavia) d. Pattison (Madeira) 13-5; 275—Ramsey (Campbell County) p. Jackson (North College Hill) 5:06.


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