Each year, the Eaton Invitational brings in some of the top wrestling teams in the region. Tippecanoe’s Caleb Blake and Grant Carlson left their mark with a solid performance against some of the best, both by advancing to the championship round in their respective weight class.
Blake defeated Kamron Paulus of Milton Union 3-1 to claim the 138 pound championship, while Carlson fell short in the finals of 220 pounds, as he was pinned by Ben Sullivan of National Trail in 3:50.
Blake opened his day with a pin in the opening round against Noah Stirr of Wilmington in 4:36 before pinning Nosferatu Espiooza of Dunbar in the opening period to advance to the quarterfinal.
Another pin by Blake over Dylan Burns of Arcanum sent the Tipp grappler into the semifinals where pinned Tayler Steele of Waynesville in 3:20 to advance to the championship round, where he finished off his perfect day.
Carlson also started strong, as he pinned Nolan Yeomans of Arcanum in his first match in 1:54, before pinning Drake Miller of Oakwood in 1:36 to advance into the semifinals. Carlson then pinned Bryan Heyward of Northmont in just over one minute to advance to the championship round where he fell to Sullivan.
Also wrestling for Tippecanoe was 113 pounder Cameron Abrams, who won his opening match against Sami Dale of Waynesville via a pin in 20 seconds. Abrams lost in the quarterfinals to Wade Monebrake of Eaton in 1:08 to fall into the consolation round. Abrams was eliminated in the fourth round of consolations as he was pinned by Ethan Mayo of Valley View in 1:57.
At 145, Tipp’s Lucas Moore won his opening match of the tournament by pinning William Lorenz of Springfield in 1:40 to advance to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Andrew Tevis of Edgewood in a 2:40 pin to drop into the consolation bracket. Moore then advanced through his first consolation match with a 6-2 win against Miquel Fitzgerald of Bellbrook to advance into the conso quarterfinals, where his day came to an end with a loss by pin to Mehki Bouldin of Ross.
Wrestling at 160 for Tipp was Cory Hunt, who lost his opening match to Ryan Crawford of Springfield with a pin in 2:28. Hunt was then eliminated in the fourth consolation round, losing to D.J. Whiles of Edgewood in 2:09.
For the tournament, Tippecanoe placed 12th out of 21 teams.
Tippecanoe travels to Butler this weekend.