Caleb Blake and Grant Carlson proved one thing. No matter what conference they are wrestling in, they are going to compete for a league wrestling championship.
The Tippecanoe wrestling pair did more than compete, as they both placed in last weekend’s first appearance in the Greater Western Ohio Conference championships, as the Red Devils finished fourth as a team in the North Division.
Blake fought through a rough championship match against Jestin Love of the host Butler Aviators before earning a 4-1 win, giving him the 138-pound league championship. Carlson also advanced to the finals, and wrestled even with Centerville’s Jacob Charette at 220, before losing a heartbreaker 2-1 to place second overall.
The Red Devils finished with 49 team points, finishing behind Butler (224), Piqua (89) and Troy (74.5).
Blake opened his league run with a first-period pin against Todd Spidell of Northmont in 1:20 to advance to the quarterfinal round. There, Blake had a tough match against Allen Tangeman of Sidney only to earn a pin in 5:02.
Once in the semis, Blake disposed of Stebbins’ Brady Wilson in 1:38 to advance into the finals, where he ran the table with the win over Love to bring home the gold.
Carlson also began his run into the finals with an opening round pin against Ethan Smith Demitt of Lebanon in 3:35 to get into the quarterfinals. There, Carlson survived a 4-3 decision against Jevon Grant of Trotwood to advance into the semis.
Another tough match saw Carlson defeat Bradley Smith of Beavercreek 7-3 to send him into the finals, where he was edged by Charette to place second overall.
Also for Tippecanoe, Blake Ballard lost his two matches at 113, losing 13-2 to Tyrone Keeton of West Carrollton, and Kaileigh Nuessgen of Beavercreek. Cameron Abrams at 120 fell via pin to Chad Craft of Northmont in his opener, and the Tipp wrestler was eliminated with a pin to Avery Bair of Centerville in the consolations.
At 126, Tipp’s Austyn Bruno fell 4-0 to Dean Hurd of Greenville in his opening round match, and lost via pin to Dagen Lambert of Fairborn in his consolation match.
Lucas Moore also competed for Tippecanoe at 145, and lost his opening round match 18-3 to Devin Hasty of Stebbins. Moore bounced back to earn a close 5-4 win over Phillip Nared of Xenia in the first consolation round to advance. Moore was then eliminated with a loss by pin to Michael Cyphers of Butler.
At 152, John Hegyi lost in 48 seconds to Ryan Crawford of Springfield, before falling to Osman Saddatov of Stebbins in 1:08.
Cory Hunt lost his opening round match for Tipp at 160, losing to Brennan Hicks of Piqua, and fell in his consolation match to Michael Chitsaz of Springboro in 2:41.
Tippecanoe will travel to Stebbins tomorrow night before hosting Versailles in a dual on Feb. 16 at 5:30.