McClain, Hillsboro advance 9 wrestlers to districts
Monday, February 27, 2017 3:11 PM
The McClain Tigers and Hillsboro Indians wrestled in the Division II Southeast/Southwest Sectional Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The sectional is made up of 11 teams, with the top four wrestlers in each weight class advancing on to the Southwest District to be held this Friday and Saturday in Wilmington.
Circleville won the tournament with an impressive five weight class champions. The Indians placed seventh with 99 points, while the Tigers finished in 11th place with 59 points.
Leading the way for the Tigers was junior 138 pounder Keegan Rawlins. Rawlins ripped through the tournament with four consecutive pins, all in the first period, with Trevor Lewis of Unioto being the wrestler he pinned in the finals.
This is the fifth tournament championship for Rawlins this year. He will enter the district tournament with an impressive 44-4 record.
Sophomore 195 pounder Ethan Taylor went 3-1 in the tournament and finished in third place with a tough 1-0 victory over Hillsboro’s Deegan Boris in the final placement match for the Tigers. Taylor topped the 30-win plateau in the tournament and will enter the district tournament with a 31-15 record.
McClain freshman 113 pounder Quinton Smith went 1-2 in the tournament and finished in fourth place. He will enter the district tournament with a 33-12 record.
The Hillsboro Indians had six wrestlers advance to the district tournament with their sectional finishes. At 126 pounds, Hillsboro’s Dawson Carter returned to the mat for a sectional runner-up finish, going 2-1 on the day.
Also a sectional runner-up for the Indians was Lane Cluff at 285 pounds. Cluff went 2-1 on the day with a win by pin and another victory by a 3-0 decision.
Placing fourth for the Indians were Wyatt Wilkin (2-2) at 145 pounds, Austin Miller (2-2) at 170 pounds, Deegan Boris (2-2) at 195 pounds and Jared Conn (2-2) at 220 pounds.
Also for the McClain Tigers, freshman 160 pounder Phil Waters became the fifth Tiger on the season to reach 30 wins on the season with his sixth-place finish. Walters went 2-3 at the tournament and finished the year with an impressive 30-19 record.
"Phil will be moving to Wisconsin following this school year, and he will be missed at McClain,” MHS head coach Shane Paul said. “We wish him all the best of luck wrestling in Wisconsin.”
MHS freshman 120 pounder Dawson Immel finished 0-2 at the tournament and finished the season with an impressive 32-15 record. Also going 0-2 at the tournament was freshman Kai Borrelli at 220 pounds. Borrelli finished with 13 wins on the season.
Also wrestling for Hillsboro at sectionals were: Richard Adkins (182 pounds), Mason Stanley (160 pounds), Cordell Covault (152 pounds), Chad Bieler (138 pounds) and Tyler Rumpke (132 pounds). Results included: Stanley (1-2), Adkins (0-2), Covault (1-2, fifth place), Bieler (0-2) and Rumpke (1-2).
The Wilmington Div. II District Tournament will start on Friday at 3:15 p.m. and continue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for the Division II State Tournament.