Wayne High School hosted McClain, Covington and Trotwood-Madison in a double dual on Wednesday, Feb. 6. It was predetermined by the home team that McClain faced Covington in Round 1 and then Wayne in Round 2. In those matches, the Tigers finished 1-1 on the night. 

Covington recently finished in the Top 4 in their regional dual tournament, giving McClain a formidable opponent in round one. The Buccaneers and the Tigers were tied 6-6 after three matches.

That was the last time MHS would be able to catch Covington as they would stay just ahead of the Tigers the rest of the match, with the dual meeting coming down to the final match with Covington winning that and securing their victory 37-27.

The host Warriors squared off against the Tigers in Round 2 after the Warriors defeated Trotwood-Madison as Wayne also proved to be a formidable team.

This dual meet changed leads three times and was tied twice, as McClain had two quality duals on the night. McClain took the final lead in match No. 11 and earned a quality split on the night with a 45-36 victory.

McClain’s win moves them to 11-3 on the season.

Four Tigers went 2-0 on the night, and they were: Ethan Burns (113), Jacob Krafthefer (138), Phil Waters (182) and Kade Rawlins (220). Krafthefer and Waters both went over 20 wins on the season. Krafthefer is 20-6, and Waters is now 21-8.

Tanner Tite (170) went 1-0, and five Tigers split even on the night at 1-1 as they were: Lucas Jansen (120), Dawson Jansen (132), Aidan Salyers (126), Quinton Smith (145) and Kyler Trefz (195).

Kai Borrelli (285) wrestled two varsity matches but was unable to secure a victory. Parker Chaney (182) competed in one JV match against Covington but was also unable to get a victory.

Up next for Tigers is the Frontier Athletic Conference tournament to be held at Chillicothe High School on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Tigers are sitting in second place in the FAC after the league duals, and there will be 14 weight class champions who will earn their all-conference honors at the event.