Hillsboro junior Lane Cluff, right, is pictured during the wrestling postseason. Cluff was the district runner-up at Wilmington, becoming a state qualifier for the second time. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Hillsboro junior Lane Cluff, right, is pictured during the wrestling postseason. Cluff was the district runner-up at Wilmington, becoming a state qualifier for the second time. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)

After two days of wrestling at Wilmington High School at the Division II District Tournament, the Hillsboro Indians will be sending one wrestler back to the state tournament this coming Thursday, as junior Lane Cluff became a two-time state qualifier.

Cluff (45-4) did so by placing as a district runner-up in the 285-pound weight class at districts for the second consecutive year, losing just one match in the finals and finishing the two-day tournament at 3-1 overall, winning twice on Friday.

On Saturday, Cluff began day two by gaining a win by default in the semifinal round over Ross sophomore Alex Coleman. The two wins on Friday came in the quarterfinal match by a 4-1 decision over Andrew Arnold of Goshen. In the first round, Cluff defeated Alter senior Sam Homan by pin at 4:35.

In the Saturday finals, Cluff lost to Wilmington senior Conner Barton by an 8-3 decision as Barton improved to 34-8 overall.




Hillsboro had a second wrestler place at districts and become a state alternate with a fifth-place finish. In the two-day tournament, senior Deegan Boris gained his fifth-place spot in the 195-pound weight class with a 2-0 decision win in the fifth-place match over Badin’s Kegen Rogers.

Boris (39-12) lost his first-round match to Bellefontaine’s C.J. Cook by a 5-2 decision. In the first consolation round, Boris stormed back with a win by pin fall at 2:47 over Monroe’s Vicente Ocampo-Zepeda. On Saturday, Boris won in the third consolation round over Franklin’s Hunter Lester with a 6-1 decision. In the consolation semifinals, Boris lost to Jackson Gear of McNicholas by pin at 4:58.

The Indians on Friday had three wrestlers eliminated from competition.

At 138 pounds, freshman Scott Eastes (24-20) lost to Graham Local’s J.D. Stickley by pin at .18 and in the first consolation round to Springfield Northwestern’s Jacob Lees by pin at 2:32.

Hillsboro senior Cordell Covault (11-8) lost his first-round match in the 145 pound class to Chaminade Julienne’s Micah Marshall by pin at 2:17, and in the first consolation round, he lost to Springfield Northwestern’s Evan Hager by a 14-7 decision.

In the 152 pound class, Hillsboro junior Richard Adkins (14-19) lost in the first round to Urbana’s Damion Williams by pin at 3:55. In the first consolation round, he lost a close match to Norwood’s Greg Melton by a 2-1 decision.

As for the McClain Tigers, they had all five wrestlers qualify for Saturday’s action, but none of the five placed in the Top 5.

On Friday in the first round, senior Keegan Rawlins defeated Eaton sophomore Zac Schmidt by pin at 3:40 in the 152-pound bracket. Also on Friday, Rawlins won his second match with a 7-6 decision win over Yima Nyamor of Wyoming.

In the semifinals on Saturday, Rawlins lost to Graham Local senior Joey Sanchez by pin at 5:48. Rawlins suffered his second loss in the 152-pound consolation semifinal to Washington’s Zane Nelson by a score of 11-4.

Rawlins finishes his career at McClain as their all-time wins leader, going over 150 wins for his career. This season, Rawlins finishes with an overall record of 46-7.

McClain’s Quinton Smith (132 pounds) in the first round was victorious over Batavia junior Elijah Waters by a 10-6 decision. In the quarterfinals, he lost to Chaminade Julienne’s Thomas McGraw by a major decision at 17-9. On Saturday, Smith lost in the second consolation round by a 1-0 decision to Westfall’s Liam Smith.

McClain also had three wrestlers stay in the tournament with 1-1 records after losing their first-round matches Friday. Freshman Lucas Jansen lost by a 12-1 major decision to freshman Caleb Thomas of Monroe. Jansen (34-11) rallied back in the first consolation round to defeat Saa’lih Muhammed of Thurgood Marshall by a decision of 8-3. On Saturday, Jansen won in the second consolation round with a 5-4 decision over Eaton’s Owen Hewitt. Jansen lost in the third consolation round by a 10-3 decision over Trotwood-Madison’s Jorden Zigo.

Sophomore Phil Waters lost his first-round match to Wilmington senior Isaac Allen by a 12-1 major decision. Waters (27-16) came back strong in the first consolation round by defeating Urbana’s Trey Williams by a 10-2 major decision. On Saturday, Waters lost to Seth Hodapp of Eaton by a 4-2 decision.

At the 220 pound class, McClain freshman Kade Rawlins (37-8) lost his first-round match to Carroll’s James Hill by a 6-5 decision. After narrowly losing in the first round, Rawlins won in the first consolation round with a 7-2 decision over Taylor’s Ricky Hammond. On Saturday, Tom Coleman of Ross defeated Rawlins by pin at 1:45.