Day one of the 2018 District Wrestling Tournament at Wilmington High School is in the books, as the McClain Tigers still have all five wrestlers eligible to take the mat for day two and the Hillsboro Indians still have two wrestlers remaining as well.

For the Indians, junior Lane Cluff — a 2017 state qualifier — advanced to the 285 pound semifinals with two wins on Friday, winning his 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.

The two wins by Cluff improve his overall record to 44-3 on the season. On Saturday, he’ll wrestle in the semifinals against sophomore Alex Coleman of Ross, who has a record of 37-7 overall.



McClain had two wrestlers take the mats in quarterfinal action on Friday as Keegan Rawlins won his match at 152 pounds with a 7-6 decision win over Yima Nyamor of Wyoming. In the first round, Rawlins defeated Eaton sophomore Zac Schmidt by pin at 3:40.

Rawlins (46-5) will wrestle Saturday in the 152-pound semifinals against Graham Local senior Joey Sanchez, who is 34-2 overall.

The Tigers also had Quinton Smith (29-18) reach the quarterfinal round, but he suffered a loss in the quarterfinals to Chaminade Julienne’s Thomas McGraw by a major decision at 17-9. In the first round, Smith was victorious over Batavia junior Elijah Waters by a 10-6 decision.

McClain also had three wrestlers stay in the tournament with 1-1 records after losing their first-round matches, but battling back to win in the first consolation round. 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.

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.

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.

Hillsboro had a second wrestler stay in the tournament in senior Deegan Boris in the 195-pound weight class. Boris (36-11) 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.

The Indians also had three wrestlers eliminated from the tournament, as they each lost two matches. 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.

Day two of the event begins at 9 a.m. at Wilmington High School. Click here for complete brackets.