Van Wert’s Jordan Daniels takes down Ada’s Noah Beach in the second round of a match during the Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview High School Saturday afternoon. Daniels took fourth and the Cougars placed third as a team. (Times Bulletin/Tom Morris)
Times Bulletin Staff Report
MIDDLE POINT - Lincolnview High School hosted the 2012 Lancer Invitational on Saturday. Wrestlers from fifteen schools participated in the annual tournament.
Delphos St. John's was the overall winner, with 304 points. Van Wert came in third place with 273 team points, and had the tournament's most outstanding wrestler, in senior Terrin Contreras.
Contreras' day consisted of a 5-0 record with four pins. Contreras spent very little time on the mat, with three of his five matches lasting less than a minute. Van Wert also took the 152-pound title with Daniel Thompson winning a 6-3 decision over St. John's Wes Buettner.
The Lancers' Jaquobe Markward won the 113-pound bracket by pinning Brandon Ford of Paulding. "Jaquobe lead a young team, showing them what hard work and experience can accomplish," said Lincolnview coach Curtis Miller.
Parkway's Andrew Ford took third at 113-pounds by pinning Spencerville's Ashley King in 1:51.
At 160-pounds, Van Wert's Colten Royer placed second behind Skylar Brown of Sidney Lehman, while Lincolnview's Doug Hicks placed second at 170-pounds, losing a Major Decision to Will Beuttner of St John's 18-8 in the championship match.
Gabe Hill from Van Wert scored a pin over Nicky Hopkins of Dayton Stivers in 1:32 to claim third place at 182-pounds. Zach Thomas of Van Wert took a third place win by defeating Brady Pittney of Ada 6-3 in the 220-pound bracket.
Lincolnview sophomore Alex Rodriguez went 3-2 on the day to place fourth in the 106-pound weight class. Junior Dalton West also place fourth for the Lancers, with a 3-2 record in the 195-pound weight class.
Eleven of the wrestlers walked on and off the mat today showing the area teams and fans that they were prepared to leave everything on the mat and their heads held high. I'm very proud of their heart that they showed us today," Miller added of his team.
Van Wert's Jordan Daniels took fourth in the 170-pound weight class, going 3-2 with a pair of pins.