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Raiders, Chiefs send large group to districts

TIPP CITY — With district berths already in hand, several area wrestlers came up short of capturing individual championships here Saturday at the Division II sectional wrestling tournament at Tippecanoe High School.


ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Joe Rindfleisch scrambles to score on Valley View’s Kevin Smith during their 182-pound third-place match Saturday at the Division II sectional wrestling tournament at Tippecanoe High School. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Ben Logan’s Beau Swank works to pin Greenville’s Nick Woodruff during the 220-pound championship match. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LABATT)

Half of the weight classes in Saturday’s sectional title bouts featured a wrestler from either Benjamin Logan or Bellefontaine. In the end, only one of the seven was able to emerge a champion: Ben Logan senior Beau Swank (220).

It was still a highly successful day for the area squads, though, as the Raiders finished third as a team and qualified eight wrestlers to the district meet. The Chieftains advanced five wrestlers and took eighth as a team.

The top four at each weight class moved on to the Division II district tournament at Bowling Green State University this weekend.

Advancing for the Raiders were Caleb Houser (106), Bryce Gray (120), Russ Hites (138), Robby Eleyet (152), Alec Felty (170), Swank (220) and Beau Harmon (285).

The Chieftains qualified Lance Houchin (106), Seth Newman (120), Chase Wilcoxon (132), Nate Miller (170) and Joe Rindfleisch (182) to Bowling Green.

“That is about what we expected to get out,” said Ben Logan head coach Tony Grant. “We wanted six to eight wrestlers, so that obviously falls in that range. I think we wrestled pretty well until the finals. We didn’t do as well there, but we had some tough matches and did OK.”

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