Raiders News · ACAC Champions

The wrestling team traveled to Bluffton HS Friday night to compete in the indivdual ACAC wrestling tournament. It was a good and late night as the final round finished up around 11:30p.m. The team wrestled to a 5th place finish and were able to crown 3 ACAC Champions. At 106lbs. Kat Ramsey continues to battle and wrestle hard as she finishes with a 6th place finish. Blake Maloney has turned the corner and has been wrestling really tough in the last couple weeks. Blake went into the tournament as the 5th seed and wrestled to a 3rd place finish. Cameron Grove wrestled to his seed and placed 5th with a good pin win over Conner Young from South Adams in his last match of the night. At 145lbs it was a battle between two semi-state ranked guys, as William Fiechter #1 vs Alex Currie #3 from Adams Central went after it. Fiechter proves to be one of the best in the area with a dominate 12-4 major decision earning his 3rd ACAC title. Xavier Walden at 152lbs. had a big win in the semi-final match against Blake Pruett of Jay County winning in Overtime 10-5. That win put Walden in the championship round against 21-5 senior Dan Herschberger of Woodlan. After the first period of wrestling the score was Walden trailing 4-1, unfortunately Walden couldn’t continue as a rib injury forced with to injury default the match and settle for a 2nd place finish. At 160lbs. Jed Perry continues him dominate Senior season as he wins by fall over Khari Coleman of Bluffton in a time of 1:45 to claim his 3rd ACAC title as well. Probably one of the most exciting and back and forth championship matches came at 170lbs. as Jacob Duncan wrestled a fellow Senior from Adams Central Paul Faurote. There was a lot of back and forth with both wrestlers being on their back in the first couple periods. Duncan comes up with a big throw and puts Faurote on his back and finishes the match in 4:41 to take his first ACAC title. At 182lbs. Clay Smith did a great job battling for the team up a weight class and picked up a win over the Heritage kid to stay alive in the tournament and finish with a 6th place finish. Some times it just isn’t your night as Cole Meeks at 195lbs. came in as the 2nd seed but lost a couple tough matches to finish 4th. It was a really good showing from the kids who were able to wrestle, as the intensity and toughness was evident all night long. The team is in a good spot as we prepare for Sectional week and look to advance in the State tournament series. Wrestling begins at 8:30a.m. next Saturday at Jay County high school as the top 4 placers will advance to the Regional Tournament the following week. Win and advance that is the name of the game from here on!