The CHL sent five wrestlers in Division III to the state meet. Three of them are coming home with medals. Of the five, two of the wrestlers were from Deer Park, Austin Siemon & Kamran Alexander. Two were from Reading, Ray Day & Mike McKinney. Madeira was represented by Nick Gelhaus.
Alexander competed in the 160 weight class. The junior lost his two rounds in his first appearance at state. Gelhaus, a sophomore, was making his first appearance at state. He was 1-2 in the 285 pound weight class. Siemon was making his 2nd trip to the state tourney. The junior ended up 3-2 and finished on the podium in 7th place in the 152 pound weight class. Mike McKinney of Reading was a first time state qualifier. The senior was 2-3 at the state meet in the 220 pound weight class and finished 8th. Ray Day of Reading, another first time state qualifier, was the highest place finisher for the CHL. After the losing in the first round, the senior won four straight matches in the consolation rounds and ended up finishing 4th in the 160 pound weight class.
Final season records for the state qualifiers:
Congratulations to these five wrestlers for a great season!
The first ever Division II State Bowling Championships were held Friday & Saturday in Columbus. Taylor boys qualified, & bowled on Friday. The Yellowjackets ended up 15th place. The top Taylor bowlers were Allen Henle with a 381 two game series and Keith Sickler with a 354 two game series.
The team has come a long way in four years from a club team to participating in the first D2 state tourney. Congratulations to coach Danny Vollrath and the Yellowjacket bowlers on a great season.
The Division II sectional is being played at Mason Middle School. Wyoming was up 41-34 over McNicholas after three quarters and hung on for a 63-60 win in the sectional finals. The Cowboys (22-3) will move on to the district finals at the University of Dayton Arena on Friday, March 7 at 7:15. They will face the #6 ranked D2 team in the state, Thurgood Marshall.
In the Division III sectional final at Wilmington College, Mariemont lost to Summit Country Day 81-63. Joey Kromer had 21 points for the Warriors. Terry Sparks added 18 points.
Mariemont was the final team playing for the CHL. The Warriors had a tough task in the Division III District finals at Springfield High School. They lost to the #5 D3 team in the state Miami East, 71-36.
Three events at the Division II State Swimming & Diving Championships were won by two league swimmers. In the girls' 200 Freestyle, junior Claire Gilmore of Mariemont is state champ. Her time of 1:48.38 just miss setting a state record. The state record is 1:48.22 set last year. Senior Jonathan Rutter of Wyoming claims two state titles. Rutter won the Boys' 200 IM in a time of 1:49.94, almost 2.5 seconds ahead of 2nd place. He just missed the state record of 1:49.23, set by Mack Rice of Indian Hill in 2012. Rutter came back and won the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 56.24. He was the defending state champ in 100 Breaststroke.
Mariemont girls finished 5th in the state with 147 points. Indian Hill was 7th, 2 points behind with 145. Taylor was 32nd & Madeira 33rd. Wyoming boys were 3rd with 167 points. Indian Hill was 8th with 98 points. Mariemont was 11th, Madeira 14th, & Taylor 43rd.
Here are the other finishers in the top eight who made it to the podium:
200 Medley Relay - 4. Indian Hill (sophomore Elizabeth Drerup, senior Delaney Smith, junior Grace Stimson, sophomore Devin Landstra) 7. Mariemont (sophomore Sadie DeCamp, senior Sarah Stewart, sophomore Leah Dupre, sophomore Rachel Munschauer)
200 IM - 7. Stimson
50 Freestyle - 6. Landstra, 8. Drerup
500 Freestyle 3. Gilmore
200 Freestyle Relay - 4. Indian Hill (Drerup, Smith, Stimson, Landstra), 5. Mariemont (Gilmore, Munschauer, junior Makayla Valentine, junior Katie Gaburo)
100 Backstroke - 6. Landstra 8. Drerup
100 Breaststroke - 5. Dupre
200 Medley Relay - 6. Indian Hill (senior Will Dowling, junior Jack Dowling, senior Noah Brackenbury, junior Sam Vester), 7. Wyoming (J. Rutter, senior Matthew Lethander, junior Ian Nyberg, sophomore Christopher Rutter)
200 Freestyle - 5. junior Jack Mantkowski (Madeira)
200 IM - 4. junior Mac Lewis (Mariemont), 7. Brackenbury
100 Freestyle - 4. Vester
500 Freestyle - 3. Lewis, 8. junior Stephen Barrett (Wyoming)
200 Freestyle Relay - 4. Indian Hill (Brackenbury, W. Dowling, Vester, senior Drew Rice)
400 Freestyle Relay - 4. Wyoming (J. Rutter, Barrett, junior Max Chou, freshman Carson Burt), 7. Madeira (Mantkowski, junior Ryan Stevenson, senior Grant Karda, sophomore Alex Fortman)
Congratulations to state champs Claire Gilmore & Jonathan Rutter and to all of the league swimmers/divers who were at the state meet.