By RON NUNNARI
With five wrestlers that placed in the top six at the Greater Western Ohio Conference wrestling championships, the Northmont wrestling team hit its target goal.
That goal, according to coach Scott Newburg, was to finish in the top half of the newly expanded 18 school standings.
“I thought we did a really good job. Our upperclassmen did a great job, especially since we didn’t get to practice all week with school canceled,” Newburg said. “I give them credit for keeping their weight down and dealing with the circumstances. Our goal this year was to finish in the top half of the 18 school standings. Even with all of our forfeits we achieved that goal.”
Newburg credited the performances of T.J. Ho, Nick Duncan, Max Greer, Terrence Hoff, Jonah Newburg and Paul Winkler for propelling the team to its ninth place finish.
Ho placed fourth in the 112 pound weight class. He suffered a pin (3:51) to Justin Kihn of Fairmont in the battle for third place.
Winkler placed second in the 189 pound championship match, losing by a pin (1:08) to Brandon Walker of Springboro. “This is the fourth tournament he has placed in and the third time he has made the finals,” Newburg noted. “Paul is a great three sport athlete (baseball, football and wrestling). He doesn’t have the time to concentrate on just one sport, but can compete with any 189 pounder in the state. He possesses great athleticism and is very powerful on his feet.”
Newburg won his 27th straight match to win the championship of the 171 pound weight class with a 22-10 major decision over Darryl Grayson of Springfield. This was Newburg’s second GWOC title. He also placed first last year. Out of his 27 wins, he has scored 13 technical falls.
Greer placed third in the 152 pound weight class by scoring a 8-2 decision against Derek McGrew of West Carrollton. Greer’s only loss was to eventual champion Nick Corba of Beavercreek. “Max is kind of a dark horse. He can beat anyone, any time. He put a lot of work into his technique over the spring and summer and it paid off for him,” Newburg said.
Duncan placed sixth in the 140 pound weight class, losing a 9-0 major decision to Trey Hafer of Butler in the battle for fifth.
“Nick Duncan, Terrence Hoff and T.J. Ho all had good tournaments placing n the top six. We hope to get all three of them into the district tournament,” Newburg added.
The Thunderbolts will travel to West Carrollton this Thursday to face the Pirates as well as Xenia and Sidney at 6:30 p.m.
The sectional tournament will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Centerville High School at 10 a.m.
GWOC Tourney Standings
1. Beavercreek 210.5
2. Springboro 164.0
3. Centerville 161.0
4. Piqua 119.0
5. Butler 118.5
6. Fairmont 113.0
7. Wayne 112.0
8. Sidney 111.0
9. Northmont 94.5
10. Miamisburg 91.0
11. Lebanon 87.0
12. Springfield 61.0
13. Greenville 60.5
14. West Carrollton 53.0
15. Xenia 49.0
16. Troy 29.5
17. Trotwood 26.0
18. Faairborn 12.0
Photo by Scott Sease
Jonah Newburg scored a 22-10 major decision over Darryl Grayson of Springfield to win the championship in the 171 pound weight class and his 27th victory in a row.