Bolts place second at GWOC


By Ron Nunnari - Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com



Dylan Moran (195 pounds) pins Isaih MacDonald of West Carrollton.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Chad Craft pinned Sam Herndon of Piqua in the 113 pound championship match.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Chase Craft scored a 14-0 major decision in the 120 pound championship match over Colin Neuner of Beavercreek.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

Luke Holloway battles Patrick Dillon of Lebanon in the 106 pound weight class at the GWOC Tournament.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

David Henson puts the squeeze on Christian Nation of Troy during a 220 pound match at the GWOC Tournament.


Photo by Ron Nunnari

KETTERING — Northmont’s wrestling team placed second overall Saturday and second in the Central Division at the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament at Trent Arena.

The Thunderbolts amassed 151 points second only to Centerville’s total of 161.

Northmont had seven wrestlers place in the tournament, including three freshmen – Luke Holloway, Hunter Terrill and Gabe Newburg. Holloway placed fourth in the 106 pound bracket, Terrill second at 132 and Newburg was second at 182.

Juniors Chad (113) and Chase Craft (120) took first place in their respective weight classes while sophomore Dylan Moran placed 5th at 195 and senior David Henson placed 3rd at 220.

“We had a great tournament. Our goal was to place in the top five because we were giving up a couple of weight classes and had five freshmen going in, but I will tell you the freshmen really exceeded my expectations,” said Northmont Coach Scott Newburg. “Of the 25 wins we had in the tournament, 19 of the 25 were bonus point wins, which are major decisions, technical falls or pins. That’s what really enabled us to get up there to finish in second place.”

Newburg pointed out that some of his wrestlers scored bonus point wins in every one of their matches in the tournament.

“We had a two-to-one ratio in take downs, which means we took them down twice as many times as we got taken down and we had a two-to-one ratio on first take downs,” Newburg said. “Our motto is to always wrestle at our opponents all the time and if you get that first take down in the first period, that’s what we shoot for and the kids did a great job doing that.”

First place finishes by both Craft brothers helped Northmont garner plenty of points. Chad pinned Sam Herndon if Piqua in 4:20 in the finals while Chase scored a 14-0 major decision over Colin Neuner of Beavercreek.

“We got great performances from the Crafts,” Newburg added. “They both had bonus point wins through the whole tournament.”

Two of the team’s three freshmen reached the finals; Hunter Terrill and Gabe Newburg, which is quite an achievement.

“We really didn’t know how they would react going up against juniors and seniors, but they did a great job to get to the finals and they scored a lot of points for us,” Newburg added. “Luke Holloway, another freshman who placed in the top four, did a great job too. Senior David Henson and sophomore Dylan Moran also placed, so we matched our total last year of seven placers when we finished second in the tournament. The only difference is that this year six of our seven placers will be back next year, so that is a good thing.”

Northmont will return to action Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20 when the Thunderbolts compete in the sectional tournament at Centerville High School.

GWOC Championships

Overall Team Scoring

1. Centerville 161.0

2. Northmont 151.0

3. Lebanon 150.5

4. Springboro 135.0

5. Beavercreek 118.5

6. Fairmont 113.0

7. Springfield 101.0

Vandalia-Butler 101.0

9. Miamisburg 100.0

10. Wayne 82.5

11. Piqua 74.5

12. Troy 73.0

13. Sidney 58.0

14. Greenville 39.0

Trotwood-Madison 39.0

16. Xenia 38.0

17. Fairborn 37.0

18. West Carrollton 34.5

By Division

GWOC Central

1. Centerville 161.0

2. Northmont 151.0

3. Beavercreek 118.5

4. Fairmont 113.0

5. Springfield 101.0

6. Wayne 82.5

GWOC North

1. Butler 101.0

2. Piqua 74.5

3. Troy 73.0

4. Sidney 58.0

5. Greenville 39.0

5. Trotwood 39.0

GWOC South

1. Lebanon 150.5

2. Springboro 135.0

3. Miamisburg 100.0

4. Xenia 38.0

5. Fairborn 37.0

6. West Carrollton 34.5

Dylan Moran (195 pounds) pins Isaih MacDonald of West Carrollton.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/02/web1_DylanMoran.jpgDylan Moran (195 pounds) pins Isaih MacDonald of West Carrollton. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Chad Craft pinned Sam Herndon of Piqua in the 113 pound championship match.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/02/web1_ChadCraft.jpgChad Craft pinned Sam Herndon of Piqua in the 113 pound championship match. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Chase Craft scored a 14-0 major decision in the 120 pound championship match over Colin Neuner of Beavercreek.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/02/web1_ChaseCraft.jpgChase Craft scored a 14-0 major decision in the 120 pound championship match over Colin Neuner of Beavercreek. Photo by Ron Nunnari

Luke Holloway battles Patrick Dillon of Lebanon in the 106 pound weight class at the GWOC Tournament.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/02/web1_LukeHolloway.jpgLuke Holloway battles Patrick Dillon of Lebanon in the 106 pound weight class at the GWOC Tournament. Photo by Ron Nunnari

David Henson puts the squeeze on Christian Nation of Troy during a 220 pound match at the GWOC Tournament.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2016/02/web1_DavidHenson.jpgDavid Henson puts the squeeze on Christian Nation of Troy during a 220 pound match at the GWOC Tournament. Photo by Ron Nunnari

By Ron Nunnari

Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ron Nunnari at 684-9124, via email Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @Englewood_Ind

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