KETTERING — Northmont scored more points than any Dayton area team at the Division I district tournament at Trent Arena, accruing 74 points to place 6th overall out of 47 teams.
The Thunderbolts had three wrestlers qualify for the state tournament.
Chad Craft (41-1) won the 113 pound weight class with a 2-0 decision over Jordan Ward (30-8) of Cincinnati Moeller.
Chase Craft (37-3) won the 120 pound weight class with a 13-5 major decision victory over A.J. Warner (42-8) of Fairborn.
David Henson (35-12) took third place in the 220 pound weight class with a 1-0 decision against Drew Fenton (7-3) of Lakota East.
“We took eight guys to the district tournament with seven being underclassmen and they did a fantastic job,” said Northmont Coach Scott Newburg. “We didn’t really have any team goals going in. Our only goal was to get as many kids out to state as we could. We took five of the eight into the second day of competition and those five scored us points which allowed us to be the top scoring Dayton area team to place sixth. All the boys wrestled well. It was a good experience for them even if they didn’t win a match.”
In the first round of the tournament Chad Craft won by a fall in 37 seconds against Nathan Shatto of Miamisburg. In the quarterfinal he scored 10-6 decision against 4Jabari Thomas of Fairfield. In the semifinal match he scored a 9-0 major decision against Sam Herndon of Piqua to set-up his eventual 2-0 decision over Ward in the championship match.
Chase Craft opened the district tournament with a 15-0 technical fall against Parker Buschelman of Harrison. Quarterfinal action saw him score a 12-0 major decision over Colin Neuner of Beavercreek. IN the semifinal he fought hard to score a 3-2 decision over Colin Schuster of Mason before scoring a decisive major decision over Warner in the final.
“The Craft brothers both advanced to the district finals where they both won,” Newburg noted. “That’s the first time in seven years that we’ve had two district champions in the same year.”
Henson opened the district with a pin (1:47) against Dominic Ferreri of Loveland. In the quarterfinal Henson scored a 3-2 decision over Drew Fenton of Lakota West. In the semifinal round Henson lost to eventual tournament champion Jack Meyer of Cincinnati Moeller by a fall in 25 seconds. That put Henson into the consolation semifinal where he won by default over Cole Sutton of Cincinnati Sycamore, who suffered a broken arm during the match.
That victory guaranteed Henson a state berth, but he went on to secure third place over with the 1-0 victory over Fenton.
“David Henson did a great job,” Newburg said. “He came in and beat a state qualifier to get into the semifinals before losing to the eventual district champion, which was his only loss. He came back through the consolation bracket and did a great job and faced a state qualifier again and beat him one to nothing to take third place.”
Other Northmont wrestlers competed at district but came up short qualifying for state. Luke Holloway (106) lost by a fall in 30 seconds in his first match to Kobey Bronaugh of Milford. In the first round of consolation Holloway lost by a fall in 53 seconds to Cameron Baird of Harrison.
Josh Winston (145) opened the tournament by losing a 15-8 decision to Tiese Gideon of Moeller. In the first consolation round Winston lost by a fall (1:42) to Brandon Smith of Glen Este to end his district tournament run.
Bryan Heyward (170) lost by technical fall 16-0 to Brett Bryant of Moeller in his first match. In consolation he lost by a pin (1:25) to Trey Lanham of Cincinnati Anderson.
Gabe Newburg (182) scored a 9-4 decision over Darell Noble of Winton Woods. In the quarterfinals Newburg lost a 6-2 decision to Cole Cain of Anderson. He came back to score a 6-5 decision over Garrett Fogel of Fairmont in the seocnd consolation round to secure his 30th victory as a freshman. In the third round of consolation Newburg lost a 7-3 decision to Chris Albert of Colerain to end his district bid.
“Gabe Newburg did a great job as a freshman beating a boy who was 38-5 in the first round before losing to a sectional champion in the last few seconds,” Newburg said of his son. “He won another match in the third period with two solid take downs to win 6-5 before bowing out of the tournament to a senior form Colerain, so it was good experience for him. He won his thirtieth match this year, which is pretty impressive for a freshman.”
Dylan Moran (195) opened the tournament by scoring a technical fall 17-2 over Dylan Sagers of Vandalia-Butler. In the quarterfinals Moran lost by a fall (5:12) to Gary Traub of Sycamore. That put Moran into the second consolation round where his tournament ended with a 6-0 loss to Nate Stone of Glen Este.
“Dylan Moran had a tough draw and came in and won one match,” Newburg said. “He ended up wrestling the district champion in his second match to put him out.”
Overall the Thunderbolts really shined. After finishing second to Centerville at both the Greater Western Ohio Conference touernament as well as the sectional Northmont finished ahead of the Elks at district.
“We’ve got three guys headed out to the state tournament and we are looking to do well up there also to cap off the season on a bright note,” Newburg added.