Olentangy Orange’s wrestling team did well at its own invitational, securing an individual championship as well as team runner-up honors at Saturday’s Pioneer Invitational in Lewis Center.
Pickerington North took top honors with 231 points, Orange scored 172.5 to finish second while Olentangy collected 168 to round out the top three places. Big Walnut, with 79.5 points, and Olentangy Liberty, with 72, placed 11th and 13th, respectively. Other team scores included Findlay (152.5), Grove City (152.5), Bloom-Carroll (109), Westerville South (107), Ready (105.5), Licking Heights (93.5), Chillicothe (93), Westerville Central (73.5), Columbus West (41.5), Bexley (32), Columbus South (4) and St. Thomas Aquinas (4).
The Pioneers’ Lenn’s Kamba made the most noise during his team’s runner-up showing, securing first-place points in the 195-pound division thanks to an impressive win over Findlay’s Marcus Winklejohn. Kamba solidified the win late in the first period of the championship final, forcing Winklejohn to the mat with one second left.
Other Pioneer standouts included Nick Lee, who finished second in the 220-pound division after losing his championship final to the Braves’ Chase Carter by a 10-1 margin; Mike McQueeney, who won his consolation final in the 113-pound division thanks to an 11-3 decision over Big Walnut’s Nico Grier; Chris Wallace, who finished third in the 126-pound division after winning his consolation final 7-5 over a Grove City opponent; Michael Hines, who blanked another Grove City grappler 13-0 to close third in the 132-pound class; and freshman Logan Broskie, who nabbed a 6-5 win in the consolation final of the 145-pound division.
Olentangy, meanwhile, was boosted by four individual champs — Carter (220), Braden Held (120), Cody Pollitt (160) and Nate Hall (182). Two of the four title matches were contested between Delaware County contenders, with Carter beating Lee by the aforementioned 10-1 spread and Hall taking down Big Walnut’s Alec Eisnnicher 3-1.
Other local standouts included Big Walnut’s RJ Martin, who finished third in the 138-pound division; and Olentangy’s Connor Slade, who finished third in the 195-pound class.