Troy Christian wrestlers defend D-III district title


By Rob Kiser
Miami Valley Today
TROY — With Troy Christian wrestling — the eye is always on the big prize (state championship).
But, a Division III district championship is indication they are in position for that — and the Eagles brought home the top prize from the Troy D-III district tournament at Hobart Arena Saturday for the second straight year.
Troy Christian won the team title with 170 points, while Legacy Christian was second with 148 points.
“Number five (a fifth state title) is always the goal,” Troy Christian coach Steve Goudy said. “Winning the district title is a step in that direction and it shows we are in position (to go for the state title).”
The Eagles will take eight wrestlers to the state tournament, but Goudy admitted he wasn’t happy with going 3-5 in the finals.
“Even though we won the district title,” Goudy said. “We had another tough round in the finals. We went 3-5. Some of that was due to inexperience and some of that was due to injury. But, next week is when it counts.”
Leading the way for the Eagles were a pair of seniors in Ethan Turner (132) and Andrew Shaffer (152).
Turner, 19-4, got past Legacy Christian’s Ethan Cooper 3-2 in the semifinals, before recording an 8-2 decision over Lima Central Catholic’s Chase Caprella in the championship match.
Shaffer, 37-6, recorded an 11-6 decision over Versailles freshman Kane Epperly in the title match.
“Those are a couple senior leaders,” Goudy said. “Ethan (Turner) is the projected state champion. Andrew (Shaffer) is projected second, but we think he can win.”
Taking second for the Eagles were Caleb Schroer (106), Jason Shaffer (113), Connor Havill (160) and Craig Montgomery (182), who had to default in the third period due to an injury.
Havill, a freshman, nearly stunned Hayden Pummel of Indian Lake.
He had a 6-2 lead at one point before losing 8-7.
“And that kid (Hayden Pummel) is the projected state champion,” Goudy said. “I hope we see him again this week (at state), because I think we can beat him.”
Finishing third was Austin Awan (138), while taking fourth was Troy Kennedy (120).
“It is all about this (week),” Goudy said. “This was a good step.”