COLUMBUS — Lakeview claimed seven individual titles Friday to defend its home turf and win the Lakeview Invite for the first time since 2011.
The Vikings finished with a school-record 228 team points, well ahead of runner-up North Bend, which scored 154 points. The previous Lakeview record for a wrestling tournament was 211.5 points, set in 1994.
“We knew we had our work cut out for us,” Lakeview head coach Jeff Bargen said. “They went above and beyond. We really wrestled well.”
Scotus Central Catholic was fourth with 104 points, with Wren Allen winning the title at 195 pounds.
Lakeview dominated the lower weights, winning the five lightest classes.
Sophomore Lucien Engel, who didn’t wrestle as a freshman, went 4-0 at 106 pounds, pinning three opponents to win that division in the first high school matches of his career. Jovany Abarca was second in the division, going 3-1 with his only loss coming in a 7-3 decision against Engel.
At 113 pounds, Lakeview freshman Kevin Dominguez also started his high school career on top, going 3-0 and winning two close matches to claim the title. In the opening round, Dominguez took down Cross County/Osceola’s Kobe Brouillette 3-2. Then, in the first-place match, Dominguez won by tiebreaker over Twin River’s Nathan Held.
“They really came through for us today,” Bargen said of Engel and Dominguez. “That was a nice surprise."
Logan Jaixen was a perfect 4-0 at 120 pounds for Lakeview, scoring three pins along the way. Jaixen edged Scotus’ Nick Taylor 7-5 in the championship match.
Gage Perry only had to wrestle twice to win the 126-pound division, taking both matches by fall.
Joel Lemburg spent a total of 2 minutes, 32 seconds on the mat at 132 pounds, pinning all three opponents he faced, including a 13-second win over Scotus’ Calen Hinez.
Bargen expects those three to be among the top wrestlers every time out for the Vikings.
“I expect a lot of them this year,” he said.
At 152 pounds, Lakeview's Zeth Gerkensmeyer went 3-0 to claim the title. He beat Gibbon's Jacob Tracy 7-6 in the championship match.
“It was a good back-and-fourth match, came right down to the end and Zeth was able to come out on top,” Bargen said.
Lakeview's Cody Thompson won the round-robin battle of the heavyweights. Thompson went 2-1 in the tournament, with a pair of pins against Scotus’ Landon Sokol and Cross County/Osceola’s Nathan Hennessy. Thompson lost to Fullerton’s Kole Prososki. Both Prososki and Sokol went 2-1, but Thompson won a tiebreaker to claim the title.
Sokol finished third at 285 pounds.
Allen pinned the first two opponents he faced on his way to the 195-pound title. The Shamrock senior won the championship match 12-6 over Gibbon’s Wyatt Kee.
Taylor was the only other Shamrock in the top three with his runner-up finish at 120 pounds.
Twin River, which was sixth with 93 team points, had five wrestlers in the top three, but failed to win any division.
Held finished second at 113 pounds, losing the tiebreaker to Lakeview’s Dominguez in the championship match.
Jayden Schroder was also second, with his only loss coming to North Bend's Zach Borer, one of the top 160-pound wrestlers in the state.
Jack Reeg was runner-up at 182 pounds, going 2-1.
Trenton Ashley (106) and Tucker Alexander (220) picked up bronze medals for the Titans.
Cross County/Osceola, which only competed in seven divisions, was eighth in the 10-team tournament with 67 points.
Kobe Brouillette (113), Christian Carranza (126) and Colton Nuttleman (3-1) picked up bronze medals for CC/O.
Shelby-Rising City was 10th with 25 points. Mason Schleis was the Huskies’ top wrestler, going 3-2 at 145 pounds to place fourth.
Lakeview couldn’t have asked for anything more out of the first tournament of the season. The Vikings crossed off their first goal for the season and they don’t plan on slowing down.
“We believe we have something special brewing here,” Bargen said. “We’re riding a lot of momentum from last year.”
Scotus hosts Elkhorn Mount Michael for a dual Monday while Lakeview hosts Twin River for a dual on Thursday.