COLUMBUS — Three individual champions and a total of 10 top-three performances propelled the Scotus Central Catholic wrestling team to a second-place finish Friday at the Lakeview Invite.
The Shamrocks' 192 points trailed only North Bend, which won five weight classes and finished with 199.5 points. Lakeview, which had one individual champion in Gage Perry, was third with 138 points.
Wyatt Gutzmer (220 pounds), Layton Mullinix (152) and Nick Taylor (106) all went undefeated to capture individual titles for Scotus. They combined for nine pins in the 11 victories, with Taylor winning all four of his matches by fall.
Although many of his wrestlers aren’t down to their correct weights, Scotus head coach Tracy Dodson thought his team performed well during its first event of the season.
“A lot of younger guys stepped up in our lower weights and I thought Matt Hoenk did outstanding for his first time wrestling," Dodson said. "He won a match and he had never wrestled a match in his life heading into this tournament. We gave him the second-place team trophy. He deserved it, he has been working hard and I think he’ll improve a lot as the season goes on.”
Three other Shamrocks — Colby Gilson at 120 pounds, Dillon Muchmore at 160 and Wren Allen at 182 — made the finals before losing their first match and settling for runner-up honors.
Scotus' third-place finishers were Daniel Tworek (106 pounds), Jacob Weyers (113), Brock Clarke (120) and Jeffery Wheelock (132).
Lakeview head coach Jeff Bargen said his team was shooting for a top-two finish at its home invite, but he isn't going to complain too much about coming in third.
"Overall, it wasn't a bad first outing," he said. "The first outing can be telling of what you need to work on, and that was definitely the case."
Perry led the Vikings by going 3-0 to take first place at 126 pounds. He defeated teammate Joel Lemburg by a 14-6 major decision in the championship match.
"I was really proud of those two," Bargen said. "We're hoping now that we can get both those guys in the lineup."
Boston Barcel (138 pounds) and Drew Schaad (145) added third-place finished for the Vikings.
Schaad trailed North Bend's Brandon Wardman in the third-place match before picking up the pin in 4 minutes, 25 seconds.
"He really wrestled well in his third-place match, came from behind and really showed some mental toughness," Bargen said.
"Some of our younger guys could really learn from him a little bit," the Lakeview coach added.
Cross County/Osceola, which claimed two individual titles, finished seventh in the team standings, followed by Twin River and Shelby-Rising City.
Alex Dubas went 4-0 for Cross County/Osceola at 145 pounds and Hunter Miller won the heavyweight championship with three straight pins. Miller defeated his opponents in a combined 2 minutes, 32 seconds.
Trae Meysenburg was third at 170 pounds and 126-pounder Cristian Carranza took fourth.
Sergey Parry led Twin River with his second-place finish at 170 pounds. He went 3-1 at the invite, losing the championship match 7-0 to North Bend's Dalton Mueller.
Jayden Schroder (160 pounds) and Jack Reeg (182) added third-place finishes for the Titans, and Isaac Booth (106) and Nathan Held (113) were fourth.
Clayton Watts was the top wrestler for Shelby-Rising City, taking fourth in the heavyweight division. Jake Hoatson finished fifth at 160 pounds, and Grant Lindsley (145 pounds) and Matthew Johnson (220) were sixth.
Lakeview is scheduled to wrestle Thursday at Twin River and Scotus travels to Mount Michael Benedictine for a dual on Monday.
Cross County/Osceola hosts the Osceola Invite on Dec. 10 and Shelby-Rising City is at the North Bend Invite that day.
Friday at Lakeview High School
Team standings: 1. North Bend 199.5; 2. Scotus 192; 3. Lakeview 138; 4. Gibbon 124; 5. East Butler 116; 6. Wayne 89; 7. Cross County/Osceola 77.5; 8. Twin River 54; 9. Shelby-Rising City 39; 10. Fullerton 20.
106: 1. Nick Taylor, Scotus; 2. Breckin Ratkovec, East Butler; 3. Daniel Tworek, Scotus; 4. Isaac Booth, Twin River; 5. Kyle Kemper, Twin River.
113: 1. Mason Witt, North Bend; 2. Wade Wright, East Butler; 3. Jacob Weyers, Scotus; 4. Nathan Held, Twin River; 5. Collin Dreher, Scotus.
120: 1. Cameron Muhs, Wayne; 2. Colby Gilson, Scotus; 3. Brock Clarke, Scotus; 4. Jonatan Lopez, Lakeview.
126: 1. Gage Perry, Lakeview; 2. Joel Lemburg, Lakeview; 3. Chase Smith, Gibbon; 4. Cristian Carranza, Cross County/Osceola; 5. Daniel Escandon, Gibbon.
132: 1. Jacob Ray, North Bend; 2. Lane Brown, Gibbon; 3. Jeffery Wheelock, Scotus; 4. Juan Vergara, Wayne; 5. Alex Ernst, Lakeview.
138: 1. Ryley Spatz, East Butler; 2. Joshua Strauss, North Bend; 3. Boston Barcel, Lakeview; 4. Jackson Neville, Scotus; 5. Dallas Raitt, Lakeview.
145: 1. Alex Dubas, Cross County/Osceola; 2. Dalton Bohac, East Butler; 3. Drew Schaad, Lakeview; 4. Brandon Wardman, North Bend; 5. River Liebig, Scotus.
152: 1. Layton Mullinix, Scotus; 2. Jacob Tracy, Gibbon; 3. Schadrick Westerman, North Bend; 4. Zeth Gerkensmeyer, Lakeview; 5. Colten Ratkovec, East Butler.
160: 1. Zach Borer, North Bend; 2. Dillon Muchmore, Scotus; 3. Jayden Schroder, Twin River; 4. Jacob Frenzen, Lakeview; 5. Jake Hoatson, Shelby-Rising City.
170: 1. Dalton Mueller, North Bend; 2. Sergey Parry, Twin River; 3. Trae Meysenburg, Cross County/Osceola; 4. Isaiah Muhs, Wayne; 5. Chase Newman, Scotus.
182: 1. Brock Ray, North Bend; 2. Wren Allen, Scotus; 3. Jack Reeg, Twin River; 4. Jaison Andrist, Gibbon; 5. Preston Rice, Twin River.
195: 1. Wyatt Kee, Gibbon; 2. Brandon Rezac, East Butler; 3. Jordan Booze, North Bend; 4. CJ Pickrel, Fullerton; 5. Tucker Alexander, Twin River.
220: 1. Wyatt Gutzmer, Scotus; 2. Collin Smyth, Gibbon; 3. Mikey Reyes, Wayne; 4. Aaron Jasper, Lakeview; 5. Corden Novotny, East Butler.
285: 1. Hunter Miller, Cross County/Osceola; 2. Jose Murillo, Gibbon; 3. Hunter Jorgensen, Wayne; 4. Clayton Watts, Shelby-Rising City; 5. Shane Hansen, North Bend.