Thomas, Vandemark battle to a draw at all-star wrestling meet
Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:01 AM
By Larry Heiing
Wayne Trace’s Tyler Showalter takes on Wapakoneta’s Dallas Ambrose during the Lima Area Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star meet held at Delphos Jefferson High School. Fellow state qualifiers George Clemens of Wayne Trace and Van Wert’s Zack Thomas also competed. (Times Bulletin/Larry Heiing)
DELPHOS — The Lima Area Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Meet was held in front of a packed house at Delphos Jefferson High School on Wednesday night.
The match of the night was appropriately the last scoring match of the evening featuring Logan Vandemark of Spencerville and Van Wert’s Zack Thomas.
Also on the line was the team title as the winner of the match would give his squad enough team points to win the meet. Thomas defeated Vandemark two weeks ago at districts to qualify for the state tournament where he finished in 8th place.
In the rematch, Thomas took an early lead with two quick takedowns but Vandemark came back in the closing seconds with a takedown of his own to end the match in a 8-8 tie giving his blue team the team title with a 38-36 victory.
“The wrestlers were really into the exciting match-ups this year” commented Lima Central Catholic head coach and wrestling referee Paul Basinger. “Other years, the kids went through the motions and really didn’t want to be here, but this time was the complete opposite.”
Last year, no All-Star meet was held at the end of the year, so the Lima Area coaches knew they had to do something different.
“In the past, we matched-up Western Buckeye League Schools against Northwest Conference schools and had independent schools in the mix, too,” explained Delphos St. John’s coach Derek Sterling. “This year, we didn’t look at the leagues, but at our final LAWCA rankings, and made the teams up from there for something different.”
The first match of the meet featured a pair of state qualifiers as Hunter Lucas (4th at state) of Shawnee defeated 106 pound George Clemens from Wayne Trace 2-0.
Elida’s first state-placer since 1998, Blaine Hunter (8th) defeated Jay Uhlenhake of Coldwater 2-0 in the 113 pound match up.
Delphos Jefferson Head Coach Mike Wilson served as announcer for the meet, and kept the large crowd entertained with his jabs of the officials and others in attendance. Wilson’s wrestling team had Tanner Vermule, Hunter Binkley, Tyler Foust, and Dustin McConnahea selected to the team.
Delphos St. John’s selections included Justin Siefker, Austin Martin, Alex Haunhorst, and Nate Schroeder. Lincolnview and Van Wert both had one representative as Doug Hicks and Zack Thomas were selected. Cody Dickson, Cole Bellows, and Logan Vandemark were chosen from Spencerville High School and Alec Gladwell along with Will Selhorst of Columbus Grove.
Taylor Dietrick, Aaron Mock represented Paulding, while George Clemens, Dustin Taylor, Ruger Goeltzenleuchter and Tyler Showalter were chosen from Wayne Trace.