SOLON– Solon’s wrestlers crowned one champion but sent five others to the finals Saturday as the Spartans placed second at their own 10-team invitational.
Lance Evans at 220 pounds won by fall in 3:07 of his title match to become Solon’s lone individual champion.
The Spartans finished second to Lisbon, ending the Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational with 177, tied with Washington and only five points out of the top spot.
Louis Gnida (120 pounds), Graeson Dall (145), Trevor Nelson (152), Nick Bailey (170) and Danny Whitmore (182) also reached the finals of their individual weight classes. Each placed second.
“I was very happy for Dall and Bailey for making their first finals,” McLaren said. “Both of them really wanted to be the champ but they learned from their match. I’m looking for good things from those two the rest of the season.”
Evans and Nelson continued to rack up wins for Solon, although Nelson forfeited his championship match due to injury.
“Lance basically walked through the day easily, pinning his semifinal opponent and then pinning his finals opponent in just 3:07,” McLaren observed. “Trevor Nelson continued to dominate his freshman year, pinning all his opponents on his way to his finals.”
Gnida faced a tough bracket, avenging an earlier loss in the semifinals in overtime, and then facing No. 1 Fletcher Green of Washington in the finals.
“Louis moved his feet, was active taking shots and even scoring a takedown but eventually lost to Green,” McLaren said.
Kade Streuhm (132) and Logan Linderbaum (285) both placed third for Solon, while Max Turkal (195) took fourth and Josh Bender (160) took fifth. McLaren said it was a big tournament for senior Bender.
“As a senior wrestling for his final time in front of the home crowd, Josh pinned two of his opponents,” McLaren noted. “I was so happy for Josh to pick up those wins; it is huge for his confidence and to springboard him forward to success the rest of the season.”
Bailey Redlinger (113) and Cole Fritz (138) finished up the Spartan scoring with sixth-place finishes.
“I was proud of the team’s attitude, how they wrestled and improved throughout the day,” said head coach Brooks McLaren. “One of the things that you look for as a coach is a kid learning from his previous matches? I really think our kids did that well this week.”