Valley Sports Report
CLEVELAND — Athens grad Chris Horton, a junior on the RIT wrestling team, won his weight class here Sunday, while Tioga grad Austin Lamb, a freshman, finished third, and Athens grad Kaidon Winters, a junior, finished fifth at the Ohio Intercollegiate Open here at Case Western Reserve University.
Horton, at 133 pounds, Lamb, at 149 pounds, and Athens grad Nate Bradley, a sophomore, wrestled in the White Division, while Winters, a returning Division III All-American, stepped up to wrestle four Division I wrestlers in his five matches in the Gold Division.
Horton opened his day with a 10-3 decision over James Brennneman of Ohio Wesleyan, then forged a 13-3 major decision over Dominic Devine of John Carroll in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Horton face Davenport University’s Robbie Altland, who had advanced to the semifinals with identical 10-0 major decisions.
Horton scored a takedown late in the first period, but Altland worked an escape late in the period to trim the deficit to 2-1.
Horton registered an escape early in the second period, then managed another takedown. He led 5-2 heading into the third period after Altland scored a late escape.
Altland scored another escape early in the third period, but Horton defended against his takedown attempts for the final 1:46 to pull out a 5-3 win.
In the finals, Horton registered a takedown with 37 seconds left in the first period, but Buffalo’s Tom Maddox scored a takedown late in the first period, and another in the second period to make it 2-2.
Horton escaped from bottom early in the third period, then scored a takedown 22 seconds later, and rode out the final 1:11 to earn a riding point for a 6-2 win.
Lamb was dominant early in the day, scoring a pin of Ohio Wesleyan’s Maxwell Beard in 1:37, and a fall over Davenport’s Joey Orr in 4:19.
In the quarterfinals, Lamb met a familiar face in John Carroll’s Ian McKenna, who hails from New Hartford, N.Y. McKenna edged Lamb, 5-4, in the consolation semifinals at the New York State Division II wrestling championships in 2018.
Lamb scored a takedown midway through the first period, but only rode top for 22 seconds before McKenna managed an escape.
Lamb’s escape was the only point of the second period as he stretched his lead to 3-1.
McKenna registered an escape with 1:32 left in the bout, but Lamb sealed the deal with a takedown with 24 seconds left for the 5-2 win.
In the semifinals, Lamb dropped a 3-1 overtime decision to Buffalo’s Ty Raines.
In the third-place match, Lamb scored a first-period takedown and 2:14 of riding time against Ashland’s Ben Sherrill, then scored a reversal and a riding-time point in the second period to build a 5-0 lead.
Sherrill managed a takedown late in the third period, but Lamb earned another riding-time point for a 6-2 win.
At 165 pounds, Winters lost to eventual third-place finisher Riley Smucker of Cleveland State via a 4-2 decision in the opening round, then bounced back to win four straight matches to finish fifth.
Winters pinned Tiffin’s Derek Gross in 2:09 in his first wrestleback match then scored a 7-2 decision over Matt Ortiz of Indiana University.
Winters received a medical forfeit from Buffalo’s Noah Grover to advance to the consolation semi-finals, where he forged an 18-0 technical fall in 2:57 over Kamal Adewumi of Ohio University.
Winters scored a takedown with 2:12 remaining in the first period, then closed the match with four sets of four-point near-fall points in a 57-second span to end the match with 3 seconds remaining in the first period.
In the fifth-place match, after two scoreless periods Winters scored a reversal on Notre Dame’s Alonzo Turner, and was credited a riding-time point for a 3-0 win.
At 184 pounds, Bradley dropped a 7-0 decision to Buffalo’s Lars Schafle in the opening round.
In his first consolation bracket match, Bradley forged a 16-0 technical fall in 2:06 over Cleveland State University’s Jacob Adams.
Bradley scored a quick takedown and two near-fall point for a 4-0 lead just 25 seconds into the bout. Bradley then put together three sets of four-point, near-fall moves to close out the bout with 54 seconds remaining in the first period.
In the next round, Ohio University’s Abraham Spurlock scored an escape midway through the third period, and takedown with 21 seconds remaining to erase Bradley’s 6-4 lead, and earn a 7-6 win.
RIT returns to action next Friday and Saturday at the Roger Williams Invitational in Bristol, R.I.
IN PHOTO: Chris Horton.
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