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MILLERSBURG -- West Holmes crowned a trio of champions and the Knights placed 10 wrestlers overall en route to a third-place finish at the highly competitive 14-team West Holmes Invitational Varsity Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Millersburg.
The Triway Titans also sent three grapplers to the finals, but managed only one champion -- heavyweight Gavin Schlabach -- and wound up in fifth place.
The Carrollton Warriors took home top team honors with 294.50 points, followed by Indian Valley (237.5) and West Holmes (222.5).
Buckeye was fourth with 178.5 and the Titans filled out the top five with 114. Mansfield Senior was sixth (110.50), followed by Keystone (109.5), Indian Creek (103), Fairless (85), Maysville (83.5), Ontario (68), Clear Fork (55), Elyria Catholic (38) and Tucscarawas Central Catholic (25).
The Knights' mighty mites, 106-pound junior Thane Kaufman and 113-pound freshman Cael Woods, took home the top prizes in the lower weight classes, while senior Cody Woods made it 3 for 3 in the championship round with a pin of Buckeye's Jarrod Setliff in the 152-pound final.
"I was making all my shots and weathering the storm," Cody Woods said. "The kids are usually bigger than me and I try to last to the third period, keep them in front of me and do my thing."
Woods scored a 7-2 win and another pin, doing his thing on the way to the championship match.
Kaufman pinned Carrollton's Nathan Blake at 2:34 to capture his title. He also stuck Ellie Paterra of Indian Creek and Ty Spencer of Ontario on his way to the finals.
"I wanted to stay aggressive on my attacks," Kaufman said. "I wanted to stay on the offensive and stay aggressive the whole time."
Cael Woods, the freshman 113-pounder, scored a 6-4 victory over Brady O'Conner of Indian Valley in the finals. Woods posted a pair of pins and a 12-4 major decision to reach the championship round.
"I jut tired him out. I knew if I kept my head, I'd eventually win it," Cael Woods said. "I've been waiting all year to wrestle against him."
Woods added that it felt pretty good to be champion, his first tournament title this year.
West Holmes coach Jeff Woods was pleased with the overall performance of his troops.
"I thought we did pretty well," he said. "Going 3 for 3 in the finals, I'll take that. There was some pretty good competition in those finals matches. There's a lot of state-caliber kids here.
"We're pretty excited about having 10 kids place overall," the coach continued. "Of the 12 weights we wrestled in (two forfeits) we placed in 10. That's a pretty good day."
West Holmes got a trio of third-place finishes from Walker Uhl (126), Josh Baldridge (170) and Jake Mullet (195). Skyler Cline (160) finished fifth, as did Ty Masters (120). Cruz Alexander (145) and Colton Bowling (138) placed sixth.
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