1o0th win for Long



Staff report

BELLEFONTAINE — It was a milestone moment for Wyatt Long at the Ben Logan Invitational Saturday.

The Lehman senior 195-pound wrestler picked up his 100th career win on his way to a second-place finish.

“It was pretty special,” Long told the Piqua Daily Call.

It made him think back to this football season and the Riverside game.

“If you remember that game, I tipped a pass in the final minut) and we intercepted. That’s really the only thing I can compare it to. When I made that play, I knew we were going to win and that’s what this felt like.”

Lehman coach Cam Haller was happy to see it.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” the coach said. “Very few athletes get 100 wins in any sport in their high school careers. Wyatt has been a four-year varsity wrestler for us. That’s what you have to be to get 100 wins.”

After opening the tournament by winning a 1-0 thriller over Trey Pence of Graham, Long advanced to the finals with two pins.

He lost to Gabe Pickett of Middle Creek 5-2 in the championship match.

“If I was going to lose to somebody, I’m glad it was him,” Long said about the North Carolina state qualifier. “I am glad he made the trip here. It is definitely going to help me to wrestle a guy like that. It is always good to be humbled.”

Trailing 5-0 going to the final period, Long took him down and nearly turned him to tie the match.

“Wyatt was close to turning him, he just couldn’t quite get it,” Haller said. “That kid is a good wrestler.”

Lehman had two other placers Saturday.

Jace Chamberlain was second at 182 Ethan Knapke finished fifth at 152.