The postseason for high school wrestling got underway Saturday with sectional action, and both Sidney and Lehman had individual champions who now advance on to their respective district meets.
For Sidney in Division 1, it was Javon Purk emerging as the champion of the 220-pound weight class with an impressive performance that included three straight pins in action at Centerville.
The No. 1 seed, Purk had a bye, then pinned Dock Lainhart of Miamisburg in just 1:04 to reach the semifinals.
There, he pinned Bryan Heyward of Northmont in just 1:45.
That win put him in the championship, and he didn’t take long to walk off with the title, pinning Bradley Smith of Beavercreek in 2:46.
He advances with a 21-2 record to the district meet Friday and Saturday in Kettering, where the top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the state meet.
Sidney had four other wrestlers place sixth in the meet and just miss out on qualifying for the district.
They included Caleb Schroer at 113, Kyler Pleasent at 132, Allen Tangeman at 138 and Jordan Marvin at 182.
Schroer won his first match 4-2 over the No. 4 seed from Tecumseh, then won 6-4 in the second round before losing on a pin. He lost 6-3 in the match for fifth and sixth.
Pleasent had a bye and lost his first match, but he came back with a pin. He eventually lost a tough 8-6 overtime decision in the match for fifth and sixth.
Tangeman lost his first match after a bye, then pinned a Fairborn wrestler in 2:35. He followed that with an 8-3 decision but lost in the consolation semifinals, 9-4. He then lost 7-3 in the match for fifth and sixth.
And at 182, Marvin lost his first match on a decision, but bounced back with a pin in 2:07 and a 10-2 major decision in his next two bouts. After losing in the consolation semis, he lost 3-1 in the match for fifth and sixth.
The D-3 Sectional was held at Lehman Friday and Saturday, and Cavalier Wyatt Long captured the championship at 195 pounds.
Long, the No. 3 seed who recently recorded the 100th victory of his career, started out with a bye, then pinned Hunter Ross of West Milton in 2:53.
He then shut out second-seeded Tyler Gray in the semifinals, 5-0, to reach the championship against top-seeded Jacob Rismiller of Versailles. It was quite the battle, but Long came away with a 3-2 victory.
He was Lehman’s only placer and is now 39-6 this season.
Versailles, meanwhile, finished second in the final team standings with 81.5, behind Mechanicsburg with 93.
In addition to Rismiller at 195 placing second, the Tigers had seven other wrestlers earn spots in the district meet.
The list was led Jerome Bey, who won the 182-pound title with a 2-1 overtime decision over Damon Beatty of Troy Christian in the finals.
At 106, Cael Bey of Versailles was second and is now 31-10 on the year, and at 120 Jacob Poling finished fourth and raised his record to 24-11.
At 145, Tanner Bey is 40-7 now after placing second, and at 170, Jonathan Moorman was second and is now 32-10. And at 285, Jeffrey Ware was fourth and is now 20-13.
The D-3 District will be held at Hobart Arena in Troy Friday and Saturday. The top four in each weight class will advance to the district.