The second phase to the overall FAC team championship is the individual tournament in wrestling. The first phase is the league duals. McClain entered the FAC tournament on Saturday, February 9, with four points by going 4-1 in league duals. To pick up a point in the tournament, a team must place ahead of another team. McClain picked up two points in the tournament by placing ahead of two teams. McClain, Jackson, and Washington all finished the season with six points and all three tied for second place in the league behind the repeat champion Miami Trace. Miami Trace accumulated the maximum ten points by going 5-0 in duals, and winning the FAC tournament. Chillicothe and Hillsboro both tied for fifth by accumulating one point.
The Tigers were able to fill 11 of the 14 weight classes. All eleven were able to score team points and 10 were able to place.
Kade Rawlins (220) once again lead the way for the purple and gold by punching his ticket to the FAC winter sports banquet with a weight class championship. Kade went 2-0 on the day and improved to 31-1 on the season.
The Tigers had a total of 7 finalists with 6 leaving as runners up. Those six runners up were: Lucas Jansen (120), Dawson Jansen (132), Jacob Krafthefer (138), Quinton Smith (145), Tanner Tite (170), and Phil Waters (182). Dawson Jansen won his 20th match of the season. He is now 20-13 on the season. As a junior, he is also on path to reach the 100 career win total as he currently has 75 career wins.
Ethan Burns (113) went 1-1 on the day and came in 3rd place, while Kyler Trefz (195) and Kai Borrelli (285) both finished in 4th place.
Aidan Salyers (126) was able to pick up team points by going 1-2 in the double elimination tournament.
Up next for the Tigers is a tri match at Amanda-Clearcreek on Wednesday February 13. Also joining in will be Regional champion London.
The Hillsboro Indians had six wrestlers competing in the FAC Tournament on Saturday at Chillicothe High School and Lane Cluff led the way for the Indians as he claimed the title in the 285 pound weight class with two pin-fall victories.
Cluff advanced to the first place match after he beat McClain’s Kai Borrelli by fall at the 1:30 mark and claimed the FAC title in the finals when he beat Grant DeBruin by fall at the 3:02 mark of the match.
Tanner Warner was fourth in the 120 pound weight class and had one win with two loses in the tournament. Warner lost to Washington’s Collin George in the quarterfinals by pin-fall at the 1:30 mark in the match.
Warner won his second match against Miami Trace’s Devin Seymour by fall at the 5:47 mark of the match before losing to Collin George for a second time in the third place match.
Bryce Stanley competed at 132 pounds for the Indians and earned fourth place with a major decision win over Washington’s Jaedan Meriweather before falling in the semi-finals to McClain’s Dawson Jansen and in the third place match to Jackson’s Ty Jones.
Richard Adkins took home second place in the 160 pound weight class after he registered a decision win over Gabe Kisor of Jackson and lost to the Panthers’ James Munro in the first place match.
Garret Fannin was 0-2 on the day for the Indians with losses against Washington’s Collier Brown and David Tyndall of Miami Trace.
Information for this article was provided by McClain Tigers Head Coach Shane Paul.