XENIA — If Thursday night’s high school wrestling tri-match with Middletown and Logan Elm is any indication, the Xenia Buccaneers can hold their own with anybody.
Or maybe it was that the three teams were pretty evenly matched.
Fifteen minutes after Logan Elm had defeated Middletown by a 51-24 team score, Xenia defeated Logan Elm by a 42-30 score. And in the late evening match between the Middies and Buccaneers, it was Middletown that had the edge in the early going. The Middies claimed wins in five of the early weight classes while Xenia had wins in two.
Xenia’s second dual match of the evening still had seven matches yet to contest as of presstime.
At 106 pounds, Xenia’s Kanden Pitman won his match against Middletown by an 11-4 decision, and 126-pounder Korissa Vanover had claimed a forfeit win.
Earlier in the evening, Pitman won over Logan Elm’s Blake Holzschuh with a 9-5 decision to go 2-0 on the night.
Tyler Bemrose won both of his matches Thursday night by pin at the 126-pound weight class, and at 132 pounds, Desmond Diggs won perhaps the closest battle of the night — a 1-point overtime win over Logan Elm’s Isaac Bennett.
Other members of the Xenia wrestling squad are: Madix O’Bryant (126 pounds); James Claypool (138); Clayton Davis (145); Stephan Shampton (170); Jayshaun Pullen (182); Jacob Stickle (220); Gabe Wilson (220) and Peyton Bartley (285).
The Buccaneers are coached by Sean Schooley.
According to the Greater Western Ohio Conference website, Xenia’s next scheduled match takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, a non-league dual match with Waynesville.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.