Created on Saturday, 19 January 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
Versailles has one of the better Division III wrestling teams in Southwest Ohio, but Bellefontaine made the Tigers earn every win they got in a dual meet Friday night at BHS.
Bellefontaine’s Jacob Houchin breaks down Versailles’ Kyle Platfoot during their 145-pound match Friday at Bellefontaine High School. Houchin won the match 13-6. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)
The Tigers won nine matches, eight by pin, en route to a 48-24 victory over the Chieftains in their final regular-season dual meet.
Bellefontaine knew it was in for a challenge Friday as Versailles returned three state alternates, two district placers and one district qualifier from last season. The Tigers were Division III district runners-up last winter.
“I think we fought hard tonight,” said BHS head coach Rick Reed. “That is half the battle, but we still have a long way to go. We don’t want to use the excuse that just because Versailles has a tough team that the expectations would be anything less than winning. I really liked the approach we took in some of our matches.”
Picking up wins for Bellefontaine were Jacob Houchin (145), Nate Miller (170), Joe Rindfleisch (182), Jose Calderon (220) and Chantz Rose (285).
The biggest win came from Rindfleisch, who beat returning district qualifier Nic Francis by a 7-2 decision.
“Joe has had to back-to-back nights where he overwhelmed people,” said Reed. “We love his approach and we hope he keeps it going for the next few weeks.”
Devin Houchin pulled out a late five-point move to beat Kyle Platfoot 13-6, Miller pinned Kyle Gigandet in 1:11, Calderon pinned Travis Heistand in 22 seconds and Rose pinned Dominic Richard in 56 seconds.
“I thought Jacob gutted out a quality win,” said Reed. “Chantz, Nate and Jose were all dominant in their wins.”
Although he came up on the losing end, Chase Wilcoxon turned in a valiant effort at 132 pounds. He lost to returning state alternate Matt Mangen by a 7-2 score.
“That is where Chase has been headed lately,” said Reed. “He is getting closer to higher level competition. We think he is a district caliber kid and we are excited to see how he finishes the season.”
Bellefontaine competes in the Division II state dual tournament on Wednesday against Benjamin Logan at 6 p.m. at Graham High School.
VERSAILLES 48 BELLEFONTAINE 24
285: Rose (B) in Richards :56; 106: Henry (V) Dec. Carr 11-9; 113: Vogel (V) pin Ward 1:09; 120: C. Dieringer (V) pin Wright 3:45; 126: Slonkosky (V) pin Newman 1:33; 132: Mangen (V) Dec. Wilcoxon 7-2; 138: Subler (V) pin Brunke :54; 145: D. Houchin (B) Dec. Platfoot 13-6; 152: Christian (V) pin Pieper 1:45; 160: Cain (V) pin Bodey; 170: Miller (B) pin Gigandet 1:11; 182: Rindfleisch (B) Dec. Francis 7-2; 195: K. Dieringer (V) pin Skidmore 1:09; 220: Calderon (B) pin Heistand :22.