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Laker grapplers dominate own tourney

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It was almost over as soon as it began.

Indian Lake’s wrestling team simply overwhelmed the competition Saturday at the 20th annual Laker Invitational.

The Lakers won their own tournament by winning six weight classes and finishing with 16 total placers. They led the nine-team field with 324 points.

There was a tie for second between Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller’s B squad and St. Marys Memorial with 222 points each, but Moeller earned the runner-up spot on criteria. Celina took fifth with 160 points and Northmont rounded out the top five with 141 points.

The Lakers piled up individual titles in the middleweights, winning the 132, 138, 145, 152, 160 and 170 pound weight classes.

Those six champions had a total of 25 matches on Saturday and earned pins in 14 of them. In total, those Lakers earned a major decision or better in 20 of 25 matches.

“It’s important to wrestle aggressively this time of the year, and for the most part our guys did that,” said Indian Lake head coach Scott Tressler. “I think we executed and displayed that from 132 pounds to 160 pounds. The strength of our team is in the middleweights and our guys did a great job showing that tonight.”

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake’s Calvin Davis holds down Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller’s Ryan Hankins during the 138-pound championship match Saturday at the Laker Invitational. Davis won the match by a 17-6 major decision and was one of six champions for the Lakers. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LaBATT)

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