The Twin Valley South wrestlers hit the mats in their first tournament of the season last weekend at the Madison Mohawk Invitational. Sixteen teams made the trek to Madison, and the Panthers finished the weekend with a ninth place team finish with 138 points.
Coldwater took the top spot in the tournament with 247 points.
Leading the way for the Panthers was 170-lb. Shade Holsapple who came back from injury and took second place in his weight class. Holsapple pinned Badin’s Sergio Berrios in the second round in 1 minute, 23 seconds. He followed with a 20-14 decision over Madison’s Gunnar Dawson. Holsapple took a 10-7 decision in the semifinals over Badin’s Adam McCarrick to advance to the finals. Waynesville’s Tytus Collins handed Holsapple his only loss on the day with a 1:59 pin.
South had five other wrestlers hit the fourth place mark in their respective weight classes.
At 220 lbs., J.T. Robbins took fourth. He had two victories on the tournament. He pinned Mt. Healthy’s Jermain Bolton in the first round of pool competition in 3:31. He also won by technical fall over Waynesville’s Austin Wiseman, 21-6.
Caleb Smith took fourth in the 195-lb. class. He had two wins, both by pin. Smith took down Middletown Christian’s Jared French in 3:38 and followed with a 33-second pin of Badin’s Noah Curtner.
Earning another fourth-place finish was the 152-lb. Bobby Hansford. He took two wins in the tournaments. He earned a 9-7 decision over Badin’s Matt Sander and pinned Western Brown’s David Ellis in 1:05 in the fifth round.
Chase Sochacki, at 138 lbs., placed fourth at Madison. Sochacki started the tournament with three straight wins. He opened with a pin in 1:46 of Waynesville’s Eric Jones. He then pinned Tyler Delahanty of Holmes in 2:51. In the third round, he won a 10-8 decision over Badin’s Austin Webb.
The lightest of the Panthers, 106-lb. Caleb Worley also had a fourth place finish. Worley won three matches, all by pins. He started with a 1:38 pin of Waynesville’s Travis Foster. Round two took a bit longer, but he pinned Monroe’s Chris Blatz in 5:59. In the fifth round, Worley pinned Mt. Healthy’s Mamoudou Diallo in 36 seconds.
The Panthers hope to build on that success this Thursday with a tri-match at National Trail.