KETTERING — The Butler wrestling team won championships in two weight classes and placed nine wrestlers in the top six of their class at the Fairmont Firebird Wrestling Classic on Saturday.
David Jobe won the 106-pound weight class with a pin of Wade Monebrake of Eaton at 2:58 while Dustin Stevenson defeated Ben Smith of Fairmont 3-1 to claim the 160-pound weight class.
Josh Suddeth placed second at 113 pounds, Bailey Suddeth was third at 120 pounds, and Ethan Cyrette also placed third at 160 pounds.
Other placers were Nick Coyle (5th), Walker James (5th) Dylan Sagers (5th), and Trevor Kovacs (6th).
Butler head coach Mark Peck was encouraged by what he saw from his young Aviators.
“This is a really good group of kids,” said Peck. “We knew we were young and would have some growing pains, but I remind the young guys that most of their opponents, who are juniors and seniors, have peaked. We have a lot of up-side now and are getting better every day.”
The Aviators will travel to North Canton Hoover this weekend for what is widely regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in the state each season. While Peck is expecting a good performance, he said everything they do now is aimed at two events – the state duals tournament and the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament.
“This is the pre-season,” he said. “We don’t even have our entire team in the right weight yet. But I’m really pleased with this group of kids. They are working hard and have good attitudes.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.