FAIRFIELD — On Friday and Saturday the Aviators wrestling team traveled to Fairfield for the Ron Masanek Wrestling Invitational. This two day event was a large challenge for the Aviators, one that they hoped would prepare them for postseason competition. With similar competition to follow at the GWOC tournament, the Aviators will be more prepared and up to the challenge.
The Aviators had a good showing over the weekend, finishing in ninth place out of eighteen teams. Butler scored 97.5 points in the tournament. Fairfield defended home turf and won the invitational, scoring 192.5 points. Other notable GWOC teams include Lebanon with 146.5 points, Springfield with 119.0 points as well as Miamisburg who scored 102.5 points. Coach Mark Peck feels this tournament was,
“This was one of our better showings,” said Butler coach Mark Peck. “The team hasn’t peaked yet, and that should be an advantage come February.”
The Aviators had six placers over the weekend. Junior David Jobe finished fifth in the 106 pound division. One of four freshman to wrestle, Josh Suddeth, took fourth in the 113 pound weight class. Bailey Suddeth, another freshman, placed third in the 120 pound division. Nick Coyle placed fourth in the 145 pound weight class. Two seniors also led the way for Butler, with Dustin Stevenson taking fifth in the 160 pound weight class and Walker James placing fourth at 170 pounds.
Coach Mark Peck is very impressed with the young talent the Aviators have as well as their performance this past weekend.
“All of our freshmen have great talent, and are gaining experience and finding form at the right time,” he said.
The Aviators main goal for any season is to win the GWOC North Division. The Fairfield invitational brought the Aviators one step closer to achieving this goal.
Coach Peck also felt this tournament was, “A great learning experience for all of our players.”
Despite being very impressed at how the team wrestled, it was evident coach still saw room for improvement and the need for the continued leadership by upperclassmen.
The goal the Aviators had for the Ron Masanek Invitational was to have every wrestler contribute points to the team total. Additionally, being a multiple day tournament, the Aviators hoped that every wrestler would qualify for the second day of wrestling. Butler achieved this goal, and had multiple players still in the winner’s bracket for Saturday’s competition.
Overall the Aviators had a good showing this past weekend, and will use this experience to prepare them for postseason play, which is fast approaching and only four weeks away.
The Aviators will be back in action on Wednesday when Butler hosts a JV pool play. The freshman wrestlers will be participating in the Freshman Buckeye classic at Centerville on Friday and Saturday. The Varsity team travels to the Sycamore Classic on Saturday in Cincinnati.