TROY — Mission accomplished.

Ada junior wrestler Chase Sumner had to win his way through four matches Saturday, and did so to clinch a return ticket to the state meet with a third-place finish in the 138 pound bracket at the Div. III district event this weekend in Troy.
Allen East has a pair of wrestlers advancing to state in Chase Caprella and Schuyler Caprella.

Sumner, now 38-3 this season after going 5-1 at districts, won his first round match at Hobart Arena Friday. But he lost in the quarterfinals of the double-elimination event later that day to make his road to Columbus more difficult.

After a quick first round pin over freshman Logan White (9-18) of Twin Valley South, Sumner faced a stiff test in round two vs. Kamron Paulus of Milton-Union, a senior boasting a 39-2 record.

In the quarterfinals Paulus beat Sumner in a close decision, 5-3. Relegated to the consolation bracket, Sumner could finish no higher than third.

Thus Sumner had to capture three must-win bouts Saturday to reach the third-place match and qualify for a return to the state meet.

Sumner first pinned junior Matt Hall (40-8) of Bethel-Tate at 55 seconds in the second consolation round Saturday morning.

Sumner advanced to the consolation quarterfinals against Clayton Schirmer (39-8), where he again recorded a quick pin win in 40 seconds.

In the consolation semis, Sumner needed a victory to ensure a top four finish and a spot in the state meet. Meeting conference foe Wyatt Place of Delphos Jefferson for the fifth time this season, Sumner captured a 9-2 decision to reach the consolation finals.

In the third-place match vs. Zane Strubler (44-8) of Miami East, Sumner recorded an 8-2 decision triumph. Paulus eventually finished second in the district final, losing 3-2 to champion Jared Ford of Troy Christian.

Only the top four finishers in a weight bracket qualify to go to Columbus.

State competition runs Thursday, March 9 through March 11 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Sumner qualies as a third seed and will face a two seed yet to be determined in his first match. The event is double elimination.

Sumner earned all-state honors last year in the 132 pound weight class.
Chase Caprella, a freshman, finished fourth at 106 pounds as he lost the third place match to Wyatt Riddle of Legacy Christian 6-4. Caprella pinned Deer Park's Ian Goodpaster in the opening round (1:44) before falling to Troy Christian's Ethan Turner in the second round 6-1.
Caprella then defeated Preble Shawnee's Rylan Roberts 15-0 and pinned Ridgedale's Dakoda Jenkins in 1:40. He advanced to the third place match by default over Wayne Trace's Tyler Bauer.
Schuyler Caprella, a senior, finished fourth at 138 pounds as he fell in the third place match to Miami East's Alex Isbrandt 7-3.
In his first consolation match, Caprella beat Ridgedale's Josh Patterson by a pin in 2:26 before pinning Dallas Scott of Centerburg in 1:27 to reach the consolatuion semi-finals. In the consolation semi-finals, Caprella defeated Patrick Henry's Max Neiling 7-2 to advance to the third place match and ock up a ticket to state.

Sumner district results:
1st round: Sumner pin Logan White (Twin Valley So.) :46
Quarterfinals: Kamron Paulus (Milton-Union) dec. Sumner 5-3    
Consolation second round: Sumner pin Matt Hall (Bethel-Tate) :55
Consolation quarterfinals: Sumner pins Clayton Schirmer (Blanchester) :40
Consolation semis: Sumner dec. Wyatt Place (D. Jefferson) 9-2
Third-place match: Sumner dec. Zane Strubler (Miami East) 8-2


Bulldog junior Adam Bailey wrestled in the 285 lb. division at Troy as a fourth seed. Undefeated senior Cameron Coffman (42-0) of Dixie pinned Bailey in his first round match Friday.

In the first consolation round against Robert Gross (8-14) of Fairbanks, Bailey pinned his foe to stay alive in the meet and advance to the second day of competition.

But Joey Groeber (16-13) of Clermont Northeastern then decisioned Bailey 5-0 in the second consolation round Saturday morning to end his season with a 16-17 record.

Bailey district results:
1st round: Cameron Coffman (Dixie) pin Bailey 0:23
1st consolation: Adam Bailey pin Robert Gross (Fairbanks) 3:12
2nd round consolation: Joey Groeber (Clermont NE) dec. Bailey 5-0


Ada freshman Damien Cameron, a first alternate qualifier to the Troy district meet, lost his first two matches Friday in the 113 lb. class to be knocked out of the double-elimination event. He finished the season 19-13.

Cameron results:
1st round: Camron Neal (Preble Shawnee) pin Damien Cameron    0:41
1st consolation: Devin Miller (Brookville) tech. fall Cameron 16-0