Clippers grind for wins on the mat

Landon Blanton wins 120-bracket at Seneca Irish Invitational, Clippers finish seventh out of 17 teams

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On Tuesday, Nov. 28 the grappling Clippers traveled to Durand for a triangular against Rock Falls and Durand-Pecatonica.

Amboy defeated Durand-Pecatonica via criteria (the sixth criteria, which is the team with the most forfeits) after the match ended 30-30 but lost to Rock Falls 42-27.

Earning points for the Clippers were freshman Caiden Heath who pinned Mark Nevdal in 5:30 at 138-pounds, and forfeit victories from freshman Ty Florschuetz (106), junior Tyler Huggins (132), and senior Lucas Blanton (175).

In the loss to Rock Falls, 120-pound sophomore Landon Blanton earned a pinfall over Josiah Tarbill in 2:30, at 138-pounds Heath earned a 4-2 decision over Logan Williamson, Lucas Blanton (175) pinned Broxyn Surratt in 40 seconds, Evan Flanagan pinned Jahkei Jones in 5:20 at 285 points, and Landon Roath tallied forfeit points at 215.

Amboy traveled to Granville on Wednesday, Nov. 29 for a triangular against Newman and Putnam County.

The Clippers went 1-1 with a 26-27 victory over the Panthers and a 54-21 loss to the Comets.

In the victory over PC, Florschuetz pinned Annamae Smith in 18 seconds at 113 pounds, Landon Blanton recorded a pinfall victory in 45 seconds over Logan Ziel at 120, Heath pinned 138-pound Shane Scribner in 1:10, and Lucas Blanton moved up to 190 for a pin in 1:47 over Bailey Herr.

Earning forfeit vicoties were Chase Huggins (126) and Tyler Huggins (132).

In the loss to the Comets, the Clippers earned victories at 126 as Landon Blanton won via a 5-1 decision over Zhyler Hansen, at 175 with Lucas Blanton pinning Matthew Blackert in 5:10, and at 285 with an Evan Flanagan pin in 1:00 over Cooper Spears. Chase Huggins won via forfeit at 120.

Landon Blanton kept winning his No. 1 priority as he won the 120-pound bracket on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Seneca Irish Invitational.

The sophomore paved the way to the top of the podium with a quarterfinal win over Ottawa’s James Laitla (fall 2:58), an 8-1 decision over Seneca’s Ethan Othon in the semifinals, and a championship match fall in 5:35 over Blake Hemp of Clifton Central.

The Clippers finished seventh out of the 17 teams in the Seneca Invitational.

Florschuetz took fifth at 106 pounds, Jose Lopez was fifth at 138, Heath placed fifth at 144, and Lucas Blanton recorded a fifth-place finish at 175.