Lawton five, Lawrence two, advance

Matthew Day •
Lawton’s Dylan Amm, right, turns his Schoolcraft opponent upside down during the Championship match at Districts. Amm won the match, earning a trip to Regionals.   Hot Shotz PhotographyLawrence's Brandon Wagner beats the Decatur 285 lb.opponent to make it out of the blood round and qualify for the finals earning him an invitation to Regionals.   Hot Shotz Photography

   LAWTON - The Lawton wrestling team hosted the Individual District competition, and five Blue Devils earned a golden ticket to the Regional competition.
   Coach Tory Johnson was ecstatic. He said he was surprised to have five qualify. “I had some perform better than I expected.”    
   Johnson noted a couple others had made it to the “blood round” where the winner goes on to Regionals and the loser has to stew about it for a year. “This will be great motivation for them. When I get them next year they will be right here at this level,” he said.
   Lawton’s Regional qualifiers each showed great determination in their winning matches. Senior Dylan Amm came into the competition as the top seed in the 119 lb. class with a 46-2 record and took control of his Schoolcraft opponent from the first whistle, picking what he wanted to do and when he wanted to do it.  At the end of the third period, he had taken the victory with a score of 11-2.
   Nick Baldwin faced the top seed from Decatur at 125 lbs. The two wrestlers were very evenly matched with neither able to make big points on the other.  Baldwin eventually picked up the last takedown for two points, a 7-5 victory and the District championship.
   In the 135 lb. match Blue Devil top seed Landyn VanWyk, with a record of 42-8, quickly took control over the Schoolcraft wrestler. He rolled the Eagle wrestler over into a pinning position in the first round, but was unsuccessful against his determined opponent.  However, at the 1:44 minute mark of the second period, with the Schoolcraft wrestler in the defensive position,  VanWyk pinned the Eagle.
   Next up, 145 lb. Seth Miller stepped onto the mat to battle for third or fourth place against an Eau Claire wrestler, who turned out to be too much for Miller. But his fourth place finish still bought him a trip to Regionals.
   Lawton’s 152-pound second seed Andrew O’Donnell faced the same Schoolcraft foe who had bested him last Wednesday in Team District action, and  O’Donnell had his hands full in the first period and was eventually pinned at the :53 second mark of the second period.
   The Blue Devils walked away with three District championships, one second place and a fourth place.
   Also in the District competition at Lawton were the Lawrence Tigers, who made their presence known all day long with the team putting in some tremendous performances. 
   At the 145 lbs., second seed Chris Schuman up against the top seed from White Pigeon, who  was not to be denied his District championship. Schuman was pinned at the end of the first period.
   Brandon Wagner performed well against the 285-pound neighbor from Hartford. The pair was evenly matched, and the bout came down to a matter of takedowns.  In the end, Wagner fell short, 9-7. 
   Other Tigers made it to the blood round, but were unable to advance beyond there this year.


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