Nassar MVW, Pirates 8th at LCC


Deandre Nassar in Finals Match by June Orr

Deandre Nassar in Finals Match by June Orr

(LIMA) – In any sport, it’s well known that it’s tough to beat an opponent three times.  Senior Deandre Nassar found himself in that spot in the 182 final of the LCC Invitational Saturday, squaring off against Ottawa-Glandorf’s Danny Rosales.  The first two matches had gone to overtime but Nassar put this one to bed early and took away an 8-2 victory.  The win kept Nassar’s undefeated season rolling and he was named Most Valuable Wrestler for the tournament, the third time this season he has garnered the top honor at a tourney.

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Nassar was the lone Pirate named champion but he was not the only Bluffton grappler that had a great weekend.  Bluffton finished 8th of 43 competing teams with placers Landen Luginbuhl (4th), Tayton Kleman (6th), Jeremy Sturgeon (6th) and Kaden Basil (7th). 

Nassar opened the tourney with a pin and advanced to the quarterfinals on a default. There he picked up a 19-4 tech fall victory and then a 15-6 major decision over #4 seed Craig Montgomery of Troy Christian.  Rosales advanced to the finals by upsetting #2 seed Tanner May of Carey. In the finals, Nassar picked up two points on a takedown late in the first period, ending a lengthy stalemate. Rosales got a point on escape to open the second but Deandre got another takedown to take a 4-1 advantage. Nassar caught Rosales shooting and threw him for another two point takedown and 6-1 lead.  Nassar muscled Rosales down for a third period takedown to push his point total out to 8.

Landen Luginbuhl was seeded 4th at 220 for the tournament. He advanced to the quarterfinals and fell to Blanchester’s James Peters. Landen responded with three straight pins and faced Peters in a rematch in the third place match.  Peters bested Luginbuhl for a 9-5 victory.

Tayton Kleman, seeded 5th at 106, won his way to the semifinals before falling to top seed Kellan Anderson of Covington.  Kleman dropped his first consolation match by an 8-7 count and then fell to LCC’s Gavin Caprella 4-2 in the fifth place match.

Jeremy Sturgeon entered the tourney seeded 5th at 120 and also advanced to the semifinals. Sturgeon was pinned by top seed Drake Carmean of Allen East.  Jeremy forfeited his fifth place match and finished sixth.

Kaden Basil fell in the quarterfinals but rebounded with a win by pin in the consolation bracket. Following a 12-4 defeat in his next match, Basil won the seventh place match by default.

Bluffton is now prepping for the OHSAA Team Duals held this upcoming weekend. 

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