Bucyrus heavyweights Gage Beltz and Dakota Hinkle won't have to wrestle off in practice this week to determine which one will represent the varsity team.
The decision was made for them Saturday at the Bucyrus wrestling invitational when both Redmen advanced to the heavyweight finals. Beltz, a senior, defeated Hinkle, a sophomore, in an 8-3 decision.
"Gage has wrestled well," Bucyrus coach Matt Makeever said. "He placed last week (at the Coke Classic) and went 2-0 at our duals, so I expected him to place. Dakota wrestles Gage off and wrestles him pretty close, so I know he can win some matches too. I didn't really expect them both to be going for first place, but I was happy they were there."
Both wrestlers agreed the finals match proved to be difficult, given the familiarity with one another on the mat.
"It's very difficult because we know each other's moves," Beltz said.
"You are just defending everything and there isn't much aggression to it," Hinkle added.
During practice the pair also wrestle against Nate Johns, 220.
"(The three of us) always practice together and we always push each other," Beltz said.
Defending champions Upper Sandusky won the 10-team tournament with 356 points, taking first in six weight classes. Mapleton finished runner-up for the second year in a row with 252 points and four of its wrestlers out with the flu.
"It feels good to win again," Rams coach Chris Rodriguez said. "This is only our second tournament of the year and we had a full team today. I think our kids wrestled hard."
The Redmen's Ollie Faulkner finished runner-up in the 138 pound weight class, Justin Campbell finished third at 170, Levi Spence took third at 195, Johns finished fourth at 220, Michael Hildebrand finished fifth at 126 and Chase Neeley placed sixth at 182.
"I was really happy with how some of my kids wrestled today," Makeever said. "I think that we've really taken a big step in the past week."
Mount Gilead placed third with 210 points, Lima Central Catholic was fourth with 196 points, Shelby finished fifth with 171 points. Bucyrus was sixth with 157 points, Hillsdale placed seventh with 126 points, Monroeville was eighth with 118 points, Kenton finished ninth with 104 points and Lakota was 10th with 92 points.