The 22nd Annual Langston Invitational Wrestling Tournament was held at Oberlin High School this past weekend.
All five members of the small Langston squad placed in the top four and the team finished third in the seven-team field.
The pool style format of the tournament had each wrestler competing against all the participants of their respective weight class.
Max Carrier, wrestling at 86 pounds, took third place honors with a 3-2 record for the day. His wins included a 7-3 and 5-2 decisions, and a 12-3 major decision. He now has an 8-5 record for the year.
Orion Douglas, 98 pounds, cruised through the first four rounds before losing to the eventual champion in the final round. His 3-1 record was good for a second place finish. His victories included three pins in 2:30, 47 seconds and 2:04. He has a 12-1 record on the season.
James Thomas, 142 pounds, also took runner-up honors and posted a 4-1 record with four very quick first period pins. He spent a total of 1:43 on the mats in his four matches with pins of 15 seconds, 38 seconds, 27 seconds, and 23 seconds. He improved his record to 13-2.
Riley Horning, competing at 160 pounds, was looking for his second tournament championship of the season, but came up short with a 12-6 loss in his final match. Trailing 12-2 and time running out, Horning reversed his Brooklyn opponent to his back. The referee slapped the mat for a pin but time had just expired. Horning finished the day with a 4-1 record with an 8-1 decision, and three pins in 2:30, 32 seconds and 36 seconds. His record now stands at 11-3.
Jeremiah Sutton, 245 pounds, was the last Phoenix who placed in the tournament. He just rejoined the team after missing the first half of the season with an injury. Although he did not win a match he was awarded third place since there were only three participants in this weight class.
The young Phoenix will travel to Fairview on Thursday, Jan. 21 to face the Warriors and the Longhorns of Lutheran West in a Patriot Athletic Conference double dual.
Courtesy photo Orion Douglas works for a reversal at the 22nd Annual Langston Invitational Wrestling Tournament.