LAKEVIEW - Sophomore Chris Boyer won the 112-pound championship at the prestigious Tallman Tournament on Dec. 17 and two other Prospectors had shots at winning a gold medal in championship matches.
Boyer, in his first season with the Prospectors after transferring from Elmira, won his second tournament championship of the season pinning Rick Steel from Lakeview in the title match.
At 135 pounds, Logan Titus was holding a 13-2 lead before making a wrong move in the third period that resulted in a pin.
"He just made a little mistake and that was it," said coach Dave Naibert.
In the 145-pound match, Ian McLeod was matched against Ryan Ferry from Lakeview who finished third in last year's state tournament.
"Ian's match was really outstanding," said Naibert. "He was beating the kid half-way
through second period and then made a little mistake and the kid got up on him. Ian was trying to make an escape and fell into a pinning combination."
Gus Stiner won a 23-6 major decision to capture third place in the 160-pound weight class and Rustin McLeod pinned his opponent at 152-pounds to also finish in third place.
At 152-pounds, Aaron Humbird had a tough go pitted in the opening round against senior Ron Hansen from Lakeview who was the runner-up in last year's state tournament.
Aaron lost the match, but battled his way back through the consolation bracket to finish in fifth place.
Naibert said the Prospectors are still fighting several nagging little injuries as well as illness and took just six wrestlers to the tournament.
"Even with the small number, we had every one of our kids place," he said.