Aviators win third straight sectional championship

Michael Brandt wrestled at 145 pounds at the OHSAA Sectional Tournament at Centerville.

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CENTERVILLE —After being in fourth place after the first day of competition, the Butler wrestling team found itself in familiar territory after all had shaken out. The Aviators claimed their third straight sectional championship with 230.5 points.

Springboro was second with 223.5 and Fairmont third with 205 points.

More importantly, the Aviators advanced 11 wrestlers to the District tournament that will take place this Friday and Saturday at Fairmont High School.

Josh Suddeth, Kahli Brooks, Logan Hoskins, Matt Motter, and Jestin Love advanced by virtue of winning their weight class, Matt Verdes was second, Mason Motter was third, and D’Shawn McKinney, Michael Brandt, Joe Solomon, and Brendan McKenzie were fourth. The top for wrestlers in each weight class advances to District.

Wrestling will begin at 4 p.m. at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena. Friday’s evening session will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s morning session will begin at 10 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m.