PLYMOUTH — He is the top-ranked 285-pounder in Division III, but Crestview’s Caden Hill isn’t resting on his laurels.
Hill won his first sectional championship Saturday at Plymouth and did so in overwhelming fashion. The senior had three first-period pins and none of his matches lasted more than a minute.
Hill is 41-1 on the season and only four matches have gone the entire six minutes.
“It scares me a little bit, not going the distance a whole lot because you would like to get the look,” Hill said after pinning New London’s Josh Logan in 50 seconds in the finals. “For the more part, if you do what you’re supposed to do in practice, that will set you up for success.”
Hill was the only local champ at the Plymouth sectional. He is one of nine Crestview wrestlers to qualify for next week’s ultra-competitive Napoleon district meet.
Crestview finished second in the team standings with 214 points. Edison won the sectional title with 328 points.
“Our district is the toughest district in the state of Ohio in all divisions,” Crestview coach Steve Haverdill said. “There’s not a tougher district in the state of Ohio and we relish that because if you get out, you should be on the (state) podium.”
Three of Hill’s teammates, 113-pounder Hayden Kuhn, 126-pounder Brent Eicher and 138-pounder Kage Briggs, were runners-up Saturday. A sophomore, Briggs came in as the No. 7 seed.
“He wrestled out of his shoes, really,” Haverdill said. “It’s a great story. He’s one of those that, if he believes in his stuff, he can be pretty good. He just had a great weekend.”
Plymouth had six district qualifiers, including 220-pound sectional runner-up Dylan Van Fleet. Lucas had two district qualifiers. The fop four finishers in each weight class qualified for the district.
The district meet will begin Friday and conclude Saturday. Hill is looking forward to it.
“You want to go in and win, but most importantly you just want to place in the top four,” Hill said. “You get on to the state tournament, which is something I’ve never done before.”