The crowd filled less than half the stands at the inaugural Tournament of Champions. It replaces the once great Midwest Classic on the schedule for the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team.

The crowd filled less than half the stands at the inaugural Tournament of Champions. It replaces the once great Midwest Classic on the schedule for the Worthington Kilbourne High School wrestling team.

"It wasn't bad for a first-year tournament," Thomas coach Jeremiah Webber said. "There were a few hiccups along the way, but we finished up around 5 or so and you can't complain about that. It ran smooth and efficient. There were a couple breaks to keep the pacing so that was nice."

With 10 teams competing in the tournament, Webber and Kilbourne coach Ed Chism were pleased with the competition. However, not everything went as smoothly as they would have liked.

"One of the problems they had was constantly making adjustments for teams that didn't bring full rosters," Webber said. "I know we had a couple B teams as well. I'd like to see teams with fuller rosters there, and that would only help them as well."

There has been discussion about expanding the tournament to include more than 10 teams, but for now Chism is pleased with the size of the event. Keeping it to one day makes it easier to run and also allows Kilbourne to compete in one more single-day event.

"I think as our program grows, so will our tournament. As we continue to grow and get better and stronger, so will our tournament," Chism said. "I'm not opposed at some point to expanding the tournament, but at least for now during our program's infancy, we're going to keep it a one-day tournament."

The Wolves finished first (288 points), ahead of Dublin Jerome (187), Westland (177), Olentangy B (173.5), Thomas (158), Columbus West (124.5), Brookhaven (113), Westerville South (107), Pickerington Central (26) and Worthington Christian (8).

Nico Shaut (103), David Hutchinson (125), Andrew Taylor (130) and Ryan Bott (171) were individual champions for Kilbourne. Zach Badowi (112), Nick Varazashvili (119), Richie Cole (152), Tyler Blaine (160) and Jedidiah Bressman (215) were runners-up and Connor Wolfe (135) and Devin Heath (145) placed third.

"We had nine wrestlers competing for titles, and I think that speaks volumes about how hard these guys have worked," Chism said. "We had 12 kids (competing for places), so I was very pleased with our effort."

Thomas did not enjoy as good of a performance as Kilbourne. Alex Karageorge (heavyweight) was the only individual champion for Thomas. He pinned Westland's Jordan Finney in 3:51. Though they were the only two heavyweights, Karageorge was dominant and was on his way to a major decision before he picked up Finney and took him to the mat seconds before pinning him.

Mark Coleman (140) and Kevin Dean (171) were runners-up for the Cardinals.

"We wrestled poorly. I could make a ton of excuses, but the bottom line is we just didn't execute," Webber said. "We had a rough practice last Friday. I had to hold some guys accountable for some things, so that may have been a distraction for them going into the tournament, but that's neither here nor there.

"We simply didn't execute."

Kilbourne's Ryan Bott (top) battles Thomas' Kevin Dean in a 171-pound championship match last Saturday during the Tournament of Champions. Bott won 6-5.

The Wolves' Richie Cole (right) tries to roll Thomas' Ethan Shillington during their 152-pound match last Saturday. Cole was second in his division.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas wrestling teams:

KILBOURNE

Last Saturday -- Finished first (288 points) ahead of Dublin Jerome (187) and Westland (177) in Tournament of Champions

Tuesday and Wednesday -- At Sylvania Southview Classic

THOMAS

Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (158) behind champion Kilbourne at Tournament of Champions

Tuesday and Wednesday -- At Marion Harding Invitational