If it’s true that “There’s strength in numbers,” then the Reynolds Raiders should be in good shape at the Northwest Regional Wrestling Championships.
Coach Casey Taylor’s Raiders advanced 13 of 14 wrestlers through the District 10 Class AA Championships Saturday at Sharon High and won the team title with 222 points. Finishing second was Greenville (158), and the Trojans are advancing 10.
The Raiders posted 3 champions, led by 2-time winners Michael Bartolo (126) and Levi Stoyer (145).
Saegertown’s Tyler Vath (132) notched his 3rd straight crown, while adding a 2nd title were Vath’s teammate Dylan Reynolds (182) and Fort LeBoeuf’s George McGuire (138).
First-time champions were: Gage Bayless (106), Reynolds; Faris Messai (113), Jamestown; Jarrette Carter (120) and Garrett Reinwald (195), Fort LeBoeuf; Robert Boozer (152), Cochranton; Gage Gladysz (160), Greenville; Dakota Geer (170), Franklin; Colton Smith (220), Mercer; and Sam Breese (285), Lakeview.
The top 6 in each weight advance to the regional tournament this coming weekend at Sharon.
“We got 13 through and 3 champs and overall the team wrestled solid,” said Taylor. “The guys on this team push each other and try to outdo one another.
“I’m proud of the kids and the 20th title for the program. We try not to emphasize that and if the kids do well as individuals it will take care of itself,” Taylor added.
Following is a look at the tourney finals by weight class:
106 – It was a battle of two talented freshmen in the opening match of the night. Bayless grabbed an early takedown on Greenville’s Michael Lineman and tacked on 2 more later en route to a 6-3 decision. The Raider (36-4) won an early meeting with Lineman (36-5), 6-2.
Other Mercer Countians who qualified for regions are: 3rd, Hickory’s Dominic Vadala; 4th, Jamestown’s Hunter Goodlin.
113 – Section 3 champ Messai battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to send the match with Mercer’s Preston Hoover (24-9) into overtime. Messai scored a takedown in the sudden-victory period to notch a 5-3 win. Messai (27-4) pinned Section 2 winner Seth Hogue of Reynolds in the semis.
Hogue came back to take 2rd with a 3-0 decision over Greenville’s Jase Paxson. Hickory’s Justin Walter advances in 5th place.
120 – The finals were a rematch of the Section 1 title tilt between Carter (27-8) and Saegertown’s Bingbong Elizon (24-12) and again Carter came out on top, this time by a 3-1 margin.
Reynolds’ Chaise Hauck moved on in 5th place.
126 – It was a rematch of the Section 2 finals here, with defending D-10 champ Bartolo facing Sharon’s Austin Alfreno. Bartolo (31-8), who won last week by decision, jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back on his way to pinning Alfreno (24-8) in 3:34.
In the semis, Bartolo edged Fort LeBoeuf’s Tyler Kuzma 4-3 in overtime. Kuzma beat Commodore Perry freshman standout John Mott for 3rd. Greenville’s Brandon Moss took 6th.
132 – Vath (31-6) won his 3rd straight D-10 crown with a 3-0 decision over Kyle Lukowich (28-6) of Conneaut Area. Grove City’s Luke Walter finished 3rd, while Greenville’s Blake Reynolds defeated Reynolds’ Joel Leise, 2-0, for 5th and 6th. Leise beat Reynolds on Friday, 3-2.
138 – This marked the 3rd and final weight without a Mercer County finalist. Fort LeBoeuf’s George McGuire (35-4) won his second D-10 title (the other in 2012) with a last-second takedown to defeat Nick Monico of Saegertown, 4-3.
Greenville freshman Gavin Wilkerson topped defending district champ Adam Fish of Seneca, 4-2, for third place. Reynolds’ Alex DiGregorio finished 6th.
145 – Defending champ Stoyer gave up an early takedown to Conneaut Area’s Taylor Ellis (28-5), but roared back to lead 6-2 after the 1st period. Stoyer (27-3), a returning state place-winner, went on to take a 13-4 major decision for his 2nd crown.
Grove City’s Jared Sample beat Greenville’s Derek Watt, 6-2, for 5th and 6th places.
152 – Seniors Mason McCollum of Reynolds and Boozer went at each other hard from the start, although there was no 1st-period score. Boozer escaped in the 2nd frame for a 1-0 lead. In the third period, he turned McCollum for a pair of back points and a 3-0 lead. McCollum escaped, but Boozer’s takedown gave him a 5-1 front. Boozer (33-4) made it stand up for an 8-4 triumph.
160 – Gladysz took on Harbor Creek senior Matt Newara here, and Gladysz grabbed a takedown with an Oklahoma to lead 2-1 after one. He dominated the 2nd period for a 10-2 front and nearly had a pin when the period ended. Gladysz (38-2) went on to a 14-4 major decision.
“He did a phenomenal job,” said a happy Greenville coach John Reynolds. “He’s a very coachable kid with a very bright future. To win a district championship as a sophomore is special.
“And we’re taking 10 kids to regions, that’s the most by far since I’ve been here and it shows the program is headed in the right direction. Of course next week is the big one and we want to advance as many kids as we can; that’s the plan.”
Grove City’s Kenny Bable finished 3rd and Reynolds’ Kegan Miller 6th.
170 – This was a rematch of last week’s Section 2 finals and it was the same kind of match that Geer won in ultimate tiebreaker over Reynolds’ Mike Millero. This time the regulation bout was tied at 1-1 at the end, same as the previous bout. After no takedown in overtime, the Franklin sophomore (32-1) rode out the 2nd period then escaped in the 3rd before scoring a takedown on a desperation throw attempt by Millero (37-3) for a 4-1 victory.
Zach Miller of Greenville took 3rd.
182 – Defending champ Dylan Reynolds faced Reynolds’ Austin Moffett in a physical clash. Reynolds (34-4) put on a takedown clinic on his way to a 9-3 triumph.
Greenville’s Justin Reynolds pinned Jamestown’s Mohammed Messai in the 3rd-place consy match, while Sharon’s Beau Dignall finished 5th.
195 – It was an overtime battle here between Marquis Spence of Lakeview and Reinwald. The regulation match ended 1-1 and it was 2-2 heading into the ultimate tie-breaker session. Reinwald (36-7) escaped with 10 seconds left for a 3-2 triumph over the Sailor junior (25-6).
Sharpsville’s Chris Mueller placed 4th.
220 – Smith took on Conneaut Area’s Connor Overman, a senior who took up wrestling this year for the first time. With the score tied at 1 in the 3rd period, Smith notched a takedown with a headlock, but Overman reversed to knot the count at 3. Smith gained a penalty point for locked hands, then an escape. The Mustang held on for a 5-3 win.
“We knew he had the talent to do something and that’s what we talked about with him this week,” said Mercer Coach Rick Whenry. “We knew he had a chance to do something at 220. We haven’t had a champ for a while. And Preston Hoover (2nd at 113) had a great tournament too. We’re proud of both of them.”
285 – Unbeaten big man Breese (29-0) didn’t win a district title last year, but he went on to win state. He’s hoping for the double dip this season after defeating Reynolds sophomore Gene Ringer (33-11) for a 2nd straight win in a finals bout. Last week he pinned Ringer, but this one went the distance with Breese winning 7-3.
“He wrestled a good tournament even though he’s been a little bit sick this week,” said Lakeview mentor Tom Tingley. “He beat (Fort LeBoeuf’s) Nate Conti in the semis — and he’s ranked third in the state. And Ringer is a good wrestler too.
“This was his first district title so he has that monkey off his back. Now it’s on to regions and state.”
Key: Cambridge Springs (CS), Cochranton (Co), Commodore Perry (CP), Conneaut Area (CA), Corry (Cy), Eisenhower (E) Fort LeBoeuf (FL), Franklin (Fr), Girard (Gir), Greenville (Gv), Grove City (GC), Harbor Creek (HC). Hickory (Hik), Iroquois (I), Jamestown (J), Lakeview (Lv), Maplewood (Mp), Mercer (Mr), North East (NE), Northwestern (NW), Reynolds (R). Saegertown (Sag), Seneca (Sen), Sharon (Sn), Sharpsville (Sv), Slippery Rock (SR), Union City (UC), West Middlesex (WM), Youngsville (Y).
Top 10 teams: Reynolds 222, Greenville 158, Fort LeBoeuf 146, Saegertown 139.5, Conneaut Area 71, Jamestown 65, Mercer 59, Franklin 56.5, North East 54, Lakeview 49.
106 – Gage Bayless (R) dec. Michael Lineman (Gv), 6-3; 113 – Faris Messai (J) dec. Preston Hoover (Mr), 5-3 SV; 120 – Jarrette Carter dec. Bingbong Elizon (Sag), 3-1; 126 – Michael Bartolo (R) pinned Austin Alfreno (Sn), 3:34; 132 – Tyler Vath (Sag) dec. Kyle Lukowich (CA), 3-0; 138 – George McGuire (FL) dec. Nick Monico (Sag), 4-3; 145 – Levi Stoyer (R) major dec. Taylor Ellis (CA), 13-4; 152 – Robert Boozer (Co) dec. Mason McCollum (R), 8-4; 160 – Gage Gladysz (Gr) major dec. Matt Newara (HC), 14-4; 170 – Dakota Geer (Fr) dec. Mike Millero (R), 4-1 (2 OT); 182 – Dylan Reynolds (Sag) dec. Austin Moffett (R), 9-3; 195 – Garrett Reinwald (FL) dec. Marquis Spence (Lv), 3-2 UTB; 220 – Colton Smith (Mr) dec. Connor Overman (CA), 5-3; 285 – Sam Breese (Lv) dec. Gene Ringer (R), 7-3.
106 – Dominic Vadala (Hik) dec. Hunter Goodlin (J), 4-0; 113 – Seth Hogue (R) dec. Jase Paxson (Gv), 3-0; 120 — Matt Wheeler (NW) dec. Logan Gray (NE), 2-0; 126 – Tyler Kuzma (FL) pinned John Mott (CP), 2:11; 132 – Luke Walter (GC) dec. Chris Hibbler (Sen), 3-1; 138 – Gavin Wilkerson (Gv) dec. Adam Fish (Sen), 1-0; 145 – Matt Humes (Sag) dec. Derek Steetle (Fr), 2-1; 152 – Brad Malinowski (FL) dec. Jeremy Parsons (Mp), 6-1; 160 – Kenny Bable (GC) dec. Colton Noble (CS), 2-1; 170 – Zach Miller (Gv) major dec. Brad Carlini (Co), 9-0; 182 – Justin Reynolds (Gv) pinned Mohammed Messai (J), 0:50; 195 – Zach Stafford (CS) dec. Chris Mueller (Sv), 2-1 2OT; 220 – Cole Rickert (R) pinned Jason Shappee (J), 1:47; 285 – Nate Conti (FL) pinned Evan Miller (Co), 1:26.
106 – Abe Guariello (FL) dec. Nate Munsee (Cy), 3-0; 113 – Justin Walter (Hik) pinned Sam Svetz (NE), 4:59; 120 – Chaise Hauck (R) dec. Dustin Weilacher (UC), 6-5; 126 – Adam Ballew (NE) pinned Brandon Moss (Gv), 1:11; 132 – Blake Reynolds (Gv) dec. Joel Leise (R), 2-0; 138 – Dustin Tomcho (UC) dec. Alex DiGregorio (R), 1-0; 145 – Jared Sample (GC) dec. Derek Watt (Gv), 6-2; 152 – Louie Head (E) dec. Garrett Zuver (Sag), 2-0; 160 – Lance Neuscheler (Sag) dec. Kegan Miller (R), 4-1; 170 – Jacob Parsons (Mp) injury def. over Jordan Bryan (NE); 182 – Beau Dignall (Sn) dec. Kyle Panko (NW), 6-4; 195 – Isaiah Stearns (Mp) injury def. over Ryan Morris (Cy); 220 – Tory Pusateri (Sen) dec. Randall Peabody (GV), 5-2; 285 – Mike McCool (Fr) injury def over Brian Lipps (CA).
106 – Lineman dec. Munsee, 5-3; Bayless dec. Guarriello, 4-2; 113 – Messai pinned Hogue, 3:07; Hoover dec. Paxson, 4-0; 120 – Carter pinned Weilacher, 2:31; Elizon dec. Wheeler, 6-4; 126 – Bartolo dec. Kuzma, 4-3 (2 OT); Alfreno dec. Mott, 5-2; 132 – Lukowich dec. Walter, 3-1; Vath major dec. Leise, 8-0; 138 – McGuire dec Wilkerson, 6-0; Monico major dec. Fish, 9-0; 145 – Ellis dec. Humes, 3-1; Stoyer major dec. Watt, 15-2; 152 – McCollum dec. Malinowski, 2-1 (2 OT); Boozer dec. Head, 5-2; 160 – Gladysz dec. Miller, 1-0; Newara pinned Bable, 5:32; 170 – Geer major dec. Miller, 13-4; Millero dec Bryan, 2-1; 182 – Reynolds (Sag) dec. Reynolds (Gv), 5-2; Moffett dec. Messai, 6-4 SV; 195 – Spence dec. Morris, 4-3; Reinwald dec. Stafford, 3-1; 220 – Overman pinned Peabody, 3:51; Smith pinned Pusateri, 5:53; 285 – Breese dec. Conti, 6-3; Ringer pinned Miller, 2:44.
106 — Goodlin dec. Munsee, 5-1; Vadala dec. Guarriello, 6-0; 113 – Hogue pinned Walter, 1:17; Paxson major dec. Svetz, 10-0; 120 – Gray pinned Weilacher, 2:05; Wheeler dec. Hauck, 7-3; 126 – Kuzma major dec. Ballew, 9-1; Mott dec. Moss, 12-5; 132 – Walter dec. Reynolds, 6-4; Hibbler dec. Leise, 7-2; 138 – Wilkerson major dec. Tomcho, 10-1; Fish dec, DiGregorio, 1-0; 145 – Humes pinned Sample, 2:41; Steetle major dec. Watt, 10-2; 152 – Malinowski dec Zuver, 5-0; Parsons dec. Head, 7-2; 160 – Noble dec. Miller, 2-1; Bable dec. Neuscheler, 3-2; 170 - Miller dec. Parsons, 12-10 (OT); Carlini dec. Bryan, 5-3; 182 — Reynolds (Gv) pinned Dignall, 2:10; Messai dec. Panko, 7-2; 195 — Mueller injury def. over Morris; Stafford (CS) pinned Stearns, 4:32; 220 — Shappee pinned Peabody, 4:45; Rickert dec. Pusateri, 5-2.
106 – Goodlin major dec. Kenyon Andrews (Mp), 10-0; Vadala pinned Derick Uber (Lv), 3:31; 113 – Walter pinned Logan Kuzma (FL), 4:56; Svetz dec. Jarrett Ruhl (Sag), 6-4; 120 – Gray pinned Ben Shaffer (Mr), 3:27; Hauck dec. Joey Safner (Gv), 4-1; 126 – Ballew pinned Nate Kline (Co), 1:15; Moss dec. Steven Haner (E), 9-5; 132 — Reynolds dec. Jared Morrison (Co), 4-0; Hibbler major dec. Shane Newell (FL), 9-1; 138 – Tomcho dec. Troy Hejazi (Sharon), 5-1; DiGregorio pinned Hunter Cook (Fr), 2:09; 145 – Sample major dec. Jake Yarnell (Co), 12-2; Steetle dec. Gavin Kroesen (WM), 7-1; 152 – Zuver dec Simoni, 4-2; Parsons pinned Noah Bianco (Hik), 1:19; 160 – Noble dec. Cory Buchanan (Sn), 5-4; Neuscheler dec. Zach Ishman (Y), 8-3; 170 – Parsons pinned Giovanni Volpe (Sn), :41; Carlini tech fall Deven Simpson (CS), 16-0, 6:00; 182 – Dignall dec Anthony Rivera (FL), 8-4; Panko dec P.J. Campoli (Sv), 5-1; 195 – Mueller dec. Denton Zeronas (R), 3-2; Stearns dec Zach Safford (Sag), 5-0; 220 – Shappee dec. Andrew Clayton (Lv), 4-2; Rickert dec. Andrew Phelps (NE), 5-2; 285 – McCool dec. Brian Phillips (Mr), 6-4; Lipps pinned Mason Horne (Gv), 3:27.
Consolation 1st round
106 – Goodlin major dec. Jules Hicklin (Sn), 10-2; Andrews dec. Nathan Lehman (Y), 9-3; Vadala pinned Devan Davis (Co), 2:50; Uber dec. Andrew Benden (NE), 6-5.
113 – Walter pinned Tanner Rhoades (CA), 0:26; Kuzma major dec. Owen Clayton (Lv), 14-2; Svetz dec. Zach Walker (CS), 10-7; Ruhl dec. Logan Munsee (Cy), 4-1.
120 – Shaffer pinned Nick Enos (Sv), 2:48; Gray pinned David Marvin (Mp), 0:19; Hauck major dec. Jake Heim (Lv), 11-0; Safner pinned Matt Kemper (Gir), 3:29.
126 – Kline dec Alek Smith (HC), 5-3; Ballew pinned Cameron Adamson (CA), 1:29; Haner dec Stanford Dessaw (Hik), 3-2; Moss major dec. Dreux Harper (Fr), 12-2.
132 – Reynolds pinned Ethan Mitchell (NW), 0:57; Morrison bye; Hibbler pinned Jordan Templeton (Sn), 1:31; Newell pinned Alex Stafford (HC), 3:27.
138 – Tomcho major dec. Leonard, 9-0; Hejazi dec. Jacob Reaugh (J), 7-1; Cook pinned Shayne Vorse (NW), 0:24; DiGregorio dec. Dalton Meals (GC), 3-2.
145 – Sample dec. Kyle Laniewicz (I), 6-2; Yarnell dec. Isaac Merritt (NW), 8-7; Steetle dec. Aaron Hoover (Y), 7-1; Kroesen dec, Casey Krotoszynski (HC), 8-2.
152 – Simoni pinned Tyler Carey (Fr), 2:48; Zuver pinned Marquise Precha (Cy), 0:58; Bianco dec. Jacob Rickert (Gv), 8-7; Parsons dec. Jordan Friend (Gir), 10-4.
160 – Noble pinned Logan Jacobs (Co), 1:21; Buchanan pinned John Sims (Hik), 3:38; Ishman (Y) dec. Jacob Alexander (Mp), 8-4; Neuscheler pinned Kodi Skarzenski (NE), 4:41.
170 – Parsons pinned Dan Kuhn (HC), 4:15; Volpe dec. Troy Sagulla (Mr), 7-3; Carlini (Co) dec. Lyon (Y), 5-4; Simpson forfeit
182 – Dignall dec. Brandon Kent (UC), 7-3; Rivera dec. Austin Binkert (Mp), 7-0; Panko dec. Eric Lucich (WM), 9-1; Campoli dec. Stone Sivak (Y), 4-3.
195 – Mueller pinned James Wilkerson (Gv), 2:31; Zeronas dec. Zane Wolf (SR), 3-1; Stearns dec. Williams Shappee (J), 6-0, Stafford pinned Austin Spear (Y), 3:05.
220 – Clayton pinned Brad Garman (Hik), 2:08; Shappee pinned Markell Aviles (I), 3:30; Rickert dec. Storm McDonald (UC), 3-1; Phelps pinned Lane Hall (Co), 3:16.
285 – McCool dec. Austin Slocum (Y), 9-6; Phillips pinned Jeffrey Kraemer (NE), 4:33; Lipps pinned Dalton Gaertner (Sag), 2:18; Horne pinned Clay Markovich (NW), 1:26.
If it’s true that “There’s strength in numbers,” then the Reynolds Raiders should be in good shape at the Northwest Regional Wrestling Championships.
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