The section wrestling tournaments opened Friday with Mercer County area teams competing at Sharon and Greenville High Schools.
Both the Section 2-AA event at Sharon and Section 3-AA tourney at Greenville get down to business today after the opening night action which saw very few upsets because of seedings that pair top wrestlers with lowest ranked matmen.
In the Section 2 event, the Reynolds High Raiders are seeking their 43rd sectional title, far and away the record in this area and advanced 12 wrestlers into the semis. In the Section 3 tourney, Greenville is the defending champ and shooting for a 13th crown in its history.
Three wrestlers in Section 2 are driving for their third straight individual titles when action resumes today with semifinals at 9:30 a.m. — Reynolds’ Austin Matthews (152) and Jamar Henry (182); Sharon’s Jarray Norris (126); and Sharpsville’s Ben Bucher.
The consy finals are set for 3:30 with parade of champions at 5, followed by the finals.
In the Section 3 tournament, Greenville’s Braden Gladysz and Blake Horne are looking for their second crowns. Jamestown’s defending champ Jonas Reaugh (120) was forced out of the tourney with a knee injury.
That tournament begans at 9 a.m. today with consy finals at 4:30 p.m. and parade of champions at 6 preceding the finals.
The top four place-winners in each tournament advance to the District 10 tourney next weekend.
Key: Franklin (F), Grove City (GC), Hickory (H), Lakeview (L), Mercer (Mr), Reynolds (R), Sharon (Sn), Sharpsville (Sv), Slippery Rock (SR), West Middlesex (WM)
120 – Dustin Kosar (Sv) pinned Dylan Fox (H), 2:51; 132 – Troy Hejazi (Sn) dec. Cam Cianci (R), 5-1; 138 – David Cook (WM) dec. Chris Rensel (SR), 7-4; 160 – Isaiah Chavez (Sn) pinned D’Andre Byers (GC), 3:55; Robbie Thomas (H) dec. Marty Baughman (L), 7-1; 285 – Lucas Combine (WM) dec. Gary Facemyer (H), 7-0.
106 – Evan Clayton (L) tech fall D.J. Templeton (Sn), 15-0, 5:12; Preston Hoover (Mr) pinned Mitchell Murray (WM), 5:21 Seth Hogue (R) pinned Andy Ryan (Sv), :57; Justin Walter (H) pinned Chad Bable (GC), :38.
113– Cody Buchanan (Sn) bye; Zach Sharrer (F) pinned Adam Bellucci (WM), :29; Austin Szugye (Sv) pinned Colton Pellis (H), 2:18; Mike Bartolo (R ) pinned Austin King (Mr), 2:08.
120 – Dave Huselton (SR) pinned Kosar, 5:04; Austin Alfredo (Sn) dec. Ben Shaffer (Mr), 7-2; Dreux Harper (F) dec. Jake Heim (L), 8-4; Nick Nottingham (R) dec. Kenny Bable (GC), 7-2.
126 - Jarray Norris (Sn) bye; Stanford Dessaw (H) dec. Brandon Dick (WM), 13-11; Mason McCollum (R) pinned Trevor Fowler (Mr), 1:18; Ryan Grace (GC) pinned Joe Sofranko (Sv), 3:34
132 – Luke Walter (GC) dec. Hejazi, 4-3; Dustin Schleifer (L) dec. Matt Andrascik (SR), 4-0; Gavin Kroesen (WM) dec. Miles Bowser (Sv), 2-0; Hunter Cook (F) pinned Kyle Boyd (H), 1:49.
138 – Michael Bonner (Sn) pinned Cook, 1:10; Matt Leise (R) dec. Jared Sample (GC), 5-2; Chris Enos (Sv) dec. Noah Bianco (H), 8-4; Rodney Brant (Mr) pinned Brandon Persch (L), :27.
145 – Levi Stoyer (R) pinned Manny Johns (SR), :21; John Sims (H) dec. Tyler Carey (F), 6-3; Andrew Campbell (Sn) dec. Joey Pagliaroli (Sv), 8-4; Trey Maher (GC) tech fall Kevin Reno (Mr), 18-2, 3:17.
152 – Austin Matthews (R) pinned Jason Ash (WM), :34; Alex Shaffer (Mr) dec. Cory Buchanan (Sn), 7-1; Chet Simoni (GC) pinned Shane Beatty (H), 3:59; Dakota Geer (F) tech fall Nate Findley (Sv), 16-1, 3:54.
160 – Ben BuCher (Sv) tech fall Chavez, 15-0, 2:25; Clay Ruffo (Mr) pinned Dalton Hilliard (SR), 5:55; Michael Millero (R) pinned Luke Hemminger (WM), 3:38; Derek Steetle (F), 1:15.
170 – Chris Matthews (F) pinned Chris Williams (Sv), :16; Austin Slagle (Mr) dec. Austin Moffett (R ), 7-3; Eric Lucich (WM) pinned Zane Wolf (SR), 1:16; Marquis Spence (L) pinned Dom Lenzi (H), 1:14.
182 – Joe Hines (H) bye; Chris Mueller (Sv) dec. Ryan Brunson (Mr), 2-1; Beau Dignall (Sn) maj. dec. Shane Slater (SR), 17-4; Jamar Henry (R) bye.
195 – Dan Geer (F) bye; Brian Phillips (Mr) pinned Brad Garmen (H), 2:28; Denton Zeronas (R) dec. Andrew Clayton (L), 5-3; Cody Hughes (Sv) pinned Stephen Boyle (GC), :44.
220 – Colton Smith (Mr) pinned Austin Stelene (GC), 1:16; Jeff Rial (F) dec. Tim Kerr (SR), 5-3; Jake Llewellyn (Sv) pinned Jeff Spencer (WM), 4:53; Logan Rickert (R) pinned Marcus Bowser (L), :50.
285 – Forrest Christmann (SR) pinned Combine, :21; Gene Ringer (R ) maj. dec. Mike Wisner (F) 11-3; Kaleb Robertson (Sv) dec. Jon Hennegan (Mr), 3-1 OT; Sam Breese (L) pinned Anthony Leak (Sn), :59
120 – Bable pinned Fox, 2:03; 132 – Cianci maj. dec. Boyd, 9-1; 138 – Persch pinned Rensel, 2:36; 160 – Thomas dec. Byers, 5-2; Chavez pinned Baughman, 2:06
1. Maplewood 37, 2. Greenville 34.5, 3. Conneaut Area 33, 4. Cochranton 26, 5. Jamestown 20, 6. Northwestern 13, 7. Girard 11, 8. Cambridge Springs 8, 9. Fairview 6, 10. Commodore Perry 4.
106—Faris Messai, Jamestown, bye; Austin Howard, Northwestern, pinned Cole Adams, Cochranton, 1:23; Raven Mangrino, Conneaut Area, major. dec. Jake Kuhn, Cambridge Springs 15-3; Jase Paxton, Greenville, bye.
113—Nate Kline, Cochranton, bye; Joey Safner, Greenville, dec. Scott Thurber, Jamestown, 15-8; David Marvin, Maplewood, pinned Matt Kemper, Girard, 1:30; Bruce Copeland, Northwestern, pinned Tim Lusk, Commodore Perry, :45.
120—Matt Wheeler, Northwestern, bye; Garrett Zaborowski, Fairview, pinned Shane Reiser, Cochranton, 2:56; Nicholas Moss, Conneaut Area, pinned Dave Schwab, Cambridge Springs, 1:20; Daniel Simmerman, Maplewood pinned John Herrman, Commodore Perry, 2:32.
126—Kyle Lukowich, Conneaut Area, pinned Clayton Shirey, Jamestown, :22; Henry Coyle, Maplewood, pinned Chris Ryan, Cambridge Springs, :54; Isaac Howard, Northwestern, dec. Craig Trumbull, Greenville, 4-0; Jared Morrison, Cochranton, pinned Kyle Crotty, Fairview, 1:13.
132—Nick Floch, Jamestown, pinned Don Reichard, Cambridge Springs, 1:26; Derek Watt, Greenville, pinned Jake Yarnell, Cochranton, 4:40; Zak Dennis, Maplewood, major dec. Ian Pettis, Northwestern, 11-2; Trevor McCray, Girard, pinned Colin Stuyvesant, Conneaut Area, :41.
138—Gage Dalton, Girard, bye; Zach Krein, Cambridge Springs, pinned Kyle Nuhfer, Maplewood, 3:50; Jacob Riffe, Greenville, pinned Isaac Merritt, Northwestern, 1:05; Seth Thurber, Jamestown, pinned Zane Chimiak, Commodore Perry, 2:41.
145—Talor Ellis, Conneaut Area, bye; Jaim Crecraft, Cambridge Springs, pinned Pearce Kuzior, Commodore Perry, 5:29; Devin Randall, Jamestown, bye; Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood, bye; Jacob Rickert, Greenville, bye; Anthony Minecci, Fairview, bye; Jordan Friend, Girard, bye; Robert Boozer, Cochranton, bye.
152—Bodey McClintock, Maplewood, bye; Bradley Davidson, Conneaut Area, pinned Ben Lipinski, Fairview, 2:51; Garrett Morgan, Jamestown, bye; Caleb Peterson, Cochranton, bye; Tyler Osborne, Commodore Perry, bye; Sebastian Rinehardt, Northwestern, bye; Cody Ryan, Cambridge Springs, pinned Bryan Cundy, Girard, 3:33; Blake Horne, Greenville, bye.
160—Jake Parsons, Maplewood, pinned Mathias Shappee, Jamestown, :31; Christian Bock, Girard, major dec. John Anderson, Fairview, 13-4; Gage Gladysz, Greenville, tech. fall Hunter Cox, Cambridge Springs, 4:00 (15-0); Ryan Northcott, Cochranton, pinned Matt Cherry, Northwestern, 3:28.
170—Austin Andrews, Cochranton, pinned Trevor Grode, Fairview, :50; Caleb Phelps, Conneaut Area, def. Colton Noble, Cambridge Springs, disqualification; Garrett Behringer, Northwestern, major dec. Jacob Alexander, Maplewood, 14-4; Zach Miller, Greenville, pinned Mohamed Messai, Jamestown, 3:36.
182—Isiah Stearns, Maplewood, pinned Vitaliy Kleschevinikov, Girard, 2:53; Paul Beresford, Conneaut Area, pinned Shane Keller, Cochranton, :48; William Shappee, Jamestown, pinned Cody Washek, Northwestern, 2:31; Justin Reynolds, Greenville, pinned Devon Simpson, Cambridge Springs, :54.
195—Zach Stafford, Cambridge Springs, bye; Dan Daugherty, Girard, pinned Alex Ho, Greenville, 3:17; Jason Shappee, Jamestown, pinned Brandon Locke, Fairview, 2:22; Austin Binkert, Maplewood, pinned Zachary Garland, Conneaut Area, :27.
220—Cam Cyphert, Cochranton, bye; James Wilkerson, Greenville, dec. Ryan East, Cambridge Springs, 5-4; Ryan Cardman, Fairview, dec. Clay Markovich, Northwestern, 7-0; Keamus Schulen, Jamestown, pinned Brandon Hall, Girard, 3:31.
285—Braden Gladysz, Greenville, bye; Tim Galford, Maplewood, bye; Evan Miller, Cochranton, pinned Blaine Wolfrom, Cambridge Springs, 5:10; Brian Lipps, Conneaut Area, pinned Kyle Titus, Girard, :53.
145—Talor Ellis, Conneaut Area, pinned Jaim Crecraft, Cambridge Springs, 1:13; Jeremy Parsons, Maplewood, dec. Devin Randall, Jamestown 4-2; Jacob Rickert, Greenville, pinned Anthony Minecci, Fairview, 4:24; Robert Boozer, Cochranton, pinned Jordan Friend, Girard, 4:38.
152—Bodey McClintock, Maplewood, pinned Bradley Davidson, Conneaut Area, 1:12; Caleb Peterson, Cochranton, dec. Garrett Morgan, Jamestown, 6-2; Tyler Osborne, Commodore Perry, dec. Sebastian Rinehardt, Northwestern, 9-2; Blake Horne, Greenville, pinned Cody Ryan, Cambridge Springs, :50.
106—Cole Adams, Cochranton, bye; Jake Kuhn, Cambridge Springs, bye.
113—Scott Thurber, Jamestown, bye.
120—Shane Reiser, Cochranton, bye.
138—Kyle Nuhfer, Maplewood, bye.
145—Pearce Kuzior, Commodore Perry, bye.
152—Ben Lipinski, Fairview, bye; Bryan Cundy, Girard, bye.
195—Alex Ho, Greenville, bye.
220—Ryan East, Cambridge Springs, bye.
285—Blaine Wolfrom, Cambridge Springs, bye; Kyle Titus, Girard, bye.
145—Anthony Minecci, Fairview, bye; Devin Randall, Jamestown, bye; Jaim Crecraft, Cambridge Springs, bye; Jordan Friend, Girard, pinned Pearce Kuzior, Commodore Perry, 2:28.
152—Sebastian Rinehardt, Northwestern, bye; Garrett Morgan, Jamestown, bye; Cody Ryan, Cambridge Springs, pinned Cody Ryan, Cambridge Springs, 2:46; Bradley Davidson, Conneaut Area, pinned Bryan Cundy, Girard, 1:51.
The section wrestling tournaments opened Friday with Mercer County area teams competing at Sharon and Greenville High Schools.
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