McComas claims Top Gun title
ALLIANCE — Beaver Local and West Branch, two wrestling schools steeped in mat tradition, had one individual champion each to lead the area at the prestigious 46-team Top Gun Wrestling Tournament finals held in Alliance’s Harry Fails Gymnasium Saturday night.
The Beavers finished in 15th place with 82 points and had three placewinners, led by champion Cole McComas (22-2) at 113 pounds.
Meanwhile, West Branch finished 11th overall with 113.5 points and the Warriors saw four wrestlers place, paced by 120-pound junior Christian Wayt who successfully repeated as a Top Gun champion.
Minerva finished 17th in the tournament with 71 points and had an individual Top Gun runner-up in Travis Kuttler at 285 pounds.
Akron St. Vincent St. Mary won this year’s Top Gun team title with 182 points, outdistancing second-place Austintown Fitch which finished with 152 points.
Beaver Local’s McComas captured his Top Gun championship while holding off Olentangy’s Jacob Sherman, 3-2 in an outstanding, low-scoring bout.
“It’s really good competition here,” said McComas. “I felt pretty good (in his title match), I was just kind of keeping my head and hands low and making sure he (Sherman) didn’t get any good shots on me.”
Beaver Local head coach Jordan Williams praised the talented McComas.
“Cole is just a very smart, technique-driven wrestler,” praised Williams. “He’s solid in all positions and hard to score on.”
McComas, who finished second at the state meet as a freshman last year, is setting his goal to win it all this season.
“I’m ranked about second or third right now (in the state),” explained the Beaver Local standout. “Yeah, (winning it all is the goal).”
Other placewinners for the Beavers included Skyler Lasure (third, 132) and Beau Smith (eighth, 145).
“Our kids came here to get competition and we found a lot of great competition,” said Williams. “I’m happy with the way our kids competed. Every week we’re just looking for the opportunity to wrestle good kids and get better and I think we took advantage of that.”
West Branch’s Christian Wayt, ranked No. 1 in the state, defeated Isaac Crowell from Fort Leboeuf (Pa.), 13-6 at 120 pounds. Tied 3-3, Wayt hit Crowell with a five-point move and also received penalty
points to go up 11-3 in the second period and went on to the 13-6 win.
“He (Crowell) was a state placer in Pennsylvania (last year) so it’s a good win,” said Wayt. “I felt pretty confident (after going up 11-3) because I don’t usually get scored on a lot, so I figured it would be hard for him to score eight points and come back.”
Wayt is now 26-0 on the season.
“That (winning the state title this year) is definitely the goal,” added Wayt.
West Branch head coach Chris Dorris said Wayt had another great tournament and finals match.
“What Christian did well is what he always does well, he’s a very good wrestler, a technical wrestler and he goes into the match knowing exactly what he wants to do, and we saw that time and time again during this tournament,” said the West Branch coach.
“That kid (Crowell) got a little physical with Christian and Christian didn’t back down, he strapped it up and said, let’s go boy,” added Dorris.
The Warriors’ other placewinners included Dylan Miller (fifth at 152), Peter Biery (eighth, 160) and Neil Ginnetti (seventh, 170).
Minerva’s Travis Kuttler was the Lions’ lone placewinner, finishing as a Top Gun runner-up after a loss by pin in 1:36 to Girard’s highly-ranked Jack Delgarbino.
“We had eight guys come back on Day 2 here and had four guys get to the placement round and lost tough matches,” said Minerva head coach Chad Hilliard said. “and it was nice getting Travis Kuttler back in the finals again and he beat (Leasure of Alliance) along the way who was a state placer last year. Travis won some quality matches along the way to get to the finals.”
1. Akron SVSM 182, 2. Austintown Fitch 152, 3. Olentangy 149, 4. Louisville 144, 5. Marysville 137.5, 6. Tuslaw 133, 7. Alliance 132.5, 8. Carrollton 132, 9. Huntington (Wva.) 124.5, 10. West Allegheny (Pa.) 114, 11. West Branch 113.5, 12. Claymont 112, 13. Fort Leboeuf (Pa.) 102, 14. Ashtabula St. John 98.5, 15. Beaver Local 82, 16. North Canton 73.5, 17. Minerva 71, 18. Belleontaine 71, 19. Girard 68.5, 20. St. Albans (Wva.) 68.5, 21. Trinity (Pa.) 67, 22. Ripley 66.5, 23. Eaton 64, 24. Boardman 56, 25. Marlington 56, 26. Erie McDowell (Pa.) 53, 27. Riverside 51, 28. Delaware Hayes 51, 29. Nordonia 50.5, 30. Musselman 45.5, 31. Wayne 45.5, 32. Grandview Heights 38, 33. Mansfield 36.5, 34. Shelby 31, 35. Chardon 26, 36. Strongsville 25.5, 37. Southeast 23.5, 38. Grand Valley 20, 39. Field 19, 40. Ravenna 18, 41. Bloom Carroll 15, 42. Thomas Worthington 15, 43. West Geauga 15, 44. Northwest 12, 45. Alliance I 8, 46. Worthington Kilbourne 6.
106 — Garett Lautzenheiser (Louisville) won by technical fall over Boot Kuhlins (Tuslaw), 20-3.
113 — Cole McComas (Beaver Local) dec. Jacob Sherman (Olentangy), 3-2.
120 — Christian Wayt (West Branch) dec. Isaac Crowell (FortLeboeuf,) 13-6,
126 — Gus Sutton (Austintown Fitch) dec. Joey Miller (Musselman), 4-1.
132 — Wade Monebrake (Eaton) dec. Edward Suber (SVSM), 1-0.
138 — Luke Wymer (SVSM) dec. Jeff Boyd (Erie McDowell), 2-1, 2OT.
145 — Ben Pasiuk (Carrollton) def. Xander Gore (Olentangy), inj. default.
152 — Jake Marsh (Marysville) maj dec. Justin Shaw (Carrollton), 13-1.
160 — Michael Ferree (Austintown Fitch) dec. Luke Reicosky (North Canton), 6-5 UT.
170 — Jacob Lagoa (St. John) dec. Jacob Starkey (Ripley), 15-3.
182 — David Heath (SVSM) dec. Zane Lanham Huntington, 6-4.
195 — Ben Smith (North Canton) dec. Breylon Douglas (Austintown Fitch), 6-2.
220 — Rocky McGeary (West Allegheny) dec. BJ Haynes (Ripley), 4-2 OT.
285 — Jack Delgarbino (Girard) pinned Travis Kuttler (Minerva), 1:36.