Lasure wins 100th

Editor’s note: Due to early publication times Saturday because of the snow storm, the championship round of the OVAC Wrestling Tournament was not complete in time for this edition. A wrapup and results of Saturday’s finals will be included in Monday’s edition.

From Staff Reports

WHEELING, W.Va. — Beaver Local advanced nine to the finals during Saturday’s early session at the 66th Ron Mauck Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships at WesBanco Arena.

Jaymin Salsberry (106 pounds), Logan Ours (120), Cole McComas (126), Jonathan Potts (132), Skyler Lasure (145), Logan Krulik (152), Brenden Severs (160), Beau Smith (170) and Daniel Wirth (285) earned spots in the championship finals.

Lasure’s 7-3 win over Madonna’s Alec Cook in the 145-pound championship semifinal gave the junior his 100th career victory.

The Beavers had a shot at turning in the school’s biggest individual championship haul in school history. The 2000 and 2003 tournaments saw three individual championships each for the Beavers.

The Beavers already won the Class 4A title early on Saturday but was also right there with Parkersburg South in the running for the overall championship. Beaver Local led with 281 points to South’s 216 before Saturday’s afternoon championship session.

Beaver was trying for its first overall OVAC title since 2003 while Parkersburg South, which had advanced three wrestlers to the championship finals, had won five straight.

Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall (138) and Shawn Moore (113) advanced to their respective championship finals. The 113-pound match was also to feature East Liverpool’s Howard Williams, the 2018 106-pound champion.

Notes

¯ The OVAC entertained thoughts of moving the final day of the tournament to Monday, but the arena was booked for an American Red Cross blood drive. West Virginia Secondary Schools rules prevent any West Virginia teams from competing on Sunday.

¯ The move to the earlier start time on Saturday was done with Columbiana County schools and Oak Glen in mind since the brunt of Saturday’s storm was going to affect those the most.

“They are going to be the one’s with (travel) problems,” tournament director Dr. Dan Doyle said on Friday. “Getting them out of here 4-5 hours earlier than they would normally should help them out. We’re always thinking about the safety of our kids, fans and people associated with the tournament.”

Wayt wins at Top Gun

ALLIANCE — West Branch’s Christian Wayt captured the 120-pound title on Saturday at the Alliance Top Gun tournament.

Wayt, a senior, bested Carrollton sophomore Brandon Brown with an 8-1 decision. It was the third Top Gun title of his career.

He was the only area wrestler to reach a championship final at the tournament.