Hoppel tradition continues

CALCUTTA — The largest field in the event’s history will descend on Beaver Local High School on Saturday when the 41st annual Everett Hoppel Memorial Wrestling Tournament gets under way.

Joining hosts Beaver Local in the 17-team field will be Indian Creek, Oak Glen, Southern Local, Boardman, Salem, Poland, Weirton Madonna, Austintown Fitch, Edison, Meadowbrook, Canton South, Marlington, Indian Valley, Dover and West Allegheny.

The Hoppel Tournament is a long-standing tradition at Beaver Local. The Hoppel family, which boasts six state champions and numerous other state placers, have been a big part of the community — on and off the mat — for more than 70 years.

The Hoppel brothers combined for six state wrestling titles — Darryl in 1954 and 1955 and Jim in 1955 for East Liverpool High School and Carl in 1959, 1961 and 1962 for Beaver Local High School.

Their father Everett started the Beaver Local wrestling program in the new district. The tournament is held in his honor every year.

Beaver Local returns four state qualifiers to the tournament in Jared Wright, Beau Smith, Skyler Lasure and Cole McComas. McComas placed second at 132 pounds last season. Lasure, who wrestles at 145 pounds, is a two-time state placer.

Oak Glen’s 138-pound West Virginia state champion Peyton Hall will also be in action as well Weirton Madonna’s 145-pound West Virginia state champion Alec Cook. Austintown Fitch’s Gus Sutton is a two-time Ohio state-placer at 138 pounds.

Action starts at 9 a.m. The finals will start approximately one hour after the final round.

All all-day pass is $10. Tickets for morning and afternoon sessions will also be available.