2019 STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS

Mark Emmerling Jr.

Beaver Local Beavers

Fr., 113, 38-12

Emmerling gets his first taste of the state tournament after a very strong freshman season highlighted by a first-place finish at the Hoppel Invitational. He also placed at both the EOWL and OVAC tournaments.

“Mark has has continued to improve each week and has benefited from great teammates that push him to get better,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He is solid on the mat and on his feet, he has the ability to score a lot of points quickly, and is very tough in the top position.”

Emmerling, who finished fourth at last week’s Heath district tournament will get going with a first round matchup against top-seeded freshman Branton Dawes (39-2) from Washington Court House Washington. Two of the top contenders are Cael Woods from West Holmes and Jacob Decatur from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Decatur is on the other side of the bracket, while Emmerling would avoid Woods until at least the semifinals should he advance.

“Mark sits in a nice spot,” Williams said. “He is in a quarter of the bracket with kids that are very even with him. He needs to continue to stay in a solid position and he will make some noise in a tough bracket. He is peaking at the right time and wrestling with a lot of confidence. He is in for a fun weekend.”

Logan Ours

Beaver Local Beavers

Fr., 120, 32-4

Ours continued a stellar freshman season by capturing the Heath district title last weekend. He was ranked second by borofanohio.net and enters as one of the main contenders in a very tough 120-pound bracket.

“Logan has had a tremendous freshman season,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He is an attack minded wrestler and has an incredible ability to finish from any position. He is physical, clean with his technique and is always in solid position. He will push the pace for 6 minutes and force his style of wrestling on his opponent. He uses every moment and position during a match to gain an advantage.”

Ours, who also has an OVAC championship and a Cambridge tournament title to his credit, will open against fourth-seeded Anthony Trivisono (26-9) from Mentor Lake Catholic. A potential matchup with Louisville’s Garett Lautzenheiser (ranked third by borofan) looms in the semifinals. Ours pinned Lautzenheiser in a regional dual match last month. Top-ranked Christian Wayt from West Branch is on the top half of the bracket. Ours and Wayt did not meet during the season.

“Logan’s goal of being a state champion is something he has trained for his entire life,” Williams said. “He has wrestled in big tournaments, multiple times in his career, so this tournament won’t be a shock to him. He is at his best when he is loose and confident. He is ready to go and is peaking at the right time.”

Cole McComas

Beaver Local Beavers

Jr, 126, 40-7

McComas is no stranger to the big stage, as he has taken home state runner-up finishes the past two seasons at 106 and 113 pounds.

“When you have had the success Cole has had during his career you understand what it takes to be the best and he takes that approach to everything he does,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He has put himself in a position to reach his goals. His past state experience and his ability to win tight matches are going to pay off for him this weekend.”

McComas has battled through injuries during the season and hopes he can peak just in time for this weekend.

“Cole is such a consistent person in his approach to wrestling and life,” Williams said. “He has battled an injury most of the season but used every opportunity available to him to get healthy and put himself in a position to be at his best for this tournament.”

The 126-pound bracket is considered to be wide open, with the third-seeded McComas taking on second-seeded Chris Kelly from St. Paris Graham Local in the first round. Projected state champ Peyten Kellar from Vincent Warren is on the other side of the bracket.

“Cole’s bracket has a lot of kids who have gone back and forth beating each other all season long,” Williams said. “Cole trains and prepares every day for these moments. He loves these types of challenges and he always responds appropriately to difficult situations.”

Skyler Lasure

Beaver Local Beavers

Jr, 145, 34-6

Lasure is another veteran of the state tournament, with a seventh and a fourth place finish the past two seasons.

“Skyler’s previous state experience should pay off in a tough bracket,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He has an ability and track record of winning tight matches and always wrestles his best when the lights are the brightest. He looks forward to tournaments and competition like this weekend.”

The second-seeded Lasure will get his weekend started against third-seeded Brody Conley (47-5) from Tiffin Columbian. Up next is a potential second round matchup with Bellefontaine’s Jordan Crace, who is 35-0 and the projected state champion.

“Skyler wrestles confidently and he always believes he can win regardless of the opponent,” Williams said. “He is a physical wrestler who can score in a multitude of ways. He has incredible quickness and the ability and confidence to score in all three positions.”

Logan Krulik

Beaver Local Beavers

Soph., 152, 41-9

After narrowly missing the state tournament last season. Krulik broke through with a third-place finish at last week’s Heath district tournament.

“Last year fueled Logan to do more wrestling in the off-season,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He has improved in every position. He has an incredible gas tank and the ability to wear his opponent out. He is smooth on his feet and wrestles loose, has a lot of fun competing, and has a style that is fun to watch.”

Krulik opens up with against Sam Price (27-4) from Monroe. Top contenders Jax Leonard from Louisville and Anthony Rice from Steubenville are on the other side of the bracket.

“This is the state tournament and there are no easy matches,” Williams said. “Logan is one of the top wrestlers in this weight class and is in a position to make a nice run, but it won’t come easy. He will compete with anyone in this bracket.”

Beau Smith

Beaver Local Beavers

Sr., 170, 42-9

Smith has served as a cornerstone of the Beaver wrestling program during his career and will be making his fourth straight trip to Columbus. He enters the state tournament as the school’s all-time wins leader with a record of 164-46 and has OVAC and EOWL titles to his credit this season.

“Beau has had a great season going 3-2 at the Ironman Tournament, placing at Brecksville and winning OVAC and EOWL titles,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He has been tested with great competition all season long. Beau is explosive, he takes his style of wrestling to his opponents and can quickly put his opponents in bad positions. Beau is dangerous in all positions and is never out of a match with his pinning ability.”

Smith earned his way onto the podium with a fourth-place finish last season and will look to close his career on a high note in a wide-open bracket. He has a stiff challenge right off the bat with top-seeded Xavier Torres (47-5) from Wauseon.

“Beau’s bracket is very even and with his ability he could climb to the top of the podium,” Williams said. “He has been a consistent force in our lineup for four years and is one of the best wrestlers to graduate from Beaver Local. He will bring his best this weekend, just like he has for the past four years.”

Garrett Givens

Beaver Local Beavers

Sr., 220, 34-8

Givens’ season got off to a late start with him competing in the Blue-Grey All-American football game in Dallas, but he has shown steady progression according to Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams and will look to put it all together this weekend.

“Garrett is built on hard work,” Williams said. “He is constantly finding ways to improve himself. He has improved each week and committed to learning new technique and improving his conditioning. He has had a great season placing at the OVAC and EOWL Tournaments and has wrestled the top kids in the state along the way.”

Givens, who will play football at Wheeling Jesuit in the fall, will open with second-seeded Alec Maloney (45-6) from Norwalk. Both East Liverpool’s Skylor Wooley and projected favorite Tyler Stein (an Ohio State recruit and defending state champ) are on his side of the bracket and could loom as potential semifinal opponents.

“Garrett’s bracket sets up nice for him,” Williams said. “With his improvement each week he has put himself in a position to make a deep run this weekend. “I know it would mean a lot to him to put a number beside his name on the state board in the gym. He has progressed throughout the season to give himself an opportunity at doing that.”

Daniel Wirth

Beaver Local Beavers

Sr., 285, 36-8

At 230 pounds, Wirth is small for a heavyweight, but he nonetheless broke through to Columbus with a third-place finish last week at Heath. He enters this week with OVAC and EOWL runner-up finishes to his credit as well as a Buckeye 8 and sectional title.

“What Danny lacks in weight, he makes up in heart,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “He is a high tempo heavyweight who scores a lot of points and keeps the pace up. He has continued to improve on his scoring positions and work on winning situations using every position to wear out his opponent. He is great in the practice room and he loves to compete. He has continued to get better as the season went on.”

With will open against second-seeded Lane Cluff (48-3) from Hillsboro. Looming potentially in the second round is Girard’s Jack DelGarbino (25-0) who the defending state champ and the heavy favorite to repeat.

“Danny is wrestling very confident right now,” Williams said. “He believes in what he is doing and he is having a lot of success. He is very excited about another opportunity to wrestle great competition and evaluate himself against some of the best wrestlers in the state. Danny will embrace that competition and give his best effort like he does every time he steps on the mat. “When you’re willing to lay it on the line for your teammates and yourself the way he does, you are going to win a lot of matches.”

Skylor Wooley

East Liverpool Potters

Junior, 220, 40-8

Wooley earned the first state berth of his career by placing second at the Div. II Heath district. Wooley, ranked just outside of the top dozen in the InterMat and Boro Fan Almanac ratings, has a winnable first round assignment in Kenton junior Noah Eikenbary (32-3) who has had mixed results this season.

“You just don’t know which (Eikenbary) you’re going to get,” East Liverpool coach Scott Heimstra said. “He’s been very inconsistent from what we can tell. He’s won some big matches, but also lost to wrestlers he should have beaten.”

The bad news for Wooley is the Heath district is ranked the weakest by the two prediction publications and if Wooley should win his opener he’ll be likely paired with defending Div. II 220-pound state champion Tyler Stein of Canfield.

Stein, a senior, is 41-2 this season and will be attending Ohio State University in the fall where he will be a member of the Buckeye wrestling team.

“Skylor wrestled him last year preparing for districts,” Heimstra said. “He knows what the challenge is if he gets there.”

Heimstra said Wooley is healthy and has been putting in the work needed to compete at state.

“He’s gaining confidence and if he gets past Eikenbary, I think he’ll be all right,” Heimstra said.

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