Area wrestlers off and running in Columbus
COLUMBUS–Six area wrestlers are still alive for state championships after the first day of wrestling at the 2019 Individual State Wrestling Tournament at The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.
Beaver Local’s Mark Emmerling Jr., Logan Ours and Cole McComas all won their first round matches along with Columbiana’s Nathan Whitehead and South Range’s Kyle Keenan and Anthony Czap.
A total of 14 wrestlers advanced to Friday.
Action continues at the Schottenstein Center with the Div. III championship quarterfinals beginning at 10 a.m. and the Div. II quarterfinals at 10:35 a.m. The Div. III consolation round two gets underway at 12:10 a.m. with the Div. II second consolation round beginning at 12:50 p.m.
Beaver Local freshman Mark Emmerling Jr. came away victorious in his state debut. Emmerling upset top-seeded Branton Dawes (39-3) from Washington Court House Washington 7-6 in a 113-pound first round matchup. Emmerling (39-12) will face third-seeded Caleb Hernandez (45-7) from Napoleon in the quarterfinals today.
Top-seeded Beaver Local freshman Logan Ours got off to a fast start in the Div. II 120-pound bracket by pinning fourth-seeded Anthony Trivisono from Mentor Lake Catholic at the 1:20 mark.
Ours will try and take the next step today with a quarterfinal matchup against third-seeded Jimmy Balazy (47-5) from Parma Padua Franciscan.
Beaver Local’s Cole McComas emerged from his 126-pound first round match with a 5-2 victory over second-seeded Chris Kelly from St. Paris Graham Local.
McComas (41-7) will square off against Aurora’s Jack Gorman (25-7) in the quarterfinals today.
Second-seeded Skyler Lasure lost a 16-0 tech. fall to Brody Conley from Tiffin Columbian in 145-pound first round action.
However, Lasure was able to earn his way to Friday by rolling to an 8-2 win over Austin Pownall from Cuyahoga Falls Christian Academy in the first consolation round.
Fourth-seeded Beau Smith was pinned at the 3:19 mark by top-seeded Xavier Torres from Wauseon in the 170-pound first round.
Smith then ended his tournament run when he was pinned by Aurora’s Ethan Anderson at the 2:49 mark of the first consolation round.
In 220-pound first-round action, Beaver Local’s Garrett Givens lost 6-1 to second-seeded Alec Maloney from Norwalk.
Givens roared back however, with a pin at the 1:41 mark over Geneva’s Charles Taylor in the first consolation round.
Beaver Local heavyweight Daniel Wirth was pinned in his first round match at the 4:28 mark by second-seeded Lane Cluff from Hillsboro.
Wirth was then bounced from the tournament with a 7-2 loss Jacob Jackson from Toledo Central Catholic in the first consolation round.
Beaver Local’s Logan Krulik entered the tournament as a number-three seed in the 152-pound bracket, but was scratched due to a medical issue.
“Logan did everything he could to get healthy this week, but was unable to make it happen,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said.
East Liverpool’s Skylor Wooley shook off a first round loss and lived to fight another day.
The second-seeded Wooley lost a 3-0 decision to Kenton’s Noah Eikenbary in 220-pound first round action.
However, he came back strong in the first consolation round by pinning Kade Rawlins from Greenfield McClain at the 1:31 mark.
West Branch’s 120-pound contender Christian Wayt bowed out early with a pair of losses. The Warriors saw their other two qualifiers advance in the consolation bracket.
Wayt fell in the 120-pound first round to third-seeded Tyler Masters from West Holmes 3-2 in an ultimate tie-breaker.
Wayt was bounced in the first consolation round after being pinned at the 1:20 mark by Chanston Moll from Williamsport Westfall.
West Branch 182-pound senior Neil Ginnetti lost a tough 4-2 first round match to top-seeded Keegan VanMeter from Granville.
Ginnetti stayed alive with a 10-4 victory over Tai Carter from Sandusky Perkins in the first consolation round.
In the 195-pound bracket, West Branch’s Kenny Marra was pinned at the 1:43 mark by top-seeded Matthew Cover from Bay Village Bay.
Marra also stayed alive in the consolation bracket with a 4-1 win over Colton Doyle from Clarksville Clinton-Massie.
All three of Minerva’s state qualifiers lost in the first round. However, the Lions had two wrestlers stay alive in the consolation bracket.
Drake Decker dropped a 15-5 major decision to Bellevue’s third-seeded Gabe Alda in the 106-pound first round.
Decker wrestled his way to Friday by defeating Monroe’s Caleb Thomas 10-7 in the first consolation round.
In 138-pound action Ethan Mueller was pinned at the 1:24 mark by top-seeded Gabe Steyer from Van Wert.
Mueller survived the first consolation round with a 4-3 win over Kaleb Kiss from Norton.
Minerva heavyweight Jarrett Burress was pinned at the 3:35 mark of his first round match by second-seeded Johnny Shafer from St. Paris Graham Local.
Burress was then sent packing in the first consolation round after he was pinned at the 2:43 mark by Louisville’s Riley Brendle.
Columbiana’s second-seeded Nate Whitehead earned his way into the 195-pound quarterfinals with a pin at the one minute mark over Casey Fleahman from Liberty Union.
Also for Columbiana, 113-pounder Brandt Virden lost an 11-2 major decision to Caldwell’s second-seeded Marshall Niswonger in the first round.
Virden then was pinned in the first consolation round by Troy Christian’s Troy Kennedy at the 1:52 mark.
South Range’s Kyle Keenan punched his ticket to the quarterfinals with a 9-3 victory over third-seeded Jacob Poling from Versailles in a 126-pound first round matchup. Keenan (47-6) will take on top-seeded Cameron Dickman (26-2) from Oak Harbor today.
Also for the Raiders, top-seeded Anthony Czap broke through into the 220-pound quarterfinals with a 6-5 win over Dylan Sargent from Columbus Grove. Czap (38-9) will face third-seeded Kaleb Snodgrass (40-6) from Van Buren today.
South Range’s Michael Markulin lost a 17-4 major decision to top-seeded Oscar Sanchez from Genoa Area in the 120-pound first round. Markulin then won by default in the consolation round against Hunter Long from Wayne Trace. Markulin will wrestle in the second consolation round today.
Crestview’s Trey Wonner lost a 12-2 major decision to top-seeded Julian Sanchez from Genoa Area in a 132-pound first round matchup.
Wonner bowed out in the first consolation round with a 3-0 loss to Chase Caprella from Lima Central Catholic.