Ours, Emmerling, Hall shine at OVAC
WHEELING, W.Va. — The OVAC saved the best for last.
In a match featuring two top-10 All-Americans and previous West Virginia state champions, Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall and Parkersburg South’s Brayden Roberts closed the show in the 152-pound final on Saturday at the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships at WesBanco Arena.
Hall, the top seed, captured his third career OVAC title with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the second-seeded Roberts.
Hall, Oak Glen’s most decorated wrestler, improved to 30-2 on the season. Hall’s other OVAC championships came at 120 pounds as a freshman and 138 pounds last year. He was second at 132 as a sophomore.
It’s yet another feather in the cap of the West Virginia University recruit who is ranked fourth in the nation in his weight class by FloWrestling. Later on this season, Hall will attempt to become the first Oak Glen wrestler in school history to win a state championship all four years.
The two wrestlers met earlier this season with Hall defeating Roberts 7-4 at the Super 32.
“This tournament has been great to me,” Hall said. “This title means a little more than the other two because it allows me to end my OVAC career on top, especially against a world-ranked wrestler like Brayden.”
Roberts will also be a part of the WVU wrestling team and the pair will room together.
“We talked before the match and decided that whoever won would get first choice on beds,” Hall said with a slight smile.
Mark Emmerling Jr. gave Beaver Local its first championship of the tournament by pinning top-seed Nate Shelek of Wheeling Park in 2:55 in the 120-pound final. Shelek came in as the top seed. Emmerling (20-7) arrived in the final after a 10-3 win over John Marshall’s Ethan Gray in the semifinal.
Emmerling finished fifth at 113 pounds last season and is the son of former four-time OVAC champion Mark Emmerling. As a team, Beaver Local scored 209 points to win the Class 4A title.
At 132, Beaver Local sophomore Logan Ours earned his second OVAC title by downing East Liverpool standout junior Howard Williams in a 2-0 sudden victory. Williams, the second seed, was last year’s 113-pound champ. Ours was the 2019 120-pound champion.
Ours (17-4) beat Weir’s Wyatt Conley in the semifinal by a 6-5 decision. Williams (17-2) topped Parkersburg South’s Brayden Johnson by a 5-0 count in the other semifinal.
Beaver Local head coach Jonny McComas said he was pleased with his team’s effort despite not being able to defend its overall title.
“This sport is all about adversity and ups-and-downs. For the most part, this tournament didn’t go the way we thought it would, but we are stepping out of here with some champions, some good wins and some things we can improve upon,” he said.
“We’re excited for Logan. He had to take a little time off to come back and win this tournament,” the Beaver coach said. “That’s big for him mentally in moving forward to compete for a state title down the road.”
At 160, Beaver Local senior Skyler Lasure was denied an OVAC championship to open the final round as Steubenville junior Ethan Pappas scored a pin in 4:33 to win the weight class crown. Lasure (18-5) beat Wheeling Park’s Canon Welker by a 15-0 technical fall to reach the final. The OVAC championship was Pappas’ first, having finished second at 160 last year.
In the 170-pound final Beaver Local junior Logan Krulik also came up short of his first OVAC title, losing a 5-2 decision to Cameron’s Ian Bush in the final. Krulik, the top seed, arrived in the final by pinning Indian Creek’s Austin Starr in 56 seconds. Krulik (20-6) was a 152-pound runner-up as a junior.
Southern Local junior Hunter Morris came up just short of becoming the Indians’ first OVAC tournament champion as he fell 4-2 to Steubenville’s David Tuttle in the 182-pound final. Morris (20-3) is a two-time AAU All-American and arrived in the finals by way of a 6-5 win over Wheeling Park’s Erick Brothers Jr. in the semifinal.
¯ One of the best wrestlers in the country impressed in his run to the 220-pound championship. Parkersburg South senior Braxton Amos, a University of Wisconsin recruit, pinned all five of his opponents in a total of 4:31 to claim his third OVAC title. He also was named the tournament’s Hercules Award and Bierkortte (MVP) Award winners. Over his three-year high school career (his freshman year was eliminated due to injury) he’s 126-0. Amos is ranked as the nation’s top 220-pound wrestler and many publications consider him to be the country’s best pound-for-pound wrestler.
¯ Beaver Local senior Daniel Wirth was the top seed at 285 but was upset in the in the semifinal by Linsly’s Chance Knight. Wirth followed that up with two more losses to take sixth. He was second at 285 last year.
¯ Beaver Local senior Cole McComas didn’t have a shot at gaining his third OVAC title of his career as he was upset with a 7-5 sudden victory in the 138-pound semifinals by Wheeling Park’s Andrew Shelek. McComas did rebound to take third as he closes out his OVAC tournament career with championships at 106 as a freshman and 113 as a sophomore followed by a runner-up finish at 126 as a junior.
¯ Beaver Local’s other placers included Devon Salsberry (fourth at 145), John Woodburn (seventh at 126) and Jonathan Potts (seventh at 152).
¯ East Liverpool’s other placers included Eric Williams (sixth at 138) and Skylor Wooley (fifth at 220).
¯ Jason Tice led Wellsville with an impressive third place showing at 126. Justin Sarge was fith at 152 and Caden Weekley was sixth at 220.
¯ Southern Local’s other placers were Dylan Milhoan (fifth at 145) and Sam Lowe (sixth at 195).
¯ Other Oak Glen placers were Dylan Heinrich ( sixth at 170), Caiden Adams (eighth at 195), Camden Barr (seventh at 106), Braxton Dlugopolski (eighth at 113), Clayton Lamb (fifth at 120), Kaden Lundy (sixth at 126) and Jonathan Creese (eighth at 138).
¯ Parkersburg South won the Class 5A title with 251 total points. Class 3A went to Barnesville (98 points) and Class 2A/1A went to Shenandoah (103.5).
Kim North contributed to this report
OVAC “Ron Mauck” Wrestling Championships
Wesbanco Arena, Wheeling, W.Va.
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Parkersburg South 251, s. Wheeling Park 236, 3. Beaver Local 209, 4. Steubenville 178.5, 5. St. Clairsville 171, 6. Oak Glen 139.5, 7. University 124, 8. Indian Creek 111.5, 9. Shenandoah 103.5, 10. Barnesville 98, 11. John Marshall 83, 12. Southern Local 82.5, 13. Martins Ferry 79.5, 14. Wellsville 75, 15. East Liverpool 74, 16. Warren Local 70, 17. Brooke 63, 18. Magnolia 58.5, 19. Cambridge 58, 20. Linsly 57, 21. Weir 52, 22. Bridgeport 50.5, 23. Morgantown 48, 24. Buckeye Local 45, 25. Cameron 44, 25. New Philadelphia 44, 27. Union Local 39.5, 28. Toronto 38, 29. Harrison Central 34, 25. Meadowbrook 34, 31. Dover 32, 32. Bellaire 29, 33. Crestview 25, 34. Caldwell 22.5, 35. Edison 21, 36. River 19, 36. Shadyside 19, 38. Fort Frye 11, 39. Beallsville 9, 40. Madonna 7.5, 41. Steubenville Central 3, 42. Hundred 0, 42. Paden City 0, 42. Wheeling Central Catholic 0.
(With seed number before name)
7th PLACE: 7 Camden Barr (Oak Glen) def 11 Blake Lanzer (Dover), Fall 2:45
5th PLACE: 6 Anthony Shevlin (Steubenville) def 5 Ethan Cook (John Marshall), Dec 2-0
3rd PLACE: 1 Jarret Stillion (Meadowbrook) def 2 Quinton Velas (Wheeling Park), Dec 4-3
CHAMPIONSHIP: 4 Brady Roberts (Parkersburg South) def 3 Alex Overly (Shennandoah), Dec 5-4 UTB
7th PLACE: 5 Anthony Hill (Steubenville) def 6 Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen), M-Dec 13-0
5th PLACE: 8 Danny Yost (Brooke) def 10 Cole Coleman (Warren Local), Dec 5-3
3rd PLACE: 2 Griffen Stephen (BARN) def 1 Carl Cochran (John Marshall), Fall 3:44
CHAMPIONSHIP: 3 Cody Taggart (Wheeling Park) def 4 Nathan Ford (Parkersburg South), Dec 5-1
7th PLACE: 7 Eric Reed (Cambridge) def 6 Josh Denoble (St. Clairsville), Fall 2:26
5th PLACE: 10 Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen) def 11 Timmy Cargill (University), T-Fall 17-2
3rd PLACE: 4 Devin Easton (Parkersburg South) def 3 Ethan Gray (John Marshall), Dec 3-2
CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 Mark Emmerling Jr. (Beaver Local) def 1 Nate Shelek (Wheeling Park), Fall 2:55
7th PLACE: 4 John Woodburn (Beaver Local) def 6 George Hoover (Barnesville), Dec 3-0
5th PLACE: 9 Logan Tague (Meadowbrook) def 7 Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen), Dec 1-0
3rd PLACE: 5 Jason Tice (Wellsville) def 2 Trent Jones (Parkersburg South), Dec 9-7
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Koen Kish (St. Clairsville) def 3 Jace Stockett (University), Dec 6-0
7th PLACE: 6 Gabe Carman (John Marshall) def Austin Howard (Harrison), Fall 1:53
5th PLACE: 7 C.J. Spencer (Indian Creek) def 8 Ethan Waggoner (Steubenville), Fall 2:44
3rd PLACE: 3 Brayden Johnson (Parkersburg South) def 4 Wyatt Conley (Weir), M-Dec 14-3
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Logan Ours (Beaver Local) def 2 Howard Williams (East Liverpool), Dec 2-0 SV
7th PLACE: 7 Collin Wiley (Caldwell) def 5 Tyler Muldrew (Steubenville) Forf
5th PLACE: 3 Dominic Paterra (Indian Creek) def 9 Eric Williams (East Liverpool), Dec 3-0
3rd PLACE: 1 Cole McComas (Beaver Local) def 2 Brian Palmer Jr. (Buckeye), Dec 3-2 UTB
CHAMPIONSHIP: 4 Andrew Shelek (Wheeling Park) def 6 Caden Stout (St. Clairsville), Dec 13-6
7th PLACE: 8 Hayden Johnson (Edison) def 6 Jonathan Creese (Oak Glen), Dec 9-4
5th PLACE: 3 Dylan Milhoan (Southern Local) def 7 Aaron Ferguson (Steubenville), Dec 7-4 OT
3rd PLACE:5 Stevie Mitchell (Wheeling Park) def 4 Devon Salsberry (Beaver Local), Dec 1-0
CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 Peyten Kellar (Warren Local) def 1 Gavin Quiocho (Parkersburg South), Dec 8-6 OT
7th PLACE: 4 Jonathan Potts (Beaver Local) def 7 Caden Kenworthy (Cambridge), Dec 2-0
5th PLACE: 5 Justin Sarge (Wellsville) def 9 Cameron Woods (Barnesville), Dec 7-3
3rd PLACE: 6 Dakota Hagedorn (University) def 3 Billy Gooch (Wheeling Park), Dec 5-0
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Peyton Hall (Oak Glen) def 2 Brayden Roberts (Parkersburg South), Dec 3-2
7th PLACE: 6 Cody Albaugh (Bellaire) def 5 Anthony Porter (Cambridge), Dec 5-1
5th PLACE: 4 Brady Crum (Union Local) def 11 Brandon Kiser (Dover), Dec 9-3
3rd PLACE: 7 Owen Oliver (Barnesville) def 3 Canon Welker (Wheeling Park), Forf 6-4
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Ethan Pappas (Steubenville) def 2 Skyler Lasure (Beaver Local), Fall 4:33
7th PLACE: 7th PLACE: 9 Casch Somerville (Parkersburg South) def 7 Hunter Nixon (Wheeling Park), Fall 2:43
5th PLACE: 8 Kameron Hughes (Martins Ferry) def 5 Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen), Dec 2-1
3rd PLACE: 3 Max Camilletti (Brooke) def 4 Austin Starr (Indian Creek), Fall 2:38
CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 Ian Bush (Cameron) def 1 Logan Krulik (Beaver Local), Dec 5-2
7th PLACE: 11 Logan Walters (Weir) def Corey Naylor (St. Clairsville), Fall 0:46
5th PLACE: 5 Charles Smith (Buckeye) def Timmothy Bell (Bellaire), Dec 3-0
3rd PLACE: 3 Erick Brothers Jr. (Wheeling Park) def 4 Justin Bartlett (Cambridge), Dec 7-5
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 David Tuttle (Steubenville) def 2 Hunter Morris (Southern Local), Dec 4-2
7th PLACE: Logan Ortt (New Philadelphia) def 11 Caiden Adams (Oak Glen), Fall 3:38
5th PLACE: 6 James Stillwagoner (Magnolia) def 5 Sam Lowe (Southern Local) Forf
3rd PLACE: 3 Elijah Llewellyn (Indian Creek) def 4 Richard McFarland (Martins Ferry), M-Dec 9-0
CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 Reese Skaggs (St. Clairsville) def 1 Keith Bodnar (Steubenville), Fall 3:53
7th PLACE: 8 Tylor Yost (Morgantown) def Peyton Tuttle (Steubenville), Fall 3:35
5th PLACE: 2 Skylor Wooley (East Liverpool) def 10 Caden Weekley (Wellsville), Dec 2-1
3rd PLACE: 5 Charlie Tamburin (Wheeling Park) def 4 Josh Sanders (University), Dec 5-4
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Braxton Amos (Parkersburg South) def 3 Derek Witsberger (St. Clairsville), Fall 1:31
7th PLACE: 8 Marshall Bier (River) def Matthew Reinacher (Wheeling Park), Dec 10-6
5th PLACE: 6 Mikey Hamrick (Magnolia) def 1 Daniel Wirth (Beaver Local) Forf
3rd PLACE: 7 Zachary Kuneff (Bridgeport) def 4 Donte Lewis (Martins Ferry), Dec 3-2 SV
CHAMPIONSHIP: 2 Easton Hitchens (Shennandoah) def 5 Chance Knight (Linsly), Dec 3-2