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Hoppel to go on as dual event

CALCUTTA –In an ever-changing world of sports, there will be one thing that the Beaver Local community can rejoice about.

The 43rd annual Everett Hoppel wrestling tournament is still scheduled for Saturday.

A year removed from the tournament seeing its biggest field ever at 17 teams, it will see a much smaller field this year at just six teams.

However, there is no doubt it is going to be a great day and a feeling of relief that the tournament will continue in any capacity.

Host Beaver Local, Indian Creek, Alliance, Indian Valley, Marlington and Martins Ferry are the six teams planning on competing. Action will take place on three mats starting at 9 a.m.

Beaver Local is 8-0 to start its season. Among the Beaver victories are highly touted Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and CVCA. On Wednesday, the Beavers bested Canfield, 43-29.

“So far, we have started strong, but yeah, this year has been unlike any other so just having the kids respond to adversity and working hard, that will be the difference come the end of the year,” Beaver Local coach Johnny McComas said. “So that is what we are working towards right now.”

He attributed the fast start to the veterans on his team and the way they handle themselves.

“Right now, I just think it’s based off the kids experience and I think the program just has a high expectation for itself,” McComas said. “They just expect it from themselves.

“Just from past years I think this team believes in themselves,” McComas added. “They all know that they have a goal and they really try to strive to be a star in their role.”

Even though they are off to a great start, that is only the beginning for the Beavers.

“The expectation is to win.” McComas said. “Our kids always expect to win and it doesn’t really matter who we are able to send out on the mat either.”

This is an important tournament for the community, as the Hoppel family name is synonymous with Beaver Local and Beaver Local wrestling.

“This tournament is important to Beaver Local because the Hoppel family is close to our heart,” McComas said. “To be able to put that on, it means a lot to the school and a lot to the community. We get a great showing every year, especially by the family members of the Hoppel family so it means a lot.”

McComas added “we are just grateful to compete right now.”

There have been some changes to the tournament this year to keep numbers down and stay within the guidelines set forth by the OHSAA. Normally, the tournament is a pool format and would be more individual-based. This year, it will be a six-team dual format and will all be team scored.

SCHEDULE

ROUND 1

9 a.m.

Alliance vs. Beaver (Mat 2)

Indian Creek vs. Martins Ferry (Mat 3)

Indian Valley vs. Marlington (Mat 1)

ROUND 2

10:30 a.m.

Indian Creek vs. Indian Valley (Mat 1)

Martins Ferry vs. Beaver Local (Mat 2)

Alliance vs. Marlington (Mat 3)

ROUND 3

Noon

Martins Ferry vs. Indian Valley (Mat 3)

Alliance vs. Indian Creek (Mat 1)

Beaver Local vs. Marlington (Mat 2)

ROUND 4

1:30 p.m.

Indian Valley vs. Beaver Local (Mat 2)

Marlington vs. Indian Creek (Mat 3)

Martins Ferry vs. Alliance (Mat 1)

ROUND 5

3 p.m.

Marlington vs. Martins Ferry (Mat 1)

Beaver Local vs. Indian Creek (Mat 2)

Indian Valley vs. Alliance (Mat 3)

Beavers are 8-0

CANFIELD — Beaver Local’s wrestling team moved to 8-0 with a 43-29 win over Canfield on Wednesday.

The Beavers won all weight classes from 132 to 195.

106: Troy Jacobs (C) pin Allyson Smith

113: Chris Thomas (C) won via forfeit

120: Nick Barber (C) tech. fall Kayden Bobby, 18-2

126: Logan Miller (C) pin Nathan Cox

132: Mark Emmerling (BL) pin Niko Poullas

138: Jaymin Salsberry (BL) pin Conner Cutrer

145: Devon Salsberry (BL) dec. Ian Hull, 10-3

152: Logan Ours (BL) dec. Chris Mauch, 8-3

160: Logan Krulik (BL) pin Noah Frank

170: Jonathan Potts (BL) pin Aiden Rogers

182: Gabe Morgan (BL) pin Augie DiMartino

195: Payne Allen (BL) won via forfeit

220: Michael Crawford (C) dec. Tristan Murphy, 3-2

285: Kip Stewart (C) dec. Zane McCoy, 3-1

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