Two Beavers reach podium

Beaver Local’s Logan Ours has his hand raised after pinning Marengo Highland’s Cody Matthews in the Div. III, 157-pound consolation final on Sunday at the 85th annual state wrestling tournament at the Schottenstein Center. (Photo by Melanie Dunn)

From Staff Reports

COLUMBUS — Beaver Local advanced two wrestlers to the Div. II state semifinals on Saturday and seemed poised for a big Sunday at the 85th annual state wrestling tournament at the Schottenstein Center.

The two turned in high podium finishes for the Beavers but not as high as they wanted.

Decorated senior Logan Ours, a University of Wyoming recruit, came into the tournament ranked as the No. 1 grappler at 157 pounds by Boro Fan Almanac and InterMat Ohio.

He was in position to become the first Beaver Local and Columbiana County wrestler to win an individual title since Adam Hoppel did it in 2002.

London senior Antwan Burns, who was second in the very tough Wilmington district, turned in perhaps the biggest upset of the day on Saturday as he defeated Ours 10-6 in the semifinal.

Burns took control with two takedowns in the first period to lead 4-2. He added three more takedowns the rest of the way to secure the win.

Ours bounced back on Sunday with a 7-1 win over Ashland’s Jon Metzger and a 4:23 pin of Marengo Highland’s Cody Matthews in the third-place final. It was Ours’ second win over Matthews in the tournament.

“I’m not super dissatisfied but I really think I put in more work than anyone and deserved that spot,” Ours said of his top ranking. “I was confident coming in, I just didn’t show up.”

Ours finished his final Beaver Local campaign at 35-3. Burns carried his semifinal-win momentum to an 8-4 state championship win over St. Paris Graham Local’s Gunner Cramblett.

Beaver Local senior Jaymin Salsberry was sent to the 132-pound consolation bracket after an 11-4 loss to Columbus DeSales’ David McClelland on Saturday.

Salsberry returned on Sunday to down Copley’s Zane Van Voorhis 11-6 in the consolation semifinals. Salsberry had started the tournament with a 5-4 win over Van Voorhis on Friday. In the third-place final Salsberry was beaten 12-0 by Perry’s Brock Christian.

McClelland went on to win the state championship with an 8-3 win over Louisville’s Pablo Castro.

Beaver Local head coach Johnny McComas was pleased with both the efforts of Ours and Salsberry.

“Logan was a great guy to have in our program. He lifted up his teammates and us as coaches both on and off the mat,” McComas said. “Third place is not what he wanted, but I am proud of him for battling through adversity and injury.”

“Jaymin had a great weekend,” McComas continued. “He was super fun to watch and kept us on the edge of our chairs for four years. I love him like a little brother.”

Salsberry finished his senior season at 33-6.

West Branch senior Steven Marra capped his career by placing eighth at 215.

Mansfield Senior’s Mekhi Bradley scored a 3-0 decision over Marra on Sunday in the seventh-place match.

Marra is West Branch’s 37th state-placer in school history and second eighth-place finisher.

Marra went 44-4 this season with all four losses coming in the last two weeks of competition.

Beaver Local senior Mark Emmerling Jr. was eliminated on Saturday with two consecutive losses at 138 pounds after winning the opener on Friday.


¯ Beaver Local now has 54 all-time state placers. The Beavers have six champions, eight runners-up, nine third-placers, five fourth-placers, eight fifth-placers, nine sixth-placers, three seventh-placers and six eighth-placers.

¯ St. Clairsville earned its first state wrestling champion in school history when Caden Stout took the Div. II, 150-pound title. He beat Indian Creek’s Dominic Paterra 8-7 in the all-Buckeye 8 final.

¯ Steubenville freshman Brody Saccoccia finished second at 120 in Div. II.

Kim North contributed to this report.


Div. II

Cyle Burt (Salem)

120 pounds

Alexander Crane (Sheridan) maj. dec. Burt, 8-0

Riley Kleshinski (Ontario) dec. Burt, 4-1

Jaymin Salsberry (Beaver Local)

132 pounds


Salsberry dec. Zane Van Voorhis (Copley), 5-4

Salsberry dec. Donovan Paes (Streetsboro), 3-2

David McClelland (Col. DeSales) dec. Salsberry, 11-4

Salsberry dec. Zane Van Voorhis (Copley), 11-6

Brock Christian (Perry) maj. dec. Salsberry, 12-0

Mark Emmerling Jr. (Beaver Local)

138 pounds

Emmerling Jr. dec. Aidan Rush (Col. DeSales), 6-4

Lance Overmyer (Clyde) dec. Emmerling Jr., 6-2

Thane McCoy (Wilmington) dec. Emmerling Jr., 5-4

Logan Ours (Beaver Local)

157 pounds


Ours pin Ryan Brubaker (Perry), :47

Ours (Beaver) pin Cody Matthews (Mar. Highland), 3:41

Antwaun Burns (London) dec. Ours (Beaver), 10-6

Ours dec. Jon Metzger (Ashland), 7-1

Ours pin Cody Matthews (Mar. Highland), 4:23

Gabe Morgan (Beaver Local)

175 pounds

Zack Burroughs (St. Paris Graham Local) dec. Morgan, 6-3

Reid Beddow (Norton) dec. Morgan, 4-1

Steven Marra (West Branch)

215 pounds


Marra dec. Cruz Mobley (River View), 6-2

Carter Neves (Graham Local) pin Marra, 1:04

Marra dec. Davian Greenlee (Buchtel), 1-0

Bryce Bennett (Miami Trace) dec. Marra, 3-2

Mekhi Bradley (Mansfield Senior) dec. Marra, 3-0

Div. III

Hunter Newell (South Range)

106 pounds


C.J. Graham (Fairland) dec. Newell, 6-5

Newell dec. Carson Taylor (Covington), 3-0

Newell dec. Branden Boggs (Sandy Valley), 2-1 OT

Abe Hermes (Mil. Edison) maj. dec. Newell, 9-1

Newell dec. Corbin Kimmel (Wayne Trace), 5-1

Clayton Kramer (South Range)

126 pounds

Wesley Wydick (Utica) pin Kramer, 3:59

Kramer maj. dec. Connor Robbins (Willard), 9-1

Drake Kanyuch (Shenandoah) dec. Kramer, 11-4

Ray Cmil (South Range)

132 pounds


Cmil dec. Joey Manley (Ostego), 4-3

Cmil dec. Brayden Brown (Legacy Christian), 3-1

Cmil dec. Trey Allen (Mechanicsburg), 9-7

Hunter Long (Wayne Trace) dec. Cmil, 5-2

Michael Markulin (South Range)

138 pounds

Troy Kennedy (Troy Christian) dec. Markulin, 5-3

Markulin dec. Jeff Camp (Patrick Henry), 5-4

Andrew Sas (Mapleton) dec. Markulin, 9-8

Jacob Richardson (South Range)

144 pounds

Jarrett Hornish (Wayne Trace) dec. Richardson, 7-0

Cade Peterson (Oak Harbor) dec. Richardson, 5-2

A.J. Coppersmith (Crestview)

150 pounds

Coppersmith dec. Grant Guiler (Amanda Clearcreek), 15-11 OT

Will Stieber (St. Paul) dec. Coppersmith, 3-1

Aiden Helmke (Tinora) dec. Coppersmith, 6-2

Jacob Starkey (South Range)

157 pounds

Remington Bauer (Milan Edison) dec. Jacob Starkey, 9-8

Starkey win by forfeit over Ethan Cooper (Legacy Christian)

David Davis (Miami East) dec. Starkey, 8-4

Logan Cormell (South Range)

165 pounds


Matt Gentry (Sandy Valley) dec. Cormell, 2-0 OT

Cormell dec. Grant Heuing (Coldwater), 5-2

Cormell dec. Chase Miller (Allen East), 4-3

Isaac Gray (Adena) maj. dec. Cormell, 11-2

Cormell dec. Camren Foster (Liberty Center), 4-2

Christopher Colucci (South Range)

215 pounds

Trevor Steward (Greenon) pin Colucci, 1:17

Jacob Thompson (Milan Edison) dec. Colucci, 7-2

Dallas McCracken (United Local)

285 pounds


Owen Box (Liberty Center) pin McCracken, :57

McCracken pin Conner Temple (Huntington), :33

McCracken pin Will Fox (Coldwater), 1:20

Travis Owen (Black River) dec. McCracken, 3-1

Gyvnn Mendenhall (Col. Academy) maj. dec. McCracken, 9-0


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