Meadville Tribune


February 22, 2014

Locals claim five titles at Class AA districts



CASH gets triple silver

Conneaut advanced three into the finals, and all three fell just a little bit short of gold.

Kyle Lukowich posted a second-place finish at 132 pounds for the Eagles. He won his semifinal bout against Grove City’s Luke Walter 3-1. Then in the finals, he went up against two-time state place-winner Tyler Vath of Saegertown. Lukowich kept it close, but couldn’t score on the Panther, falling 3-0.

Taylor Ellis added a second-place finish at 145. After beating Saegertown’s Matt Humes 3-1 in a terrific semifinal contest, Ellis went up against Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer in the finals. Stoyer scored often in a 15-4 major decision.

The Cinderella story of the tournament, however, was 220-pounder Connor Overman. The first-year wrestler rolled through the first three rounds, punctuating it with a fall in 3:51 over Greenville’s Randall Peabody in the semifinals.

In the championship bout, Overman and Mercer’s Colton Smith were tied 3-3 in the third when Overman was called for locked hands with 29 seconds left. He quickly let Smith up from the bottom, but couldn’t notch the takedown he needed and Smith escaped with the win.

Also for Conneaut, Brian Lipps took sixth place at heavyweight. He ended up defaulting his consy semifinal match with Cochranton’s Evan Miller due to injury, and had to forego the fifth-place match against Franklin’s Mike McCool.


Stafford, Noble lead Spa

In the 195-pound bracket, Cambridge Springs’ Zach Stafford started Saturday off with a tough loss, falling to LeBoeuf’s Garrett Reinwald 3-1. But he bounced back in a big way, pinning Maplewood’s Isaiah Stearns in 4:33 in the consy semifinals, and then winning the third-place match over Sharpsville’s Chris Mueller, pulling out from the bottom during the second overtime period to win 2-1.

Blue Devils 160-pounder Colton Noble had an outstanding run through the wrestlebacks. He started Saturday with a pin in 1:21 over Cochranton’s Logan Jacobs, added a narrow 5-4 verdict over Sharon’s Cory Buchanon, and then earned his way into the third-place match with a 2-1 victory over Section 2 champion Kegan Miller of Reynolds. Noble’s trip finally ran out of steam in the third-place final where he dropped a heartbreaker to Grove City’s Kenny Battle 2-1 in an overtime rideout.


’Wood advances trio

After his quarterfinal loss on Friday, Maplewood 160-pounder Jeremy Parsons had a nice run through the consolations for a fourth-place finish. First, he beat Girard’s Jordan Friend 10-4, then he pinned Hickory’s Noah Bianco in 1:19, and downed Eisenhower’s Louie Head 7-2. The streak ended with a 6-2 loss to LeBoeuf’s Brad Malinowski in the third-place match.

At 170, Jacob Parsons rallied from his quarterfinal loss with pins over Harbor Creek’s Dan Kuhn (4:15) and Sharon’s Giovanni Volpe (:41). He was then dropped to the fifth-place match via a busy 12-10 loss to Greenville’s Zach Miller. He got the automatic arm-lift for fifth when North East’s Jordan Bryan defaulted due to injury.

Isaiah Stearns ended up taking fifth for the Tigers. He ran off two straight shutout wins in the consolation rounds, 6-0 over Jamestown’s William Shappee and 5-0 over Saegertown’s Zach Stafford. He was dropped in the fifth-place match after getting pinned by Cambridge Springs’ Zach Stafford. And then he was awarded fifth when Corry’s Ryan Morris defaulted due to injury.


Weilacher, Tomcho lead UC

The Bears’ Dustin Weilacher got a big win on Friday when he beat Reynolds’ Chaise Hauck in the quarterfinals. Well, Hauck got some revenge on Saturday, defeating Weilacher 6-5 in a similarly competitive fifth-place match. Weilacher still moves on to regionals as the sixth-place wrestler.

At 138 pounds, Dustin Tomcho survived a tough battle with Reynolds’ Alex DiGregorio to win the fifth-place match. Tomcho rode DiGregorio for the whole of the second period. Then Tomcho posted an escape in the third for the only point of the match.

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