Meadville Tribune


March 1, 2014

Saegertown, other locals shine on first day at Class AA regionals

SHARON — For some of the 26 local District 10 wrestlers who took part in Day 1 of the Class AA Northwest Regional tournament, it’s hard not to have one eye on the mat and the other looking a little ahead to Hershey.

With the top three wrestlers in each weight class punching a ticket to states, positioning yourself well heading into today’s second day of the tournament is crucial for every wrestler. A slew of local grapplers did just that Friday at Sharon High School, setting up a tremendous finish to the finale today.

Finding the most success as far as teams are concerned was Reynolds, which holds the top spot after Day 1 with 45 points, followed by Brookville (35 points) and Fort LeBoeuf (30). Greenville sits in fourth place with 23 points, while Redbank Valley rounds out the top five schools with 20 points.

Saegertown had a strong day and totaled 18 points to place sixth, Jamestown sits ninth overall with 11 points, while Conneaut and Jamestown are tied with 10 points and sit at ninth place. Cambridge Springs and Maplewood are tied with six points for 13th.

Eagles soar on Day 1

Conneaut brought four wrestlers to regionals, with seniors Kyle Lukowich and Connor Overman sitting pretty after the first day of competition, both one win away from a trip to states.

Lukowich took on Kane’s Darren Brown in the 132-pound quarterfinals and picked up an 8-4 decision over the senior. Lukowich was in complete control before surrendering three points to make it match.

But as he has done all year long, Lukowich found a way to settle things down and pull out the four-point decision.

Perhaps the bigger story from Conneaut’s day comes at 220 pounds, where Overman avenged not one, not two but three previous losses to Clarion’s Zach Sintobin to earn a 3-1 decision in the quarterfinals.

Overman, a first-year wrestler, continues to impress this season, and his work ethic and drive to succeed isn’t lost on Conneaut head coach Carmen Russo.

“For a first-year wrestler to be one match away from states is fantastic,” Russo said. “He’s learning day by day, and constantly wants to do film sessions. I’m just so proud of him for just making it here. What he’s doing in his first year is tremendous.”

Russo added that Overman’s instant success isn’t something you see every day, in fact, not even every year.

“He’s a rare person,” Russo said of Overman. “A person like that comes around every 20 or 30 years. He’s physically gifted and mentally he’s so smart, and he’s putting it all together. He wants to be the best and doesn’t want to settle for anything less than that. I’m proud of where he his and how far he’s come.”

At 145 pounds, Taylor Ellis was pinned by Redbank Valley’s Mitch Blose in 5:19, while heavyweight Brian Lipps defeated Cochranton’s Evan Miller in the preliminary round before being pinned by Redbank Valley’s Ben Carillo.

Text Only
Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires

The latest proposed expansion plan for the Crawford County Courthouse potentially would eliminate the former Tarr Mansion on Diamond Park to make room for a county administrative building. Should the 1860 mansion be demolished?

Leave it alone because it’s historic.
Try to incorporate it into the proposed expansion.
It’s too far gone to save, but it’s memory may be preserved with an artifacts and photo display within the proposed courthouse complex.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide