Meadville Tribune


February 21, 2014

Locals fare well on first day of D-10 tournament

SHARON — Day one of the 2014 District 10 Class AA wrestling championship is in the books, and it was a good one, featuring some close quarterfinal battles and even a couple surprise upsets.

One thing that was no surprise, however, was the team scores. This year’s runner-up in the state team duals, Reynolds, leads after the first day with 10 wrestlers advancing to the semifinals and 88 team points.

In second is Greenville with 77 points. Fort LeBoeuf is third with 63 points. Saegertown has 56.5 points, good for fourth place. Then there’s a significant drop-off to fifth, where Conneaut stands with 27 points.

Action resumes today at 9 a.m. with the semifinals and the first round of consolations. The consolation finals are slated to start at 3 p.m. with the parade of champions following at 4:45 p.m. and the finals at 5:30.


Panthers have five in semis

Saegertown batted a little better than .500 in the quarterfinal round, advancing five of nine wrestlers.

Saegertown 120-pounder Bingbong Elizon took on a determined challenge from Mercer’s Ben Shaffer. But the Cats’ junior prevailed 4-1. He’ll see Northwestern’s Matt Wheeler in today’s semis. Wheeler majored North East’s Logan Gray 15-2.

Tyler Vath got right down to business in his search for a third consecutive D-10 title, pinning Cochranton’s Jared Morrison in 2:13 in a 132-pound quarterfinal meeting. Vath’s next opponent will be Reynolds’ Joel Leise, who picked up an emotional 3-2 victory over Greenville’s Blake Reynolds in the quarters.

Nick Monico was solid in his 138-pound quarterfinal bout against Commodore Perry’s Tony Leonard, moving on with a 9-1 major decision. He’s got Seneca’s Adam Fish, a defending district champion, in this morning’s semifinals.  

At 145 pounds, Franklin’s Derek Steetle looked to be in a scoring mood after posting a 16-1 technical fall over Cochranton’s Jake Yarnell in the quarters. But Panthers senior Matt Humes wasn’t having it, decking Steetle in 31 seconds. Humes goes up against Conneaut’s Taylor Ellis in an interesting semifinal bout this morning.

Finally, at 182 pounds, Dylan Reynolds was a force of nature, piling up 16 points in under two minutes to notch a 16-1 technical fall over West Middlesex’s Eric Lucich in a mere 1:55. His next opponent is Greenville’s Justin Reynolds, who pinned Sharpsville’s P.J. Campoli in 1:27 in the quarterfinals.

Among the Panthers’ losses in the quarterfinals was Lance Neuscheler’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Section 2 champion Kegan Miller of Reynolds at 160 pounds.


Overman soars for Eagles

Conneaut 220-pounder Connor Overman came up with one of the biggest upsets of the quarterfinal round Friday night. Overman led Section 1 champion Andrew Phelps for much of the match. Phelps was able to cut the lead to 6-4 with about 30 seconds to go in the third period after Overman was whistled for a few too many hands to the face. That gave Phelps the opportunity to tie it up with a takedown. But try as Phelps might, Overman fought him off as the clock wound down and held on for the victory.

The first-year Eagles wrestler now moves into the semifinal round where he will face Greenville’s Randall Peabody, who pinned Reynolds’ Cole Rickert in 1:29 in the quarterfinals.

At 132 pounds, Conneaut’s Kyle Lukowich faced a stiff challenge against Seneca’s Chris Hibbler. Lukowich met that challenge, trimming the Bobcat by a score of 5-3. This morning he’ll see Grove City’s Luke Walter for a spot in the finals.

Then at 145 pounds, Taylor Ellis controlled the action over West Middlesex’s Gavin Kroesen before eventually getting the three-count over the Big Red in 5:19. Ellis meets Saegertown’s Matt Humes in the semifinals.


Heavies lead Sailors

Lakeview’s quarterfinal success stories got started late in the night, but they arrived just the same.

At 195 pounds, junior Marquis Spence was untouchable during a 7-0 victory over Saegertown’s Zach Stafford. Spence will next face Corry’s Ryan Morris, a 9-4 victor over Maplewood’s Isaiah Stearns in the quarterfinals.

Finally at heavyweight, defending state champion Sam Breese didn’t have much trouble against Conneaut’s Brian Lipps, racking up a double-digit lead before decking Lipps in 3:28. Breese and Fort LeBoeuf’s Nate Conti now square off in a highly anticipated semifinal bout this morning.


Boozer advances for Cards

Cochranton’s 152-pounder Robert Boozer stayed in command over quarterfinal opponent Garrett Zuver of Saegertown. Boozer eventually finished it off with a pin in 3:18. Next up, Boozer takes on Eisenhower’s Louie Head in the semifinals. Head notched a 10-2 major over Grove City’s Chet Simoni in the quarterfinal round.


Messais lead Muskies

Jamestown’s Messai brothers earned both of Jamestown’s semifinal berths last night.

Muskies 113-pounder Faris Messai advanced with a convincing pin in 1:06 over North East’s Sam Svetz. In the semifinals, he’ll take on Mercer’s Preston Hoover, who upended LeBoeuf’s Logan Kuzma 4-0 in the quarters.

Then at 182 pounds, senior Mohamed Messai decked Sharon’s Beau Dignall in 2:40. Next, Messai will go head-to-head with Reynolds’ Austin Moffett for a spot in the championship finals.


Stafford posts big win for Spa

Zach Stafford had the win of the night for the Cambridge Springs wrestling team. The Blue Devils’ sophomore 195-pounder recorded a late takedown at the edge of the mat to grab a thrilling 3-1 victory over Sharpsville’s Chris Mueller. Next up for Stafford is a semifinal match against LeBoeuf’s Garrett Reinwald, who authored a 3-2 decision over Reynolds’ Denton Zeronas.

At 160, Colton Noble just missed out on a semifinal berth, dropping an 8-6 decision to Grove City’s Kenny Bable.


Weilacher boosts Bears

Union City 120-pounder Dustin Weilacher provided the Bears with a big highlight during the quarterfinal round. He trailed Section 2 champion Chaise Hauck of Reynolds for most of regulation. But a late reversal tied it up at 6-6 just before the end of the third period. Weilacher hustled in overtime and got a quick single-leg takedown, and then rolled Hauck onto his back for some near fall points. Weilacher advanced with an 11-6 victory.


Tigers fall short of semis

Maplewood went 0-3 in the quarterfinals, but not without putting up a solid fight in each bout.

At 152 pounds, Jeremy Parsons couldn’t come up with a takedown in a 6-2 loss to Fort LeBoeuf’s Brad Malinowski.

Then at 170, Jacob Parsons and Reynolds' Mike Millero squared off in an outstanding battle. A late stalling point against Millero tied the match up at 7-7. But an even later escape awarded to the Reynolds wrestler put Millero into the semis with an 8-7 victory.

Finally, at 195, Isaiah Stearns came up short against Corry’s Ryan Morris 9-4.

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