Kyle Lantz

Conneaut Area 106-pounder Kyle Lantz (top) was one of seven Eagle wrestlers to qualify for the semifinal round at the District 10 Section 2-AA tournament on Friday at Sharon High School. 

Over the last few years in Class AA wrestling in the state of Pennsylvania it has been Reynolds followed by everybody else. 

At this year’s District 10 Section 2-AA wrestling tournament, it is once again Reynolds leading the way. However, the ‘everybody else’ is being lead by the Conneaut Area Eagles. 

After Friday opening day at Sharon High School, CASH, with seven semifinalists and four in the consolations, is second in the team standings with 62 points. They trail the seven-time state champion Raiders, who lead the field with 108 points. 

The Eagles will try to keep pace with the Raiders when the Section 2 tournament resumes today at 9:15 a.m. at Sharon High School. The tournament will conclude with the Parade of Champions and the tourney finals at 6 p.m.

The top seven finishers in each weight bracket will advance to the District 10 tournament next weekend in Sharon. 

 

The soaring seven

Conneaut’s first semifinalist of the day was 106-pounder Kyle Lantz, who opened the tournament with a pin of Hickory’s Soor Patel in 51 seconds. Lantz gets back to work against Jamestown’s Mitchell Headley in today’s semifinal round. 

Next to make it through to the semis was Collin Hearn at 132. He edged Sharon’s Eli Buck by the score of 4-2 in their quarterfinal meeting. Up next, Hearn will take on Hickory’s Carter Gill in the semis. 

At 138 pounds, Brady Gould made it to the semis thanks to a narrow 4-3 decision over Grove City’s Logan Breese in the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Gould will take on Slippery Rock’s Mason Borlan in today’s semis. 

CASH continued to wrestle strong in the middleweights, as 145-pounder Jonny O’Neil grabbed a 12-0 major over Hickory’s Ty Holland in the quarterfinals. He’ll open today’s round with a semifinal contest against Reynolds’ Camren Klenke. 

At 152 pounds, CASH’s Jesse Davenport joined the semifinal parade as he decisioned Greenville’s Glenn Lenhardt 3-0 in the quarters. That pushed the Eagle into the semifinals where he will have top seed Sully Allen of Sharon. 

Josh Anderson qualified for the semifinals at 160 pounds by defeating Mercer’s Aiden Bright by fall in 5:37. Anderson will square up against top-seeded Gage Musser of Commodore Perry in the semifinal round. 

At 195 pounds, top seed Trevor Tursky gave CASH seven semifinalists when he decked quarterfinal opponent Landen Shaffer of Slippery Rock in 1:54. Tursky’s semifinal opponent will be Anthony Gioan of West Middlesex. 

 

Four for the Fish

After Day 1, the Jamestown wrestling team finds itself in seventh place with 40 points, four wrestlers in the semifinals, and three alive in the conys. 

Among the wrestlers still in the winner’s bracket is 106-pounder Mitchell Headley. He started his day with a 28-second pin of Mercer’s Emalee Hoststler, and will go up against Conneaut’s Kyle Lantz in today’s semifinal. 

At 120 pounds, Chase McLaughlin rode his No. 1 seed into the semifinals with a fall in 1:16 over Hickory’s Cody Miller. Standing between McLaughlin and a spot in the title match will be Reynolds’ Cole Bayless. 

Jamestown 17-pounder Jed Goodlin earned his spot in the semis with a 14-5 major decision over Grove City’s Michael Knafels. Goodlin’s opponent for the semifinals will be second seed Holden Cook of Franklin. 

At 182 pounds, Hunter Cowher made it four Muskies in the semis, as he defeated quarterfinal opponent Dylan Ahern of Grove City by fall in 1:21. Up next for Cowher is a semifinal match with Reynolds’ Bryce McCloskey. 

 

O’Polka leads Sailors

The lone member of the Lakeview wrestling squad to reach the semifinal round was 138-pounder Ryan O’Polka. 

He advanced with a 13-3 major decision over Sharon’s Sam Stephenson in the quarterfinals. Up next, O’Polka will be taking on top-seeded Alex Ischo of Reynolds in the semifinal round. 

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