Justin Boozer

Cochranton Justin Boozer works on top of Northwestern’s Kenton Gurnee during a 138-pound championship match at the District 10 Section 3-AA tournament at Greenville High School on Saturday. Boozer ripped off a series of upsets to claim the 138-pound crown, finished off with a 4-3 decision over Gurnee.  

GREENVILLE — Not everything went as planned for the local contingent at the District 10 2A Section 3 wrestling tournament at Greenville High School on Saturday.

Stiil, 27 grapplers from the five area teams secured nearly half of the 56 spots for next week’s Class 2A District 10 tournament at Sharon High School — six of them claiming a section title in the process. And even when things did not go as planned, often it went in the locals favor.

Exhibit A: Conneaut Area’s Trevor Tursky.

The Eagles’ freshman 182 pounder entered the championship final as the decided underdog against Maplewood sophomore J.D. McFadden. McFadden made his No. 1 seeding look easily earned as he jumped on top of Tursky 13-4 and was looking for more.

Then it happened.

“I don’t know,” said Tursky. “I guess I was looking for a defensive pin. I was looking for anything. He was trying to put my on my back.”

Tursky took advantage of it the only way he knew how. He held on for dear life.

“I just grabbed his head and he was flat,” said Tursky. “I went for it an it happened. I pinned him.”

The referee slapped the mat in 4:57 and Tursky walked off with an improbable gold medal.

It proved to be the highlight moment for a Conneaut Area team that would advance seven grapplers to the districts. But with Peyton Hearn coming up short in the 152 pound championship match against Titusville’s Luciano DeRose, and the other five grapplers having to advance through the consolation bracket, it was Tursky’s win that sent the Eagles faithful into a frenzy.

“You have to be excited when you win the section tournament,” said Conneaut head coach Carmen Russo. “Trevor’s match is an example that you wrestle to the last second. He did that and now here he is, section champ.”

Joining Tursky and Hearn at the D10 meet will be Eagles Henry Piatt (4th, 113), Wes Davenport (4th, 132), Brendan Laird (3rd, 138), Dominic Ellis (3rd, 145) and Evan Gerber (4th, 195). Laird and Hearn entered the tournament seeded first, while Ellis was a second seed.

“We have to keep executing consistently,” said Russo. “And we have to be better aware of our position.”

CASH finished fourth as a team with 124 points.

Cardinals prove toughness

Exhibit No. 2: Cochranton’s Justin Boozer.

The sophomore entered the tournament unseeded with a 15-15 mark and faced a tough field at 138 pounds. The tougher the better it would seem.

Boozer got his run started with Friday’s 5-0 decision over No. 4 seed Keegan McCann of Commodore Perry. He returned Saturday to beat No. 1 seed Laird by a score of 1-0, and then topped No. 3 seed Kenton Gurney of Northwestern 4-3 for the title. With Laird picking up a 3-0 win over McCann in the consolation final, everyone the Cochranton grappler beat is moving on to districts.

“Last year was kind of rough,” said Boozer. “I was a freshman and did not know what to expect. They have been preaching that it is in my head. I think I finally got the hang of it.”

The win over Gurnee also reversed a decision from an earlier dual. So what was the difference?

“I am not really sure,” said Boozer. My mom asked me the same question. All I could tell her is I was more confident tonight than I was before. I figured out from the dual I could give him a run for his money, and tonight I just proved it I guess.”

It was cherry on top of a solid day for Cochranton.

The Cardinals saw five grapplers advance. Besides Justin Boozer, Kalob Brown grabbed a second at 145 pounds. Shane Peterson (106) and Dalton Boozer (220) each grabbed a third, while Kaden Tatters (170) placed fourth.

“They are wrestling good,” said Cochranton head coach John Svirbly. “They are starting to figure it out. And that is great because they are all juniors and sophomores and will be back next year.”

Cochranton took sixth with 95 team points.

Muskies mount attack

Jamestown opened Saturday’s action in seventh place. They did not stay there very long.

With eight district qualifiers — second only to Greenville’s nine — and a pair of champions, the Muskies climb the ladder all the way into second place with 140 points. Greenville won the team race with 197 1/2 points, while Commodore Perry finished third with 125.

Jamestown had four finalists and actually open and closed the championship round with victories. Chase McLaughlin picked up a 4-0 win at 106 pounds, while Mitchell Nesevich added a 4-1 decision at 285. Jed Goodlin (160) and Khalil Messai (220) each placed second.

Joining that foursome in in Sharon will be Tyler Pfaff (3rd, 113), Mitchell Headley (4th, 120) Hunter Cowher (4th, 145) and Nick Calloway (4th, 152).

Devils dialed in

Cambridge Springs had four grapplers qualify for districts, led by a three section finalists.

Unfortunately, 126-pounder Tye Varndell was the only member of the team to pick up a victory in the final. Freshman Ayden Miller ran into a buzzsaw during a 13-3 major decision loss to Titusville’s Hunter Thompson. And 195-pounder Clay Verbanac dropped a 3-1 heartbreaker in overtime to Greenville’s Brendan Calvin.

However, Spa head coach Jim Beach was not too concerned.

“(Clay) was upset after that match,” said Beach. “But he was third at sections last year. He then went on to win districts and regions and then place fourth at states. So I am not to concerned about it. You just have to advance.”

Also advancing for Cambridge was Jacob Jones, who placed fourth at 160 pounds.

Tigers milestone

Maplewood is taking three grapplers to districts despite McFadden’s tough loss.

Pacing the Tigers was Dylan Proper, who picked up a 7-0 decision over Greenville’s Barrett Gentile in the 170-pound championship match. It not only gave the senior another section title — he won last year as well — it was also the 100th win of his career. Chevy Blake, who also won a section title last year, placed third at 195 and also advances.

“I would have liked to have gotten one or two,” said Maplewood head coach John Parker. “But thats the way the chips fell.”

Other champs

There were eight other grapplers to walk away with section titles yesterday.

Host Greenville, which had a tournament-high nine D-10 qualifiers, picked up the most champs with five. Aaron Gelvin (120) and Josh Christner (160) won by fall. Mason Karpinski (145) and Calvin (195) won by decision. Jacob McMaster added a major decision at 220.

Rounding out the gold medalists were Titusville’s Thompson (113) and DeRose (152), and Northwestern’s Caiden Mooney (132).

UC and Saegertown send 13 from Region 1

Meadville Tribune

UNION CITY — Harbor Creek picked up the team title a the District 10 Class 2A Section 1 tournament at Union City High School on Saturday, but the locals didn’t make it easy for them.

Host Union City and Saegertown accounted for 13 District 10 qualifiers, with the Bears taking second place in the team standings. Harbor Creek finished with 159 1/2 points, with Union City (146.5) just 13 points back. Eisenhower was third with 127 points and Fort LeBoeuf was fourth with 106. Saegertown ended up fifth with 105 points.

Leading the way for the host school were Will Burgess (113), Gavin Henry (170) and Matt Long (285). All three won section titles as Union City finished with a tournament-high three champs. Judah Gardner lost his 120-pound bout or it could have been four titleists for the Bears.

Also advancing for Union City were Austin Jaquith (third, 145 pounds), Esteban Waldman (third, 152), Marshall VanTassel (third, 182), Nick Kaday (fourth, 195) and Tyler Hedderick (third, 220).

Saegertown had five grapplers claim podium spots on Saturday.

Cody Mulligan continued his run at a second straight state title, winning another section crown with a pin over Fort LeBoeuf’s Julian Gorring at 182 pounds. Kenny Kiser also won a section crown by pinning Harbor Creek’s Nick Oosterkamp at 126. Alex Kightlinger was second at 113, losing to Union City’s Burgess.

The other two Panthers to advance — Jaeden Reagle (120) and Dawson Bartholomew (132) — each placed fourth.

Others grabbing region titles were Harbor Creek’s Sam Sallot (132) and Lucas Folmar (195); Fort LeBoeuf’s Isaac Crowell (120) and Trenton Pace (152); Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay (106) and Josef Bauer (220); North East’s Dylan Muscarella (138), Youngsville’s Aaron Morris (145); and Iroquois Joe Galvin (160).

State champ Reynolds rules roost at Section 2

Meadville Tribune

SHARON — Anyone familiar with District 10 wrestling over the last couple decades would not be surprised by the performance of the Reynolds wrestling team at the Section 2-AA championships, which wrapped up Saturday at Sharon High School. 

The reigning PIAA team champion Raiders claimed the title in 10 of 14 weight classes, while cruising to the lead in the team standings with a voluminous 265.5 points. Mercer was second with 103.5 points. 

Section champions for the Raiders included Gary Steen at 106; defending state champ Beau Bayless at 113; Andrew Ischo at 120; Kaeden Berger at 126; Rocco Bartolo at 132; Cole Matthews at 138; Hunter Michaels at 145; Bryce McCloskey at 170; Jarod Miller at 195 and Wyatt Owen at 220. 

The four other wrestlers to sneak out Section 2 titles were Sharon’s Sully Allen at 152; Grove City’s Tyler Greer at 160; Slippery Rock’s Kaleb Kamerer at 182; and Mercer’s Bobby Gregory at heavyweight. 

Locally, Lakeview had six wrestlers finish in the top four and thus advance to next weekend’s District 10 tournament. 

Tyler Zebrovious was second at 220, losing to Reynolds’ Owen 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker. Max Wills (285) and Greg Ferlin (182) each finished third. Sawyer Daugherty (195), Ryan O’Polka (120) and Wyatt Zebrovious (113) all finished fourth. 

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