Harrison Central wrestling will advance to semis

CADIZ – Harrison Central coach Bill Bryant knew bonus points were going to be key heading into Wednesday night’s OHSAA Dual Team Tournament Division III Region 20-A quarterfinals.

The Huskies recorded three pins and a major decision in posting a 40-33 decision against Sandy Valley in the final match of the night of the night inside the John W. Stephenson Center.

The victory sends Harrison Central to next Wednesday’s regional semifinal against Massillon Tuslaw at a site to be determined. Tuslaw, the top seed in the region, advanced with a 50-25 victory against Ridgewood in Massillon.

”I feel like a kid in a candy store right now,” Bryant said after the night’s action concluded. ”We made some moves in our lineup to get some better matchups and I thought it favored us. It paid off for us.”

Sandy Valley finished ahead of the Huskies at the Shadyside Tournament earlier this season so Bryant was eager to see how his squad would perform.

”They all wrestled so well,” he said. ”I really can’t single one guy out. It just took a team effort. I’m very proud of them.”

Starting with the 132-pound bout, Harrison Central reeled off five straight victories to gain control and three of those wins cam via fall.

Senior David Forrester got the ball rolling by pinning Colin Hughes in 1:34. Next, at 138, Hunter Pizzino went into the third period with Billy Kesling before earning a pin in 5:14.

The Huskies’ Antony Risley decisioned Alex Sterling, 10-5, at 145 before teammate Kyle Dodds, at 152, quickly pinned Patrick Fitzgerald in :46.

Cyle Riedel finished off the run by decisioning Jaret Oliver, 4-2, in the 160-pound bout.

”We bumped everyone up from 126 (pounds) up and it paid off for us,” Bryant said.

”Any time you can bump a kid of a weight class and get wins it’s huge.”

The Huskies’ other contested victory came at 113 where Brandon White topped Brandon Carbenia by major decision, 14-5.

Both teams benefited from two forfeits.

Harrison Central reached Round 3 by defeating Steubenville Catholic, 47-27, in the first match of the night for both teams.

There, the Huskies posted seven victories in contested matches, five of which resulted in bonus points.

”I thought we’d struggle to get out of the first round against them,” Bryant said.

But Harrison Central made it look easy, however, thanks to a string midway through the match in which the Huskies picked up six wins, including two forfeits.

Earning pins for the Huskies were Risley (145), Riedel (160), Westin Fogle (220) and Brenton Stull (285). White (120) won by technical fall.

The Crusaders’ Luke Coniker (126) and Leo Herrmann (182) both recorded falls.

”If you would’ve told me three weeks ago that we’d be moving on, I probably would’ve told you not this season,” Bryant said. ”But I’m glad that we are.”

Round 1

Canton Cent. Catholic 33, Tusky Valley 21

Round 2

Sandy Valley 55, Canton Cent. Catholic 15

Harrison Central 47, Steub. Catholic 27

106: Young (S) won by forfeit; 113: Kiedrowski (S) won by forfeit; 120: White (H) tech.fall Phillips, 20-4; 126: Coniker (S) p. Nepesov, 4:25 132: Forrester (H) won by forfeit; 138: Pizzino (H) d. Parise, 10-5; 145: Risley (H) p. Sarlo, 1:59; 152: Dodds (H) won by forfeit; 160: Riedel (H) p. Hernon, 4:50; 170: Boyer (H) d. Daley, 9-7; 182: Herrmann (S) p. Howes, 1:26; 195: Borden (S) d. Williams, 6-4; 220: Fogle (H) p. Rogers, 1:18; 285: Stull (H) p. Dettorre, :51.

Round 3

Harrison Central 40, Sandy Valley 33

106: Vanderpool (S) won by forfeit; 113: White (H) maj.dec. Carbenia, 14-5; 120: Newman (S) won by forfeit; 126: Offenberger (S) p. Nepesov, 1:52; 132: Forrester (H) p. Hughes, 1:34; 138: Pizzino (H) p. Kesling, 5:14; 145: Risley (H) d. Sterling, 10-5; 152: Dodds (H) p. Fitzgerald, :46; 160: Riedel (H) d. Oliver, 4-2; 170: Elifritz (S) p. Boyer, 1:08; 182: Howes (H) won by forfeit; 195: Cole (S) p. Williams, 3:12; 220: Geiger (S) d. Fogle, 6-4; 285: Stull (H) won by forfeit.