Area wrestlers qualify for state meets
Five area wrestlers have qualified for the Ohio State Championships and 21 for the West Virginia State Championships with their showings Friday and Saturday at their respective district tournaments.
Steubenville Big Red’s Tariq Wilson captured the 113-point title at the Division II Claymont district with a 12-2 major decision over Claymont’s Lane Peters
Wilson, a sophomore who qualified for the state meet last year at 106, is 46-1.
Sophomore teammate Shawn Livingston qualifed at 145 pounds when he finished third thanks to a 7-4 decision over Meadowbrook’s Bailey Jenskins.
Livingston (39-11) did it the hard way.
He dropped a quarterfinal match and then won four straight matches in the loser’s bracket.
At the Division III districts at Heath High School, Harrison Central’s Hunter Pizzino dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime decision to Garaway’s Jesse Blake at 132 pounds.
Huskies teammate Brandon White took third at 113 with a 5-1 decision over Sandy Valley’s Brandon Carbenia.
Steubenville Catholic Central’s Leo Herrmann placed third at 170 after his 5-2 decision over Union Local’s Matt McFarland. Herrmann dropped a tough 8-6 semifinal decision to eventual winner Jake Datz of Madison Plains.
The Oak Glen Golden Bears will send 13 to Huntington next week in the Class A-AA meet, while Madonna will send two.
Brooke qualified six for the Class AAA championships.
Oak Glen had three champions in Danny Wyke (113 pounds, 28-6 season record), Josh Cornell (126, 18-7) and Avery Flowers (132, 33-11).
Wyke earned a fall in 4:50 over Magnolia’s Riley Nice. Cornell captured a 3-2 decision over North Marion’s Caleb Kuhn and Flowers grabbed a 2-1 count over Kyle Elliott of North Marion.
Four took second for Oak Glen in Ryan Debee (106, 33-7), Nick Tice (138, 32-8), Alex Shuman (152, 34-9) and Noah Mills (285, 25-13).
Finishing in third place for the Golden Bears were Robert Bozek (120, 28-13), Will Hogan (160, 29-14), Devon Chadwick (170, 19-10), Noah Flowers (182, 19-14) and Dakota Price (195, 20-14). Patrick Arneault placed fourth (145, 24-18).
Madonna’s Phillip Good (132, 26-10) and Shain Livada (195, 24-10) each took fourth.
Brooke’s Preston Wise finished second at 285 after a 3-1 decision to Parkersburg South’s Thomas Hall. Michael Reiordan (9-19) earned a fall at 1:37 to take third at 106.
Placing fourth for the Bruins were Michael Max (120, 10-16), Joey Eaton (132, 16-16), Matt Doll (182, 22-14) and Casey Munger (195, 16-17).