Big Red’s Pappas and Tuttle, Oak Glen’s Hall bring home OVAC gold
WHEELING — Last year, Steubenville’s Ethan Pappas and David Tuttle both came up short in the OVAC finals. This year, they came up big, both taking home the crown in their respective weight classes at the 67th annual OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships Saturday at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena.
Top-seeded Pappas, a junior, won the 160-pound championship with a pin of No. 2 seed Skyler Lasure of Beaver Local at 4:33. Pappas, ranked No. 3 in Ohio at 160, is a three-time OVAC placer.
“I couldn’t have asked anything more from Ethan this weekend,” Big Red coach Mike Blackburn said. “He came out and had a real exciting final match against a real good wrestler. He went after it and got a big win.”
Tuttle, the top seed at 182, defeated Southern Local’s Hunter Morris, 4-2. Tuttle pinned his way to the finals, including pins of five and seven seconds in the first two rounds and recorded his 150th career win in the semifinals. Tuttle, the No. 4 wrestler at 182 in Ohio Division II, finished his OVAC career as a four-time placer.
“David had a great weekend,” Blackburn said. “The year started out a little shaky, but once he got down to 182 and settled in, he started wrestling well and wrestling like himself. And, it was nice to see him it win it.”
Fellow Big Red wrestler Keith Bodnar also advanced to the finals but fell to St. Clairsville’s Reese Skaggs. Bodnar, who finished in fifth place that two years, is now a three-time OVAC placer.
“Obviously, you want to see all your guys in the final win, but sometimes it’s not in the cards,” Blackburn added. “Overall, I thought we wrestled well as team. Now we just want to keep improving and turn our attention to sectional, districts and states.”
Also for Big Red, Peyton Tuttle (220) finished eighth, Anthony Shevlin (106) placed fifth, Anthony Hill (113) was seventh, Ethan Waggoner (132) took sixth, and Aaron Ferguson (145) placed sixth. Tyler Muldrew (138) was forced to take eighth after forfeiting out do to an injury.
Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall — the most decorated wrestler in OVAC history — made his fourth OVAC appearance and won his third title. Hall, the No. 4 wrestler in the nation, defeated the No. 9 in Parkersburg South’s Brayden Roberts. Both WVU commits battled to a 3-2 final. With the match tied 1-1 with a minute and half remaining, Hall proved too quick and took Roberts to the mat for a takedown, 2 points and ultimately the win.
Hall finishes his OVAC career as a four-time finalist and a three-time champion. The two-time WVU state champion is also the only wrestler in OVAC history to win the Bierkortte Award as a freshman.
Other Oak Glen placers were Dylan Heinrich (sixth at 170), Caiden Adams (eighth at 195), Camden Barr (seventh at 106), Braxton Dlugopolski (eighth at 113), Clayton Lamb (fifth at 120), Kaden Lundy (sixth at 126) and Jonathan Creese (eighth at 138).
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Brooke’s Max Cammiletti and Danny Yost both won their last match of the night. Camilletti, who picked up his 100th win on Friday, placed third at 170. Camilletti is now a two-time OVAC placer and is ranked third in West Virginia at 170. Yost took fifth at 113.
After coming up one point short against No. 1 seeded Logan Ours in the 32-pound OVAC semifinal, Weir’s Wyatt Conley went on to take fourth. Fellow Red Rider and Conley’s cousin, Logan Walters, placed seventh at 182.
Buckeye Local’s Brian Palmer Jr. fought his way to the consolation bracket final and took fourth. Senior Panther Charles Smith won his final Ron Mauck match, taking fifth at 182.
Indian Creek saw four wrestlers step on the podium. Freshman Elijah LLwellyn placed third at 195, Austin Starr finished fourth at 170, C.J. Spencer was fifth at 132 and Dominic Paterra was fifth at 138.
Edison’s Hayden Johnson placed seventh at 138. The senior Wildcat finished his career as a three-time OVAC placer. Harrison Central’s Austin Howard finished eighth at 132.