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Steubenville wrestlers remain perfect, top Beaver Local

Steubenville's Ethan Pappas faces off against Jonathan Potts of Beaver Local in a 170-pound match Saturday at Beaver Local. -Contributed

CALCUTTA — Perennial OVAC powerhouses Steubenville and Beaver Local met on the mat Saturday morning, putting their respective unbeaten dual records on the line.

When the final whistle blew, it was Big Red who remained perfect on the season. Steubenville (6-0) rolled by the Beavers (11-1), who were ranked eighth in the state in Division II, 42-20.

Steubenville jumped out to an early lead by taking the first four matches of the day. Cal Beadling got things rolling for Big Red with a pin at 106 pounds. Ethan Stimpert (112) earned a forfeit win, Anthony Shevlin (120) came out on top of a 6-2 decision and Anthony Hill (126) followed with a 2-0 overtime victory.

The Beavers utilized two pins and a major decision to cut Big Red’s lead to 18-16 before the first of two marquee matchups on the day.

At 152, Beaver Local’s Logan Ours, who holds the No. 2 spot in Division II 145 pounds, bumped up to wrestle previously unbeaten Tyler Muldrew, who is seventh at 152. A 9-3 decision by Ours gave the Beavers a 19-16 edge. The Beavers would win just one more match on the day, taking the heavyweight bout.

Big Red’s Aaron Ferguson, who is fourth in Ohio at Division II 160 pounds, earned a pin to remain unbeaten on the season. Ferguson was expected to wrestle the Beaver’s Logan Krulik, who sits just beneath the Big Red senior in the state rankings at No. 5, but Krulik sat out Saturday’s match.

In another match with state implications, Steubenville’s Ethan Pappas, who is ranked No. 4 at Division II 170 pounds, faced off against No. 11 Jonathan Potts. Pappas picked up a 3-0 victory.

Securing the win for Big Red were Brandon Kinney (182) with a major decision, Nate King (195) with a pin and Spencer Ostovich (220) with a 6-2 decision.

Steubenville returns to the mat Wednesday against another OVAC foe when East Liverpool visits the Crimson Center for Big Red’s senior night.

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