HURON — The Huron sectional is sending a highly qualified group of participants to the Division III district wrestling championships this weekend at Owens Community College.
Heading the list of 37 area qualifiers are 10 from sectional king Edison and eight more from runner-up Monroeville. St. Mary Central Catholic is sending seven wrestlers while Huron has six in the field.
Margaretta and St. Paul have three wrestlers each for the two-day event, which begins Friday and ends Saturday night. The top four wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes earn trips to the state tournament in Columbus.
Edison and Monroeville, runner-up in their respective conferences (SBC and Firelands), accounted for nine of the 14 individual champions. Edison had four winners and Monroeville had five wrestlers crowned champions.
SMCC was next with three while Huron and Lake rounded out the list of winners with one apiece.
Edison and Monroeville battled tooth-and-neck for the mostpart for the team crown, and the Chargers claimed a repeat title with 211 points, followed closely by the Eagles with 205. Genoa finished third at 181 points and SMCC placed fourth among the 10 schools with 151 points.
“We beat them last year, then they won the district,” said Edison coach Davy Hermes who was pleased with the overall performance of his team, led by champions Cam Michel (103), Kyle Burns (130), Travis Lombardi (152) and Dylan Howard (160).
Also, Jordan Cole (135) and Tyler Majoy (140) finished second while Corey Mancuso (125) and Jamie Kimberlin (145) placed third and Dalton Howard (112) and Zach Rutherford (171) wound up fourth. In that group, Hermes has two seniors.
“Dylan and Travis are the seniors and both won sectionals and I’m really happy for them. Cam has been sharp ever since he dropped from 112 o 103 and Kyle Burns looked like himself. Our kid wrestled well and we have 10 in eh district, and that’s very good,” Hermes said.
Monroeville power delivered as usual. Hunter Stiffer (125), Logan Stieber (130), Cal Clark (135), Cam Tessari (140) and Chris Phillips (171) won individual honors while Tyler Tonelli (145) and Bent Wilken (189) placed second. Terry Hamons (285) also qualified with third-place effort.
“I think this is the largest group we’ve sent to the district and I can’t ask for any more than we got through. I’m happy with the way our kids wrestled, and we may have fallen short in the short picture, but our goal is to get as many as we can to the state, then get that elusive team championship. We fell one point short a year ago and you have to be a little disappointed in the fact we didn’t win our conference and we fell short again tonight,” coach Scott Bauer said.
Logan Stieber (47-0) kept up his remarkable four-year post-season record of winning matches without going the distance. He had three falls in a matter of two minutes and 30 seconds. His younger brother, Hunter (33-1), also had three pins that covered three minutes and five seconds.
Tessari remains undefeated at 45-0 and also notched three falls, and that came in a combined time of four minutes and nine seconds. Phillips, the fourth returning state champion, and just a junior, climbed to 33-0 with 19 and 25-second falls, and a 20-7 major decision in the finals.
“Tyler Tonelli is a junior and who wrestled well and knocked off the No. 1 seed in the semis,” Bauer said.SMCC coach Rick Bellamy was also happy with his team’s overall performance.
“We are taking seven to the district and its been awhile since that has happened, and to have three champions says something about our kids,” Bellamy said.
The three SMCC champions are Joe Dauch (12), Angelo Calderon (145) and Kody Bellamy (215), the son of the coach.
“We have a young team with just one senior among the even going in Perry Smith (152) and he’s worked so had for four years and it had paid off. Joe and Angelo won big matches in the finals and I’m happy to see Kody win his match, and he’s just a sophomore,” Bellamy added.
The Panthers also qualified freshmen Alex Guerra (103) and Adam Guerra (125) and sophomore Logan Reichert (130) Alex Guerra and Reichert lost title matches.
Huron also had a champion in sophomore Nino Majoy (285) and his father, Rob, is also the coach.
“This is our first sectional champion since Nick Basting in 2006 and we’re taking six to the district and that’s a very good number for us. I believe we are on the right track and improving day by day. As for my son, I’m very happy for him and also proud of the kids we have going to the district,” Majoy said.
Huron’s other qualifiers are Josh Russo (13), Matt King (152), Zach Blodgett (160), Mauricio Vazquez (189) and Jordan Romick (215).
Margaretta’s qualifiers are seniors Matt Smith (130) and Josh Ackerman (140) and junior Charlie Cheeser (285). All three placed fourth.
Norwalk St. Paul’s district representatives are senior Cam Crum (145), junior Mitch Gross (171) and sophomore Isaac Livengood (189).
In all, the 37 area wrestlers going to Owens Tech consist of four freshmen, 13 sophomores, 11 juniors and nine seniors.
—From staff reports
At Plymouth, Five Western Reserve wrestlers and three from New London earned trips to Districts with high finishes in the sectional tournament on Saturday.
New London 130-pounder Taylor Amburgy won a 7-2 decision over South Central’s Dakota Workman for the sectional title and a district berth.
Garrett Cunningham, the Wildcats’ 103, finished third in his class after a major decision over South Central’s Joe Gavarette, 11-0. Cole Reed, New London’s 140, finished fourth, beat in the consolation match by Western Reserve’s Codie Workman.
The Rough Riders will send five to districts at Owens Community College next weekend.
Caleb Blair (112), Tim Grys (135) and Ryan Boyd (215) head to districts after second-place finishes for Western Reserve. Blair fell to South Central’s Caleb Barnett, 9-2, in the championship round. Tim Grys fell to the Trojans’ Payton Oney, 13-8. Western Reserve lost a close decision, 2-1, to Joe Whisler of Crestview.
Codie Workman defeated New London’s Reed in the 140-pound class.
Marcus Fritz rounds out the Riders’ district delegation after a first-round pin of Plymouth’s Nick Fletcher.
Western Reserve finished third overall with 133.5 points behind Crestview with 214.5 and Clear Fork with 183. New London finished 10th with 66 team points.