COLUMBUS - A pair of young Newcomerstown High wrestlers and one from Indian Valley earned all-Ohio status by placing in the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University on Saturday.
Newcomerstown sophomore Gavin Weaver earned a fifth place finish in the Division III 113-pound weight class while freshman teammate Logan Hursey placed sixth at 126 pounds. Indian Valley junior Brady O’Connor placed sixth in the D-II 120-pound division.
Weaver dropped his opening match, 5-4, to Max Boaz of Cincinnati Country Day; scored an 11-1 major decision over Jake Edelman of Andover Pymauning Valley; edged Caldwell’s Marshal Niswonger, 2-1; lost via pinfall to Ray Adams of Milan Edison in 5:55 and then won the fifth-sixth place consolation bout over Antonio Lecki of Millbury Lake, 5-4.
"I tried to stay calm and continue working my moves from the bottom," said Weaver. "I knew I'd end up scoring eventually and I got a Peterson and scored five points with about 20 seconds left."
With a 3-2 record at Columbus, Weaver finished the season with a 47-8 overall record.
Like Weaver, Hursey lost his opening match - a 15-3 major decision to Zach Larue of Akron Manchester - but he came back strong by pinning Trevor Schaller of Swanton in 1:27 and Gavin Ramos of Galion Northmore in 1:59. He then lost an 11-3 major decision to Tommy Hoskins of Legacy Christian Academy and dropped a 10-4 decision to Devan Hendricks of Jamestown Greenview in the fifth-sixth place consolation tilt.
"This is a good accomplishment," said Hursey, "but we're not satisfied with it. We're going to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes."
By going 2-3 at the state tournament, Hursey capped a strong frosh season with a record of 47-7.
Indian Valley’s O’Connor opened the tournament with a 5-3 decision over Bryce Davis of Springfield Kenton Ridge before dropping a 15-5 major decision to Matthew Cardello of Cuyahoga Falls CVCA. He then beat Matthew Kaufmann of Fairview Park Fairview, 7-4, and Kyle Peterson of Aurora; lost to Dominic Carone of Streetsboro, 3-0; and lost the fifth-sixth place consolation match to Jacob Johnson of Plain City Jonathan Alder, 5-1.
"My goal is to work even harder in the off season, come back stronger and be in the finals next year," said O’Connor, who made his third trip to the state tournament. "I need to work on strength, speed, my basics ... everything."
O’Connor’s 3-3 record at the state tourney gave him a final record of 46-6.
Indian Valley Junior Dalton Burcher went 1-2 at 126 pounds, falling to Jake Bartinelli of Medina Buckeye, 3-1; pinning Jordan Hoselton of Chillicothe Zane Trace in 35 seconds and then falling to Isaiah Wortham of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 4-2.
Junior Adam Lenhoff was also 1-2 in the 132-pound divisoin, dropping a 3-1 decision to Edward Suber of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary; beating Emileo Calderon of Sandusky Perkins, 2-1; and losing to Jacson Muldrew of Steubenville, 2-1.
Two Indian Valley wrestlers lost twice on the opening day.
Therron Stocker dropped a 9-2 decision to Mike Clark of Medina Buckeye and a lost via tech fall (16-1) to Cole Houser of Benjamin Logan in the 138-pounddivisoin while Brodey Parsons was pinned by Nick Crawford of Canfield in 1:37 and by Justin Ocheltree of LaGrange Keystone in 195-pound action.
Newcomerstown’s Coltin Meek was disqualified in his match with Kyle Ryder of Massillon Tuslaw and then lost a 2-1 decision to Matt Hall of Bethel-Tate.