Beaver stands tall at Shadyside Last Man Standing
SHADYSIDE — Only four local wrestlers stood atop the podium Saturday night as the Shadyside Last Man Standing Tournament came to a close.
Bridgeport, which finished third in the team standings with 167.5 points, had half of the champions as junior Tino Kusic (160) and senior Garrett Duncan (182) ruled their respective weight classes.
Kusic, a two-time Division III state qualifier who won his 100th career match during the event, pinned Sandy Valley’s Reese Franks in 5:26 to win his title, while Duncan, who qualified for the state meet last winter, flattened Beaver Local’s Alex Solansky in 1:25.
“I was pleased with the results. We had a good weekend,” Bridgeport head coach David Nelson said. “We got a couple more kids back on the mat, so we’re getting to where we want to be for the OVACs.
“Garret was a little rusty at Brecksville last weekend, but he wrestled well today,” Nelson noted. “We would’ve liked to have gotten him a couple more matches.”
Nelson said Duncan is about 90 percent after recovering from an ATV accident prior to football season.
“He’s still getting his wind, conditioning and strength back.”
As for Kusic, Nelson knows what to expect.
“Tino went out and took care of business just like we expect him to do,” Nelson said. “He is wrestling at a high level right now.”
Shadyside’s Josh Robinson (285) and Steubenville Catholic’s Kevin Cuervo (22) were the other local titlists.
Robinson pinned Bridgeport’s Layne Dunlap in 1:48. Cuervo decisioned Bridgeport’s Levi Bryant 3-1 in overtime for his title.
“I’m happy for Josh,” Shadyside head coach Sean Grinch said. “He’s been wrestling real good so far this season. We need him to keep that up.”
Beaver Local, which didn’t bring its entire ‘A’ squad, won the 13-team event by a half-point, 226-225.5, over St. Joseph Christian Academy from State College, Pa. The Beavers accomplished the feat with only two champions and three runnersup, while SJCA had seven titlists.
Winning for Beaver Local were Damien Emmert (132) and Sam Lowe (195).
SJCA champions included Amonn Ohl (106), Ethan Kauffman (113), Zach Whitmer (120), Malachi Duvall (126), Caleb Downing (138), Evan Courts (145) and Keegan Rothrock (152). Downing, who defeated Bridgeport’s Mason Kuneff, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the second straight year.
Sandy Valley’s Joshua Newell (170) was the other winner.
Shadyside Last Man Standing Tournament
(at Shadyside H.S.)
TEAM SCORING: 1 Beaver Local 226; 2 St. Joseph Academy (PA) 225.5; 3 Bridgeport 167.5; 4 Sandy Valley 152; 5 Caldwell 91.5; 6 Shadyside 70; 7 Steubenville Central 65; 8 Toronto 65; 9 Linsly 64; 10 Brooke 58.5; 11 River 36; 12 Beallsville 24; 13 Monroe Central 6
106: Amonn Ohl (SJCA) p. Colton Duggan (BvL), 2:45
113: Ethan Kauffman (SJCA) d. Marshal Niswonger (Cald), 12-5
120: Zach Whitmer (SJCA) p. Brendan Schrader (Shady), 1:32
126: Malachi Duvall (SJCA) md. Levi Pemberton (Cald), 13-2
132: Damien Emmert (BvL) p. Wyatt VanDyne (Bealls), 1:05
138: Caleb Downing (SJCA) md. Mason Kuneff (Bpt), 11-0
145: Evan Courts (SJCA) d. Julian Simmons (SJCA-U), 2-0
152: Keegan Rothrock (SJCA) p. Chris Yanni (BvL), 0:56
160: Tino Kusic (Bpt) p. Reese Frabks (SV), 5:26
170: Joshua Newell (SV) p. Victor Giovengo (Lin), 3:59
182: Garrett Duncan (Bpt) p. Alex Solansky (BvL), 1:25
195: Sam Lowe (BvL) p. Andrew Solansky (BvL-U), 2:41
220: Kevin Cuervo (SCC) d. Levi Bryant (Bpt), 3-1, OT
285: Josh Robinson (Shady) p. Layne Dunlap (Bpt), 1:48
106: Chris Heavener (Riv) p. Bryan Cattrell (Tor-U), 1:04; 113: Lane Aikey (SJCA) p. Doug Whitman (Tor), 0:37; 120: Nathan Cox (BvL) p. Jacob Niswonger (Cald), 3:30; 126: Cooper Hemming (SV) d. Garrett Dozier (Tor), 10-3; 132: Elliott Dean (Bpt) d. Devon Watkins 10-3; 138: Colin Wiley (Cald) tf. Jacob Newell (SV), 4:59; 145: Caleb Blair (SV) d. Garrett Morris (BvL), 7-1; 152: Cameron Blair (SV) p. Jesse Law (Brk, 0:49; 160: Josh Speelman (BvL) p. Austin Nolder (BvL-U), 4:23; 170: Mike Hermann (SCC0 d. Jarret Deaton (Bpt), 2-1; 182: Seth Coburn (Brk) won by bye; 195: Ethan Lively (Riv) p. Chance Knight (Lin), 1:05; 220: Nicholas Wutovich (BvL); Zach Kuneff (Bpt); 285: Alex Post (BvL); Randy Johnson (SV).