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Several local wrestlers advance to more OVAC tourney action today

DOMINATING — Steubenville’s Ethan Pappas dominates a 160-pound match against Spencer Knight of Linsly during the second day of the OVAC Wrestling Tournament Friday at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena. Pappas won by a pin the first period. -Staff Photo

WHEELING — After four championship rounds and two days of wrestling, the 67th annual Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships will run to its conclusion tonight at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena.

Several local wrestlers moved on to today’s rounds and have guaranteed themselves a spot on their respective podiums. Below is a look at Friday’s results and highlights.

‘HALL’ OF FAME

Top-seeded at OVACs and ranked fourth in the nation, Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall put himself within one win of a fourth OVAC final appearance. Hall was a champion in 2017 and 2019. On Friday, he advanced to the 152-pound semifinals with two wins.

The senior Golden Bear and WVU commit pinned Brooke’s Jacob Smith in 14 seconds in Friday’s first round. Hall later pinned Cameron Woods in the quarterfinals. He faces Wellsville Justin Sarge in the semifinals today.

BEARS ARE BACK

Aside from Hall, several other Golden Bears guaranteed themselves Top 8 finishes but wrestling through the consolation bracket. They are Camden Barr (106 pounds), Braxton Dlugopolski (113), Clayon Lamb (120), Kaden Lundy (126), Jonathan Creese (145) and Caiden Adams (195).

ON A ROLL

The Steubenville wrestling team advanced three to today’s semifinals (all three are top seeds in their respective weight classes).

At 160 pounds, Ethan Pappas secured his third-straight berth in an OVAC semifinal with a tech fall over Parkersburg South’s Jude Childers. He next faces Union Local’s Brady Crum, the fourth seed.

At 182, David Tuttle won by a pin over Beaver Local’s Alex Solansky. He will take on No. 4 Justin Bartlet of Cambridge.

At 195, Keifer Bodnar pinned Warren Local’s Austin Carpenter. He will wrestle fourth-seeded Richie McFarland of Martins Ferry.

Other Big Red wrestlers who took losses Friday but battled back and guaranteed placement were Anthony Shevlin (106), Anthony Hill (113), Ethan Waggoner (132) Tyler Muldrew (138), Aaron Ferguson (145) and Peyton Tuttle (220).

KEEPING IT 100

Brooke’s Max Camilletti reached a career milestone on Friday. The senior Bruin registered his 100th career win with a fall in 1:39 of Southern’s Wyatt Morris.

Camiletti went on to defeat Big Red’s Brandon Kinney in the quarterfinals. Camilletti will face No. 2 Ian Bush of Cambridge today in the semifinals.

Fellow Bruin Danny Yost (113) also advanced to the quarterfinals but fell to top-seed Cochran of John Marshall in overtime. Yost won in the consolation bracket and could still place as high as third.

MATCHING 100

Weir High’s Wyatt Conley also netted his 100th win on Friday, advancing to the 132-pound semifinals while hitting the milestone.

Conley defeated Dom Parker of University, 12-7, in the quarterfinals. Conley will face top-seeded Logan Ours of Beaver Local.

Fellow Red Rider Logan Walters (182) came through the consolation bracket to secure a medal.

YOUNG GUNS

Several local freshmen wrestlers stepped up in their Ron Mauck debuts. Indian Creek boasts three in C.J. Reese (132) Dominic Paterra (138) and Elijah LLewellyn (195), while Big Red freshman Ethan Waggoner impressed.

Paterra, Waggoner and Reese all wrestled their way to the quarterfinals but lost. Llewellyn also was a quarterfinalist and can call himself a semifinalist after majoring James Stilwagoner of Magnolia. Llewellyn next faces No. 2 Reece Skaggs of St. Clairsville.

‘STARR’

PERFORMANCE

Aside from Llwellyn, Indian Creek also advanced Austin Starr (170) to the semifinals. He will face top-seeded Logan Krulik in the today. Starr earned a major decision in the quarters.

PANTHER PRIDE

Second-seeded Brian Palmer Jr. is the only Buckeye Local wrestler still fighting to get to the top of the podium.

Palmer defeated the No. 7 seed Collin Wiley of Caldwell to earn a spot in the 145-pound semifinals, opposite Creek’s Paterra. Charles Smith (182) fell in the quarters but is still fighting for third after winning in the consolation rounds.

ALL ALONE

Hayden Johnson is the only Edison wrestler to crack the Top 8.

Johnson, a state qualifier and two-time OVAC placer, opened the tournament with three-straight wins before falling to top-seed Gavin Quiocho of Parkersburg South in the 145-pound quarterfinals. Johnson went on to earn a pin in the consolation round and will place.

Harrison Central will place one wrestler in Austin Howard at 132. The Husky, after falling in the early rounds on Friday, bounced back to secure a spot on the podium with a pin.

Toronto’s Josh Fancher will be the lone Red Knight on the podium. He sealed the deal with a bounce-back win at heavyweight.

WRESTLING BLUES

Madonna and Catholic Central failed to advance a wrestler to today’s rounds.

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