COLUMBUS - Only one of the eight area wrestlers is still alive for a Division III state championship.
Martins Ferry's Jonathan Bodkin is the lone local grappler still in the championship bracket. The Purple Riders' 285-pounder earned his first state tournament victory with a 2-1 edging of Norwalk St. Paul senior Connor Careless.
Bodkin, who is now 41-2, was to meet Akron Manchester senior Jacob Hanzel, who improved to 33-3 with a pin in 1:05, today in the quarterfinals. Hanzel was the Garfield Heights district titlist.
Five other local wrestlers are alive in the consolation bracket after dropping their first round matches, but winning their first consolation bracket bout.
Shadyside's duo of Greg Quinn (106) and Brett Kahl (138) are still in line for third place in their respective weight divisions. Quinn lost 4-2 to Akron Manchester's Joey Bowen in the opening round, but bounced back to major decision Sandusky St. Mary C.C. by a 9-1 count. The Tigers' freshman is now 43-3.
Kahl, who is now 35-13, lost 7-3 to Massillon Tuslaw's Chance Marthey, but pinned Casstown Miami East's Austin Rush in 2:07.
Harrison Central also has a pair of individuals still alive for third place, those being Brandon White (113) and Hunter Pizzino (132).
White was pinned by Troy Christian's Michael Sergent in 1:11. However, he rebounded with a 3-1 decision over Pymatuning Valley's Mitch Skleres. The Huskies' sophomore improved to 27-11.
Pizzino was blanked 5-0 by Tontogany Otesgo's Trento Soto in his first bout. The Huskies' junior remained alive when he was awarded a rare forfeit at the state level. He is now 33-6.
Monroe Central's Rodney Richter recorded his first state tournament victory when he pinned Middlefield Cardinal's Ian mast in a lightning-quick 25 seconds. The Seminoles' junior was pinned by Milan Edison's Evan Cheek in 57 ticks in his first match.
A pair of local matmen - Union Local's Matt McFarland (170) and Monroe Central's Tanner Potts (220) were shutout in the first trip to Columbus.
McFarland was pinned in 3:22 by Beachwood defending state champion Ryan Harris. The Jets' sophomore then dropped a 6-0 decision to Blanchester's Brandon Breezley. McFarland finished the season at 39-14.
Potts, who ended up 36-8, was pinned twice. He lost to Gates Mills Hawken's Alex Stotter in 54 seconds, and then eliminated by Delta's Devon Richards in 2:05.
Wellsville's Seth Bloor is also alive for a state title at 220 pounds. The Tigers' junior advanced via injury default by Gahanna Columbus Academy's Dan Jones.
In Division II, Steubenville's Tariq Wilson (113) remained alive with a 14-5 major decision over Rocky River's Aaron Kelly. Wilson is now 47-1.
Beaver Local's Daniel Hasson advanced with a narrow, 6-5, nod over Wilmington's Zach Johnson. The Beavers' junior is now 42-4.
In Division I, Troy heavyweight Alex Dalton recorded a first round pin. He is coached by former Martins Ferry and West Liberty standout Doug Curnes.
Delta holds a 31-22 edge over Dayton Christian for top spot in Division III. Apple Creek Waynedale is third with 15.
Locally, Shadyside is tied for 25th with five points. Wellsville is one spot behind with four.
In Division II, perennial power St. Paris Graham has 35 points, which is 6.5 more than Uhrichsville Claymont. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary is third with 22. Steubenville checks in with three points.
Quarterfinal action began at 10 a.m.