Nine D-II matmen head to districts

Buckeye Local produced two sectional champions during Saturday’s finals of the Division II Sectional hosted by the Panthers at Connorville.

Senior Nate Kirk and sophomore Josh Sokolowski continued their excellent 2012-13 campaigns by being crowed sectional champions Saturday.

Kirk, the Panthers’ talented veteran and Sokolowski, Buckeye’s savvy sophomore, both advance to this week’s upcoming district event hosted by Heath High School.

Additionally, the Panthers of first-season coach Guy Nestor boasted a pair of third place survivors Saturday and two fourth place finishers, all of whom will be joining their teammates at Heath.

Harrison Central’s Huskies accounted for one third placer and two fourth place grapplers during Saturday’s action. That trio is also district bound for coach Bill Bryant’s matmen.

Kirk elevated his outstanding overall record to 42-8 following a tense 4-3 championship match decision at 138 of Beaver’s Daniel Hasson. Sokolowski, meanwhile, was an 11-5 decision victor over Edison’s Chris Leake for the 152-pound crown.

Earning third place nods for Buckeye were 113-pounder Sam Ronevich and 160-pound freshman Tristan Jones. Ronevich improved his season ledger to 38-14 after scoring a narrow 3-2 decision of Steubenville’s Dakotah Goff. Jones is now 27-17 after outlasting Carrollton’s Jonathan Dunlap by a 9-6 count.

Panthers’ senior JP Solomon settled for fourth place, good for a district bid, after falling 6-5 to John Glenn’s Matt Tom at 182 pounds. Buckeye’s heavyweight, frosh prospect Simeon Smith, will also get a taste of district competition. Solomon placed fourth in a consolation round setback against Carrollton’s Jordan Houyouse.

Harrison Central produced a third place performance from 126-pound sophomore Hunter Pizzino who’ll take an impressive 37-9 mark on to districts. Pizzino was a major decision 15-7 victor over Carrollton’s Dustin Pape.

Joining Pizzino next weekend at Heath are Huskie teammates Anthony Heavilin and David Forrester. Heavilin, HC’s 106-pound freshman, dropped a decision to Carrollton’s CJ Brady in a consolation round scrap. Heavilin takes a 28-9 mark to Heath.

Forrester, the Huskies’ junior grappler at 126, sports a 26-11 record after falling by a 1-0 count to Beaver’s Jason Keyes.

Not surprisingly, Steubenville Big Red racked up some 288 points and boasted seven sectional champs enroute to the overall team title. Carrollton, with 238.50 points was a relatively close second. Beaver placed third at 205 with Buckeye (108.50) and Harrison (96.50) placing fourth and fifth, respectively.