Quinn, Kahl win Shadyside titles
SHADYSIDE — With seven individuals placing in the top four of their respective weight classes, Shadyside outscored Geneva 164-156 to win the Shadyside Last Man Standing wrestling tournament Saturday night.
Sandy Valley was third with 146, while Harrison Central finished fourth with 127. Fifth place went to Steubenville Central with 127.
The Tigers were led by champions Greg Quinn (106) and Brett Kahl (138), while Josh Kahl (120) placed second after having to injury default in the finals. Four others placed third.
“It feels great,” first-year Shadyside head coach Sean Grinch said while grasping the championship trophy. “It’s a credit to the kids and the assistant coaches for doing a good job of preparing the kids for this tournament.
“The kids put the time in over the break,” he added. “We wrestled last weekend at the Park Duals and then again this weekend. The guys busted their butts over the holidays.
“Except for the injury default by Josh, we didn’t lose a match tonight,” he continued. “The two kids won championships and four more won their third-place matches. Some kids stepped up today and that’s what we will need down the stretch to be a good team.”
Quinn, who was voted as the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, didn’t waste any time in claiming his second tournament title so far.
The Tigers’ freshman phenom got ahold of Geneva’s Will Distler around the head and never let go until the referee slapped the mat at the 1-minute, 25-second mark of the first period.
“Greg is Greg,” Grinch noted. “He’s a tough, tough freshman who has a great background, obviously. He’s dangerous and works really hard.”
In raising his record to an impressive 19-0, he seems unfazed by all of his early success.
“I just take advantage of what my opponent gives me,” Quinn said.
Kahl earned his title with a hard-fought 5-3 battle against Harrison Central’s Anthony Risley. After a scoreless first two minutes, Kahl took a 3-1 edge entering the final period. Risley got an escape to make it 3-2, but a takedown by Kahl was enough for the win as Risley earned a late escape.
“This was Brett’s first time at 138 this weekend and he wrestled well,” Grinch allowed. “He wrestled tough. He’s hard-nosed and puts the time in during the off-season. He puts extra time in after practice and I was glad to see him win the title today.”
After watching his younger brother stand atop the podium a couple of times this season, Brett, a sophomore, uses that as an inspiration.
“Seeing him wrestle well makes me want to wrestle that much better,” the older Kahl said. “I was very confident coming into this match.
Kahl is now 14-5.
The only other local champions hailed from Monroe County and were Beallsville’s Bruce Sefert (152) and River’s Brett Rosen (195).
The Blue Devils senior outlasted Steubenville Central’s Mike Crosby by a 5-1 count, scoring four points in the second period.
“I’m excited about winning the title,” Sefert, who finished second at Barnesville and Union Local earlier this season, said. “It’s nice to stand on top of the podium.”
Sefert improves to 13-2.
Rosen, the top seed, built a 3-0 lead before holding on for dear life and a 3-2 victory over Sandy Valley’s Hudson Cole. He is now 13-1.
“This feels great,” Rosen said of his title. “He’s a tough kid. It was a good match.”
River head coach Eric Rosen, Brett’s uncle, couldn’t have been any prouder.
“He did a good job. He’s been wrestling well and he had a good tournament,” Coach Rosen said.
Harrison Central had four runnerups in Brandon White (113), David Forrester (126), Hunter Pizzino (132) and the aforementioned Risley. The Huskies also had a third- and fourth-place placer.
White was decisioned 13-5 by Sandy Valley’s Brandon Carbenia, while Forrester dropped a 6-0 decision to Joe Newman, also from Sandy Valley. Pizzino lost 4-1 to Austin lang of Waterford.
“All four of the kids went against good competition,” Harrison Central head coach Bill Bryant. “It’s nice to see this kind of competition with the OVACs just two weeks away. We’ll see most of these kids there.”
Three other local grapplers finished second, those being Bridgeport’s Brad Tomolonis (170), River’s Brandon Reusser (182) and Monroe Central’s Justin Kilburn (285).
Tomolonis was pinned by Steubenville Central’s Leo Hermann in 1:09 after suffering an apparent shoulder injury.
Reusser was a quick victim of Geneva’s Jason Huelskamp in 40 seconds. Huelskamp didn’t have a point scored against him and no match lasted longer than the finals.
Kilburn was pinned by Brooke’s Preston Wise in 2:41. Wise was a W.Va. state placer last winter.
Other champions included Torontos Donnie Starkey (120) by injury default over Josh Kahl; Geneva’s Tyler Cross (145) with a 4:24 fall of Cincinnati Moeller’s Danny MacVeigh; Cincinnati Moeller’s Brady Porter (160) who major decisioned Geneva’s Kody Brown; and Cincinnati Moeller’s Jack Meyer (220) who pinned Sandy Valley’s Jake Geiger in a mere 32 ticks.