Prep Roundup: St. C. matmen, swimmers shine; UL boys prevail
WELLSBURG — Wheeling Park finished second to Erie Cathedral Prep in the Fred Ferguson Brooke Classic wrestling tournament Saturday night at Brooke High School.
The Patriots accumulated 194.75 points, which was 21.25 behind the winners. St. Clairsville finished sixth with 125, while Oak Glen was ninth with 81.
Wheeling Park’s Andrew Shelek (138) continued his hot streak. The OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament champion won by pin over Erie Cathedral Prep’s Ben Tirpak to improve to 25-7. The senior had three pins and a decision.
Finishing second for the Patriots were Nate Shelek (120) and Erick Brothers Jr. (182). Third-place finishers included Stevie Mitchell (145), Billy Gooch (152) and Canon Welker (160).
The Red Devils were led by OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament champion Koen Kish (126). The junior moved to 25-2 with a 7-6 decision over Erie Cathedral Prep’s Kaeman Smith. Kish recorded two pins and a pair of decisions en route to his title.
Senior Derek Witsberger (220) was runnerup to Erie Cathedral Prep’s Dorian Crosby. Taking third was sophomore Caden Stout (138).
Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall (152), who recently won his third OVAC Rom Mauck Tournament title, also continued his torrid streak by pinning Erie Cathedral Prep’s Marques McClorin in the finals. It was his fourth fall of the event. He is now 34-2.
Hall and Fairmont Senior’s Zach Frazier (285) were voted as co-Most Outstanding Wrestlers by tournament coaches. Both are three-time West Virginia state champions. Frazier is now 26-0.
West Holmes Invitational
AT MILLERSBURG, Indian Creek (167.5) finished third in the team race, while Barnesville (98) tied for ninth.
The Redskins had individual titlists in Austin Starr (170) and Elijah Llewellyn (195). Dom Paterra (138) and Gavin Dondzilla (182) were runnerups. Trevor Myers (120) and Tyler Smarrella (220) were both third.
The Shamrocks’s Griffen Stephen (113), Carter Wells (120), Jacob Boulet (145) and Owen Oliver (160) all finished fourth. Cameron Woods (152) was fifth.
Buck Bailey Invitational
AT WELLSVILLE, Shadyside’s Jakob Klug (170) finished second . The Tigers were ninth with 55 points.
East Richland 36,
Jefferson Co. Christian 32
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ava Brunner netted 20 points, while teammate Halee Hastings added 10 as East Richland Christian improved to 8-5 with a victory against Jefferson County Christian.
River 51, Steub. CC 45
STEUBENVILLE — River scored the game’s initial 12 points, then held on from there to earn a victory. Alli Long led the way for the Pilots.
Union Local 62,
RICHMOND — Luke Merritt drained six 3-pointers on his way to 32 points as Union Local upended Edison.
Nathan Meyer collected 15 points for the Jets.
Alec McBane and Andrew Pugh paced the Wildcats with 13 points each and Noah Woods followed with 12.
St. Clairsville Girls, New Philly Boys
Win at Steubenville
STEUBENVILLE — Casadie DiBetta won the breaststroke (1:07.06) and the butterfly (1:02.91) to lead the St. Clairsville girls to victory.
Brenna Planey was triumphant in the 500 (5:44.51) and the 50 (26.75), while Maggie Marody captured the 100 (57.78) and the 200 (2:02.30).
Ethan Banks led the St. C. boys with wins in the 200 (1:56.62) and the IM (2:13.88), while Jarrett Bolinger was first in the breaststroke (1:05.42) and the 50 (23.45).