St. C. wrestlers win WCH Tourney; Bellaire, Harrison, Ferry boys win
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — St. Clairsville has dominated Ohio Valley teams all season. Saturday the Red Devils showed some outside squads what they are capable of.
Piling up an impressive 235 points, St. Clairsville rolled to to the team title at the Washington Court House Bracket Tournament. Second-place Indian Valley managed 168.
“The kids came ready to wrestle. each round they kept impressing the coaching staff,” head coach Joel Sansone said. “We kept it rolling into the finals.
“Success breeds success and when some of the kids saw what others were doing, they picked it up and joined in the success,” he added.
The Red Devils, despite not having Koen Kish in the lineup due to sickness, registered five champions, two runnersup, a third, a fourth, a fifth and two sixths. Kish, who is 19-1 and ranked No. 1 in Division II by Borofan, tested negative for COVID, according to his coach.
Gannon Kazmirski (106), Josh DeNoble (138), Caden Stout (145), Austin DaRe (170) and Reese Skaggs (220) all stood atop the podium.
Kazmirski, now 18-4, posted a 17-0 technical fall in his title tilt, while the other four recorded pins. DeNoble, the fifth seed, won in 3:10 to improve to 15-6. Stout raised his record to 20-3 with a 2:53 fall and DaRe, now 21-2, needed 5:02. Skaggs, 15-1, won in a mere 48 ticks.
Stout was the lone Red Devil to compete four times, winning all four by fall.
Taking second were Mason McCort (152) and Jacob Walker (182). Finishing third was Harrison Kazmirski (126) while Cody Stecyk (195) was fourth. Taking fifth were Nate Witsberger (160) and Logan Fry (285). Reserve Reese Spomer (160), competing as unattached, defaulted out to place sixth.
Barnesville Rolls Twice
HEATH — The Shamrocks continued their dominance with a trio of blowout triumphs Saturday. They rocked West Muskingum and Heath by identical scores (78-6) and defeated Utica (73-6).
Skyler King (126) and Logan Tague (138) both went 3-0 on the day, with each recording three pins.
Barnesville was the recipient of 20 forfeits on the day.
Jake Boulet (170) recorded his 100th win.
Martins Ferry Sweeps Tri
BRIDGEPORT — The Purple Riders picked up a pair of dual meet wins Saturday with victories over Southern Local (42-39) and Bridgeport (60-9).
Noah Duck (170) won both of his matches by pins.
Zak Dobson (220) pinned his Southern Local opponent as the Purple Riders rallied for the win. It was the last match of the dual.
Buckeye Local Splits Quad
CANTON — The Panthers went 2-2 at the Canton Central Catholic duals.
Brian Palmer Jr. was one of three Buckeye Local individuals to go 4-0 on the day. The senior collected his 150th career win and is only 19 away from breaking the school record.
Logan Dentz and Trevor Herbert also went 4-0 on the day.
The Panthers defeated Massillon Jackson B (36-30) and Massillon Perry B (36-6), but fell to Orrville (42-30) and Smithville (48-18).
Bellaire 57, Monroe Central 49
BELLAIRE – The homesteading Big Reds demonstrated impressive resolve Saturday night in bouncing back from a tough Friday loss to rival St. Clairsville to fend off Monroe Central.
Bellaire owned a 10-point lead at halftime and the Seminoles got as close as two in the fourth, but the Big Reds were able to answer each time Monroe made a run.
The return of junior Jaren Cash to the lineup after he missed a couple of games due to injury paid dividends. He scored a game-high 20 points. Senior David Zwack added 13 and junior Owen Ward added 10.
Monroe was led by Malachi Rose-Burton, who scored 14, and Garet Cramer, who finished with 12.
Harrison Central 48, River 45
HANNIBAL – Invading Harrison used a strong fourth quarter to post a cherished road victory against River.
Senior standout Kobe Mitchell was once again impressive. He scored 31 of the Huskies points and was the lone player in double figures.
River was led by sophomore Ty Long’s 17. Classmate Brody Lollathin added nine points.
Martins Ferry 34, Indian Creek 32
MARTINS FERRY – The Purple Riders (5-6) made it two wins in as many days with a hard-earned victory against the Redskins Saturday afternoon.
Fresh off scoring his 1,000th career point, Ferry senior Logan Smith led the Riders again, netting 18.
Indian Creek was led by Isaiah Vandine’s 12 points.
Toronto 73, Bridgeport 61
TORONTO – The visiting Bulldogs dropped to 8-7 on the season with the 12-point loss to the Red Knights.
Senior Dylan Gregorcic continued his fine play, scoring 20 points. Seniors Cooper Dulesky and Reise O’Kernik added 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Toronto was led by Brent Reeves and Blake Close who went for 21 and 14 points, respectively.
East Liverpool 62, St. Clairsville 56
EAST LIVERPOOL – In a rematch of the 2020 Buckeye 8 championship game, the Red Devils suffered a similar result. They found themselves on the short end of a 62-56 reading.
St. Clairsville (6-6) maintained a 34-25 lead at the half and a two-point advantage entering the final chapter. However, the Potters outscored the Devils 18-10 in the final period.
The Red Devils were led by junior Ryan McCort, who tossed in 26. Will Balgo added 11.
The Potters were paced by Devin Toothman’s 26.