OVAC schools well-represented at Division II, III district tourneys
The road to the 83rd annual Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling championships continues this weekend with district tournament action at a pair of sites for Eastern District schools. The Division II teams will head to Gallia Academy High School, while the D-III will converge on Coshocton High School.
Twenty-one Ohio Valley Athletic Conference schools will be well-represented as 127 individuals are entered in the two tournaments, with 67 competing in D-III. The top 4 placers in each weight class will advance to the state tournament on March 13-14. However, this year’s event will not be staged on the campus of Ohio State University due to COVID-19 restrictions. D-II schools will head to Marengo Highland High School while D-III qualifiers venture to Marion Harding High School.
The schedule for this weekend’s action will be similar to last weekend’s sectionals. The tournaments will be broken down into two sessions, with session one including weight classes 106 through 145.
Session two will have 152 through 285. One difference is that the districts are two-day events, with two rounds of championship matches and two rounds of consolation matches in each session being contested on Friday at each site.
Division II sessions begin Friday at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., while Division III starts at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Admission is $10 per person and each wrestler is allocated four tickets, per OHSAA guidelines. Masks will be mandated and social distancing is required.
Only two area schools — St. Clairsville and Union Local — compete in this division.
The Red Devils qualified nine individuals from the Steubenville Sectional, with one-third of them capturing championships. They were seniors Koen Kish (132) and Reese Skaggs (220), along with sophomore Logan Fry (285).
Zach McKeever (120), Harrison Kazmirski (126) and Caden Stout (145) all finished as runnersup, while Gannon Kazmirski (106) was third. Mason McCort (152) finished fourth.
The Jets will have two entrants in Brady Crum (152) and Claude Romshak (170). Crum was fourth at the Claymont Sectional while Romshak was third.
Barnesville and Martins Ferry each qualified 10 individuals last Saturday during the Barnesville Sectional. However, the Purple Riders now have 11 entrants as freshman Shayden Fogle (138) was added after serving as an alternate.
The Shamrocks had seven champions in Reese Stephen (106), Dakota King (113), Griffen Stephen (120), Skyler King (126), Logan Tague (132), George Hoover (138) and Cameron Woods (160).
Other qualifiers are Jacob Boulet (170), Orion Smith (195) and Jadyn Lucas (285).
Purple Riders winning sectional titles were Kameron Hughes (170), Noah Duck (195) and Zak Dobson (220).
Also heading to Coshocton are Chase Goff (160) and Zeke Bruney (285) who were runnersup. Finishing third were Dylan Ward (106), Kyler Oliver (113), Jonathan Rossano (132), Trey Regis (138) and George Hulsey (152).
Harrison Central qualified six from the Sandy Valley Sectional, with Lucas Thomas (220) earning runnerup honors. Placing third were Jaydis Yoho (113) and Jeramy Malcomb (120), while Dawson Vich (132), Gabe Marbais (138) and Hunter Bittinger (145) were all fourth.
Buckeye Local has five qualifiers, led by sectional kingpins Brian Palmer Jr. (152) and Alexio Morales (195). Trevor Herbert (120) was second; Logan Dentz (113) and Ayden Krupinski (160) were both fourth.
River also has five as sectional champ Marshal Bier (285) paces the Pilots, who also have Christopher Heavner (120), Nick Macheca (182), Braden Strawn (195) and Noah Lively (220).
Beallsville and Shadyside each have two qualifiers.
The Blue Devils are James Palmer (126) and Wyatt VanDyne (152).
The Tigers are Andrew Osman (145) and Brendan Schrader (160). Osman was a sectional champion.