Mat tri-match at Belpre tonight
After wrestling with a polar vortex for the past couple of days, Warren, Marietta, and Belpre are looking forward to getting back to business on the mat.
At 6 p.m. tonight, the Scott Adam-coached Golden Eagles are scheduled to host the Mike Pahl-led Warriors and Bill Heldman-coached Tigers in a tri-match.
Warren last competed in Conn’s Duals at Meadowbrook High in Byesville Saturday. Wrestling short-handed again, only eight Warriors were suited up. Marietta, also with only eight grapplers, was also in action that day at the Stitchco Invitational in Coshocton, and Belpre was at the Logan Elm Invitational.
“We did OK at Conn’s,” Pahl said. “But we would’ve done better if we hadn’t had the forfeits.”
Warren’s Levi Congleton continued his winning ways with a 5-0 mark, which included four wins at 113 pounds and one at 120. The junior standout and 2013 state qualifier improved his record to 23-0 on the season.
Congleton will probably wrestle Belpre’s Gavin Stalnaker. Marietta had no one in this weight class in its last match at the Stitchco Invitational.
Warren had four wrestlers at Conn’s post 4-1 marks – Casey Parson (138/145, 22-2), Austin Klintworth (145/152), Chris Massey (220), and Brandon Pahl (285, 23-1)).
Parsons, if he wrestles 138, is expected to be matched up against Belpre’s Manney Tullius. If he competes at 145, his competition will be Belpre’s Daniel Law.
Marietta has no one at 138, but Logan Dickson is its 145-pounder.
Klintworth will probably square off against both Law and Dickson. Massey is expected to wrestle Belpre’s Hayden Lowe. The Tigers have no one at 220.
Pahl will probably face Belpre’s Dakota McDaniel. MHS has no one at 285.
Warren 182-pounder Kenny White was 3-2 at Conn’s, and he’ll likely face Belpre’s Alex Gainer and Marietta’s Anthony Winters.
Warren’s Peyton Young and Gage Kaptis can wrestle at either 152 or 160. Their 152-pound competition will probably be Belpre’s Ethan Wiggers and Marietta’s Jake Dickson, who was 7-3 at Stitchco. At 160, Belpre’s Matthew Colvin and Marietta’s Josh Burke – who was 6-4 at Stitchco – Zach Hearn or Malachi Vaughn, will be the opposition.
If Warren’s Wade Lynch is ready at 195, he’ll be pitted against Belpre’s Jamie Barrett and Marietta’s Josh Montgomery. Marietta’s Garrett Davis is expected to be the favorite at 170, and will face Belpe’s Kole Counts and Warren’s White, if he drops a weight class. Davis was 6-2 at Stitchco.
Marietta’s Joshua Clark will probably earn two forfeit wins, because neither Warren or Belpre has a 106-pounder.
Zach Davis is Belpre’s 120-pounder, and he could wrestle Congleton, if the Warrior moves up a weight class.
Overall, Belpre has a slight advantage, because it has more wrestlers competing. But in a tri-match, anything is possible.