On the mat: Local prep wrestlers in action this weekend
Washington County’s prep wrestling teams will be scattered like the four winds this weekend.
Bill Heldman-led Marietta is slated to wrestle at the Stitchco Invitational in Coshocton at noon Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Scott Zimmer-coached Waterford will be at the Shadyside’s Last Man Standing Tournament Saturday.
Scott Adams-led Belpre will be at Circleville Elm Logan Friday and Saturday.
And, Mike Pahl-coached Warren is scheduled to compete at the Conn’s duals at Meadowbrook High in Byesville at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“I think there’s going to be eight teams in the Conn’s duals,” Pahl said. “And they’re all from up north. So, it’ll be a pretty tough tournament.”
The tourney will also feature Waynesburg, Beaver Local, Buckeye Local, New Philadelphia, Crooksville, Martins Ferry and host Meadowbrook.
Warren, 30-8 on the season, only had eight wrestlers on the mat at last Friday’s Coaches Corner Classic at Gallia Academy and finished fifth overall in a field of 16 schools.The Warriors trailed fourth-place Jackson by one point.
“If I had three or four more wrestlers on the team, we could really compete in some of these tournaments,” Pahl said. “But when you’re giving up 24 points on four forfeits…well, it’s tough.”
Pahl is hoping to have two more Warren grapplers for the Conn’s duals, he said.
“I’m hoping to have Wade Lynch ready at 195, and Payton Angelo, a transfer from Pennsylvania, at 126,” the Warren wrestling coach said.
Warren will be led by 285-pounder Brandon Pahl (19-0) and 113-pounder Levi Congleton (18-0), who are a combined 37-0 on the mat this season. Both were Coaches Corner champions, with five falls apiece.
“Brandon had a 10-second pin in his first match (vs. Unioto’s Hunter Whiteside), and was on the mat a total of 4:54 in all of his matches (out of 30 minutes),” Mike Pahl said.
Congleton, who earlier in the week recorded his milestone 100th victory in a tri-match at Warren, was just as dominating.
He of course was a state qualifier as a sophomore last winter.
Warren’s 145-pound Casey Parsons also had a good outing at Coaches Corner, placing runner-up with a 4-1 mark. The freshman grappler now owns an 18-1 record.
Chris Massey was fourth in the 220-pound weight class.
Warren’s lineup on Saturday was also include Gage Kaptis (152), Peyton Young (160), Kenny White (170), and Austin Klintworth (152).
Marietta had a respectable showing at Coaches Corner, finishing eighth in the team standings. Garrett Davis led the way with a first-place finish and 4-0 mark in the 170-pound weight division.
This weekend’s Tiger lineup is also expected to include Joshua Clark (106), Logan Dickson (145), Jake Dickson (152), Zack Hearn (160), Malachi Vaughn (160), and Anthony Winters (182).
The Coshocton Tournament is schedule to start out with a pool format and wind up with qualifiers in a single-elimination bracket Saturday at 6 p.m. Nearly 30 schools are expected to compete in the tournament.
Waterford was seventh overall in the Coaches Corner event, and school history was equaled when first-place finisher Austin Lang (132) tied Tyler Reed’s career win mark (164).
Blake Heiss also placed first at 195; Weston Wagner, third at 152; and Zeb Offenberger, fifth at 138.
At last weekend’s Cardinton Duals, Belpre was fifth in a field of 12 schools. Gavin Stalnaker (113), Manney Tullius 138), Daniel Law (145), and Ethan Wiggers (152) each went 5-0 in the tournament.
Wiggers won the most pins in least time award (10:38).
The Golden Eagles lineup will also feature Zach Davis (120), Matthew Colvin (160), Kole Counts (170), Alex Gainer (182), Jamie Barrett (195), Hayden Lowe (220), and Dakota McDaniel ( (285).