7 local Ohio wrestlers state-bound

While there were no local Ohio district wrestling champions Saturday, seven prep grapplers did qualify for state by finishing in the top 4.

The 2014 OHSAA individual state wrestling tourney is scheduled to get underway at Value City Arena, Jerome Schottenstein Center, on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus Thursday and run through Saturday.

In the Wilmington Division II District, Warren’s Brandon Pahl punched his first ticket to state with a fourth place finish in the heavyweight class. The junior standout posted a 4-2 record, including his 100th career mat triumph, in the tournament with his only setbacks coming against Gavin Peacock of Ross in the quarterfinal and third-place rounds.

Pahl dropped 4-2 and 3-1 decisions, respectively, to Peacock.

Last year, Pahl also lost to Peacock at district.

Marietta High junior Garrett Davis had a good outing at district but ended up finishing fifth in the 170-pound weight class. He will be an alternate at state.

The Tigers’ other district qualifier Jake Dickson went 0-2 in the double elimination event.

In the Heath Division III District, when Caldwell’s Kameron Rayner and Waterford’s Austin Lang squared off in the third place-round, both knew beforehand that each would be returning to state for the second year in a row. The two seniors were meeting for the first time on the mat in the 132-pound weight class.

Rayner, a 2013 state placer, ended up decisioning Lang 5-2 to finish third.

Kolby Rayner, Kameron’s younger brother, also qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in the 126-pound bout at district. He dropped a 4-3 decision to Ridgewood’s Cole Zeigler.

Belpre 182-pounder Jamie Barrett is headed to Columbus, thanks to a fourth place district finish. He suffered a fall to Paint Valley’s Caleb Johnson.

While Monroe Central features only seven wrestlers on its roster, two will be competing at Value City Arena Thursday. Tanner Potts, a 220-pounder, place third, and Rodney Richter, a 120-pounder, finished fourth. Richter is a veteran of state tournament action, having been there last year.

Across the Ohio River, Williamstown qualified seven grapplers to the state tournament in Huntington, W.Va. – Dalton Smith (126 pounds), Dalton George (132), Austin Raines (145), Jake Tracewell (152), 3. Logan Lindsay (160), David Hastings (195), and Cody Smith (220).

George, Tracewell, and Hastings each was was a Class AA regional champion at Mt. Zion, W.Va.

Over in Pleasants County, St. Marys qualified five to state – Tyler Davis (285), Corey Stewart (220), Jeremy Pratt (195), Anthony Herring (182), and Mikey Houser (170).