State wrestling: Pahl, Rayner All-Ohio

COLUMBUS – Since losing his opening Division II bout at the state wrestling tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Thursday afternoon, Brandon Pahl thrived in the consolation rounds.

Warren’s 285-pound junior earned All-Ohio status Friday when he pinned Kostas Parrish of Hunting Valley University School at the 4:46 mark of the third period.

At the state tournament, the top 8 in each weight class get to stand on the podium Saturday.

In Pahl’s first conso match Thursday evening, he decisioned Jaqui Vanmeter of Newark Licking Valley, 7-1.

Next up on Friday night, Brandon Pahl (50-7) wrestled Joshua Kempf of Warsaw River View and won a 2-1 overtime decision.

“His conditioning paid off, because I think he just wore the kid out,” said Warren coach/father Mike Pahl said.

Brandon Pahl now faces Sheridan’s Evan Loughman Saturday. A nemesis of Pahl, Loughman edged the Warren grappler twice during the season.

“Brandon can now finish as high as third and as low as sixth at state,” Mike Pahl said. “I’m so overjoyed.”

On the second day of the tournament, Kameron Rayner (48-5) dropped out of the winners bracket when he was decisioned 9-4 by Ryan Ford of Covington in the 132-pound weight class. In the Caldwell wrestler’s opening conso match, he earned an escape point in the third period to edge Nate Frye of Cuyahoga Heights, 1-0. With the win, he clinched All-Ohio status for the second straight year.

“What a great way to end his senior year,” said Caldwell coach Tom Brown. “I’m very proud of him.”

On Thursday night, Frye had decisioned and eliminated Waterford’s Austin Lang, 6-2.

Rayner, a 138-pound All-Ohioan last year (7th place), wrestled Trent Soto of Tontogany Otsego and dropped a 4-3 decision.

The Caldwell wrestler will compete against Norwalk St. Paul Wes Fritz Saturday, and can finish no worse than seventh place

After losing his opening bout on Day 1, Monroe Central’s Rodney Richter (34-10) bounced back to flatten Ian Mast of Middlefield Cardinal in Thursday’s 120-pound conso round.

On Friday, Richter, a state qualifier last year, was ousted from state competition when he suffered a fall to Michael May of Dayton Christian.