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Carrollton High School wrestling
Carrollton's Tyler Dodd was one of 11 wrestlers to qualify for this weekend's District meet at Heath High School.

The Carrollton wrestling team began the long road to Columbus last Friday and Saturday at the Buckeye Local Eastern District Division II Sectional Tournament.

Carrollton placed second out of 11 teams with 238.5 points and had two wrestlers crowned sectional champions.

“I am very proud of the way our kids wrestled this weekend,” said Carrollton Head Coach Ken Pasiuk.

“Not only did they wrestle for themselves, they wrestled for the team and school. All of the kids handled themselves with pride.”

In all, the Warriors will send 11 wrestlers to the Division II District meet Friday and Saturday at Heath High School.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the district meet.

Senior Joey Miller (120) blew through the competition, winning four matches all by pin. In the championship match he pinned Cody Oiler from East Liverpool in 26-seconds.

He opened with a pin of Tyler Gaydosh of Indian Creek in 1:02, followed by pins over Lane Weaver of Edison Local in 49-seconds and Jay Keyes of Beaver Local in 2:24.

Junior Tristan Stallard (145) had to work a little harder. He recorded two pins, a technical fall and a decision.

Stallard pinned Luke Miller of Philo in 1:23 to win the championship.
Stallard opened with a 17-2 technical fall win over Cyle Riedel of Harrison Central. He then pinned Kris Bailey of East Liverpool in 2:19 and defeated Nico Moray from Steubenville in a 4-3 decision.

Carrollton had three wrestlers place second - senior Austin Miller (182), sophomore Tyler Dodd (195), junior Austin Bentley (220).

Austin Miller opened with a pin of Austin Childers of Maysville in 1:02. He followed that with a pin of Matt DelToro of Philo in 3:21. In the semifinal match he won a 9-0 decision over J. P. Solomon of Beaver Local. In the championship bout, he fell to Charlie Keenan of Steubenville 6-3.

After getting a bye in the first round, Dodd won a 10-5 decision over John Miscuk of East Liverpool. He followed that with a pin of Stone Morgan of John Glenn in 4:39. In the championship match, he fell to Alex Presley from Maysville 6-4.

To get to the championship match, Bentley had a first round bye. In round two, he pinned Cole Hamilton in 22-seconds. Next was a 3-2 overtime win over Luke Larson from John Glenn. In the championship, Bentley battled Greg Morey of Steubenville, but fell in a 5-2 decision.

Placing third for Carrollton were junior C. J. Brady (106), freshman Joey Knipp (132), sophomore Jonathan Dunlap (160), senior Connor Mosley (170) and senior Jordan Houyouse (285).

Brady opened with a 5-2 decision over Jack Dawson of Beaver Local. In his next match he fell to Alex Potts of East Liverpool 9-7 in overtime.

In the consolation bracket, Brady pinned Brandon Logan of Edison Local in 2:27. In his match for third place he defeated Anthony Heavilin of Harrison Central in a 10-2 major decision.

Knipp opened with a 1-0 decision over Ben Van Wey of John Glenn. In his second match, Knipp was pinned by Ron Foster from Beaver Local in 1:59. In the consolation bracket, Knipp recovered to pin Nick Utt of Indian Creek in 3:48.

In the bout for third place Knipp again wrestled Ben Van Wey and won by the same score, 1-0.

Mosley received a first round bye. In round two, he won a 14-12 decision over Giovanni Rocchi from Harrison Central. In his next match, Mosley was pinned by Steubenville’s Mark Cole in 50-seconds, sending him to the consolation bracket where he pinned Slone Hastings of Maysville in 2:37. He won the third place match by injury default over Ross Barker from Philo.

Houyouse won his first match of the tournament with a pin of Dakota Bess from Philo in 34-seconds. In his next match, the Warrior was pinned by Ryan Wood from Steubenville in 5:14. He recovered to win a tough 3-2 overtime match against Blake Stotts from Maysville. In his match for third place, Houyouse pinned Simeon Smith from Buckeye Local in 2:41.

Earning fourth place finishes were senior Dustin Pape (126) and sophomore Jonathan Dunlap (160).

After an opening round bye, Pape fell to Hunter Pizzino from Harrison Central 19-6.

Next for Pape was a pin of Clay Davis from Beaver Local in 1:52. Next was a win by injury default. In his match for third place, Pape lost a 15-7 major decision to Hunter Pizzino from Harrison Central.

Dunlap received a first round bye and won his second match by forfeit. He then pinned Donnie Roberts from Edison Local in 4:17. Next was a 6-1 decision against Seth Williams from Indian Creek. In his match for third place, Dunlap dropped a 9-6 decision to Tristan Jones from Beaver Local.

Placing, but not advancing to the district meet were senior Cody Stragan (138) and sophomore Austin Brooks (152). Both placed fifth.

Steubenville was the overall winner with 288 points. Beaver Local was third with 205, Buckeye Local was fourth with 108.5 and Harrison Central fifth with 96.6.

At the Claymont Division II sectional, Minerva placed second with 147 points.

Minerva had one sectional champion in senior Nate Smith in the 120-pound weight class. Sophomore Dalton Hartshorn (152) and junior Harrison Hopple (195) each placed second for the Lions.

Claymont blew away the field with 262.5 points.

Tri-Valley was third with 142, New Philadelphia fourth with 132.5 and Cambridge fifth with 118 points.

At the Barnesville Division III sectional, the Sandy Valley Cardinals claimed the team championship with 180.5 points, with Tusky Valley right behind with 179 points.

Cardinal senior Sam Groff (182) was the Cardinals’ only tournament champion. Groff improved to 49-0 on the season. In all, the Cardinals advanced six wrestlers to this weekend’s District meet at Philo High School.

Malvern finished in 13th place with 23 points.

Caldwell was third in the 19-team field with 146 points.

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