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Warriors sending five wrestlers to State

Bob Evans
Sports Editor

Carrollton High School wrestling
Joey Miller defeated Nate Smith from Minerva 4-1 to win the 120 pound district championship last Saturday night at Heath.

HEATH: The goal of every wrestler when they walk into the wrestling room at the beginning of the season is to reach the State Wrestling Meet.

Five Carrollton wrestlers realized their goals last Friday and Saturday at the Heath Division II District Tournament.

Carrollton will be sending five matmen, one a district champion,  to the State tournament this weekend in Columbus.

“I am just so pumped,” said an excited Carrollton Head Coach Ken Pasiuk. “Some things fell our way and I told the guys to go for it – and they did. I can’t tell you enough of how happy I am for these guys. All their hard work in the weight and wrestling room is paying off for them.”

Five is the most wrestlers Carrollton will have at State since 2002.

As a team, the Warriors performed well, placing fourth overall with 99 points.

Moving on to Columbus are Joey Miller (120), Tristan Stallard (145), Austin Miller (182), Tyler Dodd (195) and Austin Bentley (220).

Joey Miller will be making his fourth straight trip to Columbus, the first time as district champion. In 2010 he finished seventh at the top tournament and placed sixth in 2011.

In the championship match, Miller defeated an old rival, Nate Smith, from Minerva 4-1. He opened with a pin of Shane White of Highland in 35-seconds. He followed that with a 9-6 decision over Jered Patterson from Meadowbrook.

In the semifinals he pinned Chance Haynes of Buckeye Valley in 2:26.
Miller will wrestle Cole Tawney from Gallipolis Academy in the opening round this Thursday.

Stallard opened with a pin of Kody Driggs from Morgan 2:53.

He lost his next match, sending him to the consolation bracket where he rebounded to win a 5-4 overtime decision over Luke Miller of Philo.

In the third consolation round, Stallard recorded a 5-1 decision over Curt Fedoush from Buckeye Trail.

In his consolation semifinal match, Stallard defeated Alec Mills from Mifflin 5-4 to earn his spot in Columbus.

In his match for third place, Stallard was pinned at the 4:48 mark by Dalton Hartshorn from Minerva. Thursday, Stallard will go up against Cabe Stark from Warren Howland.

Austin Miller, who will be making his second trip to the State meet, dropped his opening match.

In the consolation, he bounced backed to defeat Jordan Lang of Big Walnut 5-0.

Next was a 4-3 decision over Charlie Keenan from Steubenville. He followed that with a 2-1 decision over Roger Pack from London. He then won a 5-3 overtime decision over Colt Crall from Claymont. In his match for third place, Miller fell to Jhulyis Monroe from Marion Franklin 7-3. He will wrestle Jack Harris of Urbana Thursday evening.

Dodd will be going to Columbus for the first time.  In his opening match, he pinned Melvin McGlown from South in 17-seconds, but dropped his next match, sending him to the consolation bracket where he won a 12-5 decision over Caleb Browne from Granville. Next was a 7-4 decision over Stone Morgan from John Glenn and a 3-2 decision over Brandon Jones from Steubenville.

In his match for third place, Dodd was pinned by Blake Owens from Licking Valley in 1:53, placing him fourth.

Dodd will take on Josh Lehner from Lexington in his opening match in Columbus.

Bentley scored a 5-3 decision over Dalton Farrow from Indian Valley in his first round district match, but he dropped his second match.

In the consolation bracket, Bentley recovered to pin A. J. Velasquez from Licking Heights in 1:42. He followed that with a 7-2 decision over Luke Larson from John Glenn.

In his match for third place, Bentley earned a hard fought 5-3 overtime win over Troy Caldwell from Jonathan Alder.

Bentley will face Logan Sharp from West Branch Thursday in his opening match.

The Warriors’ C. J. Brady (106) just missed going to state. He placed sixth and will be a State alternate.

Also taking part in the tournament, but not qualifying for Columbus were Jonathan Dunlap (160), Connor Mosley (170) and Jordan Houyouse (285).

Minerva placed sixth with 80 points and will be sending three to Columbus.

Lion senior Harrison Hoppel will be going as district champion in the 195-pound weight class.

Also qualifying for the Lions were Smith (120) and Hartshorn (145).

Claymont won the team title as expected with 182.5 points, with Steubenville second with 140 points.

In Division III at Philo High School, Sandy Valley senior Sam Groff will be going to the State meet as a district champion in the182-pound weight class. He will be carrying a 53-0 record into the top meet. Also qualifying for the Cardinals was Joe Newman at 126-pounds.

The Cardinals finished in ninth place with 70 points.

The 75th annual tournament will be held at Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Wrestling action will get underway Thursday afternoon in Columbus. The doors will open at 2 p.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 3 with Division III, followed by Division II and Division I action. Three preliminary rounds and three consolation rounds will be wrestled on 10 mats.

There will be a full day of wrestling on Friday with two sessions. The doors will open at 9 a.m. and wrestling begins at 10. The arena will be cleared between each session.

Saturday morning there will be the consolation semifinals and matches for third, fifth and seventh places.

The finals will open the Parade of Champions at 5:30 p.m. and championship finals at 5:45.

Tickets are $15 per session plus service charges purchased through Ticket Master. All session passes begin at $75. For tickets call Ticket Master at 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.


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