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West Branch wins mat battle of Warriors

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Carrollton High School wrestling Joey Miller
Carrollton 120 pounder Joey Miller scored a narrow 1-0 decision win over Minerva’s Nate Smith Sat

It all came down to the last match last Thursday night at West Branch.
The match was tied at 30-30 with only the 285 pound event left to wrestle.

West Branch heavyweight Connor Sharp defeated the Warriors’ Austin Bentley 1-0 in a super close match. Bentley had moved up from his normal 220-pound weight class.

The win will most likely give West Branch their seventh straight Northeastern Buckeye Conference championship.

With two conference matches remaining, the Warriors are now 4-1 in the conference and 15-5 overall.

C. J. Brady (113) and Joey Miller (120) recorded the Warriors only two pins, while Joey Knipp (132), Jonathon Dunlap (160), Justin Johnson (182), Tyler Dodd (195) and Micah Campbell (220) each won by decision.

Last Friday and Saturday the Warriors took part in the 27th annual Top Gun Tournament at Alliance High School.

The Warriors placed 30th out of 44 teams with 48 points.

Carrollton had two wrestlers place. Joey Miller placed fifth in the 120-pound weight class by defeating Nate Smith of Minerva 1-0, while Bentley placed eighth.

Claymont placed first with 224.5 points. Perry High School was second with 196 points and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy was third with 82.5.

Carrollton was to host the opening round of the State Dual Meet Tournament Wednesday night.

The Warriors will be at Dover Thursday night for a triangular with Dover and Indian Valley.

Next Wednesday, they will travel to Claymont for the second round of the State Dual Meet Tournament.

Carrollton will host Canton South next Thursday and end their regular season Feb. 7 at home against Minerva.

West Branch 33, Carrollton 30
Started at 106 lbs.
106: Alec Schopfer WB pin Jesse Young 5:37: 113: CJ Brady CAR pin Arek Hively 1:30; 120: Joey Miller CAR won pin 0:35; 126: DJ Anderson WB pin Dustin Pape 0:30; 132: Joey Knipp CAR dec. AJ O’Brien 5-2; 138: Braycen Shelton WB dec. Cody Stragan 6-2: 145: Kenny Faulkner WB dec. Tristan Stallard 5-4; 152: Mason Hughes WB pin Austin Brooks 1:46; 160: Jonathon Dunlap CAR dec. Logan Nagy 3-2; 170: Tyler Pidgeon WB dec. Connor Mosley 7-4; 182: Justin Johnson CAR dec. Brandon Kuttler 6-3; 195: Tyler Dodd CAR dec. Adam Wilke 6-3: 220: Michah Campbell CAR dec. Logan Sharp 5-4; 285: Connor Sharp WB dec. Austin Bentley 1-0.

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