By Bob Evans
March 4, 2013
COLUMBUS – It was a long hard road for Minerva senior Harrison Hoppel (195) at the 76th State Wrestling Meet last weekend at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
After winning his first two Division II matches of the tournament Hoppel dropped his next two, but was still alive in the tournament for a place on the podium.
In his bout for fifth place, Hoppel defeated Tyler Bridwell from Hamilton Ross 4-1 in overtime to place fifth.
Carrollton had four wrestlers who battled hard, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to place.
Warrior senior Austin Miller (182) fell to Jack Harris of Urbana 4-1 in his opening match, dropping him into the consolation bracket where he recovered to defeat Kenny Jackson of Mantua Crestwood 4-2 in overtime.
On Friday, Miller dropped his first match 3-1 to Brandon Rogers from Northwestern, knocking him out of the tournament.
Also representing Carrollton were juniors Tristan Stallard (145) Austin Bentley (220) and sophomore Tyler Dodd (195). Each wrestled well, but failed to win a match.
Minerva had two wrestlers who failed to make it past Thursday night, Nate Smith (120) and Dalton Hartshorn (145).
In Division III, Sandy Valley’s Joe Newman (126) dropped both of his matches on Thursday and was eliminated from the tournament.
195 – Harrison Hoppel, Minerva, dec. Tyler Bridwell, Hamilton Ross 4-1 OT.
195 - Evan Nichols, Perry pin Harrison Hoppel, Minerva 2:48
195 - Josh Lehner, Lexington tech. fall Harrison Hoppel, Minerva 17-1
CONSOLATION ROUND TWO
182 - Brandon Rogers, Northwestern, dec, Austin Miller, Carrollton 3-1
195 - Harrison Hoppel, Minerva, pin Jimmy Szep, Mentor Lake Catholic, 2:50
FIRST ROUND CONSOULATIONS
120 – Walker Chieffe, University School, dec. Nate Smith, Minerva, 3-1 OT
145 – Dallas Lazear, Athens, dec. Tristan Stallard, Carrollton, 7-6
145 – Kyle Land, Norwalk, pin Dalton Hartshorn, Minerva 2:24
182 – Austin Miller, Carrollton dec. Kenny Jackson, Mantua Crestwood 4-2OT
195 – Nick Havener, CVCA pin Tyler Dodd, Carrollton 4:12
220 - Nathan Dixon, New Richmond dec. Austin Bentley, Carrollton 2-1
126 - Trenton Soto, Tontogany Otsego, dec., Joe Newman, Sandy Valley 10-8
120 – Lyle Plummer, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, dec. Nate Smith of Minerva 4-0.
145 - Gabe Stark, Howland, pin Tristan Stallard 1:06
145 – Jeff Hojnacki, CVCA, maj. Dec. Dalton Hartshorn, Minerva 11-2.
182 – Jack Harris, Urbana, dec. Austin Miller 4-1
195 – Harrison Hoppel, Minerva, pin Marshall Messer, Clyde, 1:18
195 – Josh Lehner, Lexington, tech fall, Tyler Dodd, Carrollton 17-2
220 – Logan Sharp, West Branch, dec. Austin Bentley 3-2
126 – Zach Alvarado, Hills Christian Academy, dec. Joe Newman, Sandy Valley 5-0