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Carrollton wrestlers 5th at Copley

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Seth Dolvin
Seth Dolvin

The Carrollton High School wrestling team opened its season last Saturday at the Ken Briggs Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Copley High School in Fairlawn.

The Warriors placed fifth out of six schools, going 1-4 on the day.

“We had some good showings today,” said Head Coach Chad Hilliard, who was making his debut as the Warriors’ head coach. “We need to continue to get better every day and keep motivated. We have a great core of solid wrestlers to build around, and we are really looking for some others to step up and take charge.”

The tournament was mostly comprised of big Division I schools. Carrollton is a Division II school.

The Warriors fell to Brunswick 44-36 in the first round.

In the second round, the Warriors came up just short, falling to Hudson 38-37. Carrollton fell to North Royalton 48-29 in the third round and to Copley 47-20 in the fourth round. The Warriors picked up their only team win of the day in the final round by defeating Valley Forge 60-24.

Carrollton won 10 matches, seven by pin and three by forfeit.

Winning by forfeit were Jesse Young (103), Joey Miller (112) and Owen Krell (119).

Winning by pin were Zach Wallace (125, 2:50), Seth Jones (135, 0:55), Bryant Harris (140, 3:15), Logan Krell (145, 1:03), Conrad Burns (171, 0:40), Alex Poole (189, 1:10) and Seth Dolvin (215, 0:48)

“The guys were not intimidated one bit wrestling the Division I schools. They still went out there and wrestled hard for six minutes.”

Senior Seth Dolvin had an excellent event, going 5-0 on the day, with four pins. Three of his pins were under 50-seconds. He also recorded a major decision.

“He had a great tournament,” Hilliard said.

Sophomore Joey Miller (112) went 3-0 in the tournament, including a pair of pins. Owen Krell had two wins at 112 and a win by forfeit at 119.

Conrad Burns (171) and Logan Krell (189) each earned three wins, while Alex Poole recorded two wins at 189 pounds.

Overall, Hilliard was pleased with the performance of the team, but felt there is still work to be done.

“We need to continue to get better everyday and keep motivated,” he said. “We have a great core of solid wrestlers to build around, and we are really looking for some others to step up and take charge.”

“Once we get kids into the right weight classes and get other starters back into the line up there is no telling how good we can be as a dual team.

Copley finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, followed by Hudson at 4-1, North Royalton at 3-2, Brunswick at 2-3 and Valley Forge was last with a 0-6 mark.

The Warriors will host Claymont Thursday night in their first dual match of the year. The Warriors will be at home again on Dec. 16 when they host Canton South. On Dec. 17-18, Carrollton will take part in its first invitational of the season at the North Canton Hoover Invitational.

Between Christmas and New Year’s, the Warriors will be at the Wheeling Park Duals Dec. 27-28.

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