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Plymouth wins host Dawson Memorial Invitational

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jan 5, 2020 at 7:23 PM

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth wrestling team continued its strong season on Saturday at its host Staff Sergeant Marcus Dawson Memorial Invitational.

The Big Red scored 269 points to top the 12-team field, finishing ahead of Gibsonburg (213.5). Rounding out the field was Keystone (181.5) in third, followed by Bellevue ‘B’ (161.5), Perkins ‘B’ (137), Port Clinton (127.5), Edison ‘B’ (113), Seneca East (107), Willard (95), Sidney Lehman Catholic (89.5), Buckeye Central (83) and South Central (24).

Plymouth had five of its wrestlers finish with top three placement in their respective weight classes. That included Shae Sparks, who won the 138-pound weight class with a win over Gibsonburg’s David Garcia in the finals of the pool format tournament.

Taking second for the Big Red included Nick Roberts at 106 and Keith Tuttle at 126. Andrew Miller was third at 113, as was Adler Horne at 195, where he pinned Gibsonburg’s Trey Kaseman in the third-place match.

DJ Slone again led Willard, as he won the 160-pound weight class, capped by a 10-3 win over Gibsonburg’s Jon Auld. With his six wins on the day, Slone was also selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Connor Robbins took second to Seneca East’s Hunter Lacy at 113.

The Edison ‘B’ team had a pair of third-place finishers. Gavyn Klima pinned Plymouth’s Jason Swank for third at 182, and Tim Straka did the same at 220 over the Big Red’s Dylan Van Fleet.

The event is named in the honor of Dawson, the late 2001 Plymouth graduate and U.S. Army veteran, who served three combat tours in Iraq. He died at the age of 34 in 2017.


Norwalk 8th, St. Paul 19th at JC Gorman

MANSFIELD — The Truckers earned a top 10 finish in the 37-team field with a pair of individual champions at the 57th annual JC Gorman Invitational on Saturday at Pete Henry Gymnasium in Mansfield.

Returning state placers Ethan Hernandez (170) and Alec Maloney (220) were the champs on Saturday for the Truckers. A third returning state placer, Gabe Phillips, did not compete because of injury.

“We’ve been on a grueling stretch that will last another two weeks,” said Norwalk coach Frank Staley. “Our coaching staff expects this stretch to expose all of our weaknesses, which will hopefully give ourselves time to redefine our skills and conditioning for the true stretch run of the state tournament.”

Hernandez had four wins by pin, ranging from 50 seconds to 2:58, to reach the finals. He then scored a tough 3-1 decision over Sevi Garza of Rittman in the finals to improve to 15-1 this season.

At 220, Maloney (16-1) had two wins by pin (:54, 2:44) and a technical fall (19-2) to reach the finals, where he then scored an 11-1 major decision over Mohawk’s James Clouse.

Also placing for the Truckers was Laurence Newland at 285 and Darian Smith at 160. Newland opened with three pins, then suffered three losses by pin to finish in sixth place. Smith opened with a pair of wins and was 3-1 to start the tourney, but lost a pair of decisions (9-5, 3-1) to place eighth.

Meanwhile, the Flyers had three placers at the tournament, led by Will Stieber in fourth at 145. After losing his second match, Stieber reeled off three wins, then lost to Pleasant’s CJ Smith for third.

Cam Caizzo was fifth for the Flyers at 182. He opened with three wins via pin, ranging from 32 seconds to 2:36, then was edged 1-0 in the semifinals by Pleasant’s Gavin Baisden. After another loss, he bounced back with a 10-2 major decision win over Sandusky’s Vinny D’Amico for fifth.

Also for the Flyers, Aiden Naseman was sixth at 120 after a 2-3 finish. His last two losses were also close decisions by scores of 3-0 and 8-6.

Ashland scored 184 points to win the tournament, while Crestview was second with 141.5 points. The Truckers scored 105.5 points and St. Paul had 68.


Monroeville ninth, N.L. 11th at Woodmore

ELMORE — The Eagles finished in the top 10 in a field of 25 teams on Saturday at the Woodmore ‘A’ Classic.

The Eagles were paced by Daniel Smith, who won the 160-pound weight class. Smith scored an 8-0 major decision over Van Buren’s Grant Young in the finals. Zander Takacs reached the finals at 152 for the Eagles, where he fell by pin to Woodmore’s Brett Sandwich.

Also for the Eagles, Owen Roeder (126) and Brayden Schuller (145) both placed fourth, while Thomas Seitz was fifth at 132.

For 11th-place New London, Kenyon Cathey was second at 145, where he was edged in a 4-3 decision by Oak Harbor’s Jack Zeitzheim. Josh Logan was fourth at 285, also following a tight 5-4 loss to Montpelier’s Mason Foote.

Kaden Kidd took fifth for the ‘Cats at 106, as did Mikey Dalton at 138. Wyatt Harrison (113) and Owen Lee (170) each took sixth.


Elkin second for Western

COLUMBIA — The Western Reserve wrestling team had two placers as it took 11th in the 13-team field on Saturday at the Columbia Invitational.

Jake Elkin took second at 120, and Memphis Hoff was fourth (182) for the Roughriders, who are off until their host Terry Munroe Invite on Jan. 18.