Busy weekend for area wrestlers
MARIETTA -Warren’s wrestling team will be rising and shining early Saturday morning.
At 4:30 a.m., the Mike Pahl-coached Warriors are expected to be on the road for the 2014 Miami Trace McDonald’s Invitational.
“It’s about a three-hour drive to Miami Trace,” Pahl said. “And, we have weigh-ins at 8 a.m.”
The actual mat invite is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
“It’s a big tournament, with about 20-some schools in it; so, we probably won’t get home until early Sunday morning,” Pahl said.
On Wednesday, Warren wrestled Cambridge at New Lexington in the Ohio Duals.
Last Saturday, the Warriors competed at the John Deno Invitational at Athens High in The Plains.
At John Deno, Warren was about at half-strength as four of its 10 grapplers were sidelined with either illness or injury.
Levi Congleton (113 pounds) and Chris Massey (220) each had the flu, while Kenny White (182) and Gage Kaptis (152) were nursing shoulder and ankle ailments, respectively.
All four should be ready for Miami Trace.
The Warriors, who did wrestle at John Deno, performed well. Brandon Pahl (285) went 5-0 with all of the wins pins in his championship run. The junior standout now owns a 36-2 record with 28 mat-slappers.
Austin Klintworth (152) was runner-up with a 4-1 mark; Casey Parson (145) was also second at 4-1; newcomer Peyton Angelo (126) was 2-3; Wade Lynch (195) was 1-2; and Peyton Young (160), 0-3.
As a team, Warren finished with 122.5 points and was 10th in a field of 20 schools.
Also competing at John Deno was Bill Heldman-coached Marietta. Garrett Davis (170) was runner-up with a 4-1 mark. Josh Burke (152) finished third at 4-1; Jake Dickson (160) was fifth at 4-1; Anthony Winters (182), 1-2; and Joshua Clark (106), 0-2.
Overall, MHS was 14th with 94.5 points.
The Tigers are off this week as they prepare for the East Central Ohio League championships Jan. 30-Feb. 1.
Over at the 2014 Robin Drumm Classic in Heath last Saturday, Scott Zimmer-led Waterford finished eighth with 108 points in an 11-school field.
Austin Lang (132), a 2013 state qualifier, continued his winning ways when he was crowned champion in his weight division.
Zeb Offenbeger (138) and Weston Wagner (145)) each were fifth.
Also competing for the Wildcats were Cylus Reynolds (152) and Cody Malic (195).
At the Amanda Clearcreek Invitational last Saturday, Scott Adams-coached Belpre finished third overall with 210 points in a field of 16 schools.
The Golden Eagle placers were Gavin Stalnaker (113) 4-0, first; Zach Davis (120) 4-1, fifth; Manney Tullius (138) 5-0, first; Daniel Law (145) 3-0, injury default; Ethan Wiggers (152) fourth, 1-2; Matthew Colvin (160) 4-1, second; Shane Whealdon (170) 1-3, eighth; Alex Gainer (182) 2-2, seventh; Jamie Barrett (195) 1-2, seventh; Dakota McDaniel (220) 2-2, fourth; and Hayden Lowe (285) 3-2, fourth.