Local wrestlers take aim at D-10 championships

Eisenhower’s Spencer Head (top) and Warren’s Owen Balas will be competing in the District 10 Class 2A and 3A wrestling championships at Sharon and McDowell on Friday and Saturday.

A combined 11 wrestlers from Eisenhower and Youngsville earned a trip to the District 10 2A tournament last weekend. Tonight, they begin their quest for district titles and a trip to the regional tournament in Sharon.

Meanwhile, Warren’s wrestlers enter the District 10 3A tournament at McDowell. They too, will be looking not only for district glory, but a chance to continue the quest for a spot in the state tournament.

The top four finishers in each weight class, for both 2A and 3A, will qualify for the regional tournament next weekend. Those 2A wrestlers who advance will need to get real comfortable with Sharon as the regional tournament will be held there as well. Any 3A wrestlers who move on will head to Altoona.

The road won’t be easy, but here’s what each wrestler will have to navigate to keep their season alive.

106 pounds – Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay (28-3) draws the 2-seed and has a bye into the quarterfinals. He’ll take on the winner of the opening round matchup between Commodore Perry’s Ashten Armagost (18-14) and Sharpsville’s Zac Herrmann (14-16).

113 pounds – Easton Hedman (23-7) will continue his stellar freshman campaign with an opening round match against Cambridge Springs’ Ayden Miller (27-9). The winner gets the pleasure of taking on Reynolds’ Beau Bayless (38-4). On the 3A side, Ryan Madigan (20-9) enters as the 3-seed and has a bye into the semifinals where he’ll face McDowell’s Nate Digello (18-7).

120 pounds – Warren’s Avery Smith (12-13) will square off against Erie’s Ahmed Al Luhaibi (9-20) with the winner set to take on top seed Paniro Johnson (19-6) out of Cathedral Prep in the semis.

126 pounds – Eisenhower’s Josh Bortz (14-11) has a tough opening round matchup against Northwestern’s John Wheeler (24-5). Things won’t get easier for the winner as Reynolds’ Kaeden Berger (12-7) waits in the quarterfinals. The Dragons’ Alex Anderson (11-13) has a bye into the semifinals and will face McDowell’s Hayden Butterfield (13-14).

132 pounds – Donovan Fiscus (6-15) faces Meadville’s Isaac Chatman (10-15) in the quarterfinals with the winner meeting McDowell’s Jeffery Boyd (27-2), the bracket’s top seed, in the semis.

138 pounds – John Fankhouser (3-10) will take on Meadville’s Austin Chess (19-10) , the 2-seed. In Sharon, Sam Holt (19-12) faces off with Sharpsville’s Brock Salvatore (23-6) with the winner meeting Cochranton’s Justin Boozer (16-13) in the quarterfinals.

145 pounds – Section champion Aaron Morris (23-7) has a bye into the quarterfinals and will face either Jamestown’s Hunter Cowher (8-15) or Slippery Rock’s Michael Doerflinger (23-4). Ike’s Garrett Head (26-7) will face Sharon’s Luke Gaston (18-6), with the winner to face Cochranton’s Kalob Brown (15-10). Warren’s Trenton Wills meets Meadville’s Trent Tidball (26-5) in the quarterfinals.

152 pounds – Warren’s Jamo Douvlos (11-12) draws Oil City’s Kevin Vanwormer (9-10), with the winner set to face top seeded Nick Rinella (25-8) of Meadville in the semis. Ike’s Spencer Head has a bye into the quarterfinals and awaits the winner between Sharpsville’s Cameron Prebble (23-7) and Jamestown’s Nick Calloway (6-15).

160 pounds – Owen Balas (21-9) comes in as the top-seeded Dragon as the No. 2 and he will take on Oil City’s Scott Carter (0-4). Eisenhower’s Alex Barnett (15-7) meets Reynolds’ Hunter Thompson (23-11) with the winner facing Jamestown’s Jed Goodlin (12-11) in the quarterfinals.

170 pounds – Liam Stevenson (16-12) will try to dispatch McDowell’s Noah Bielak (0-16) for a chance at top-seeded Jack Kaulis (24-8) of General McLane in the semis.

182 pounds – Warren’s Dominic Caprino (16-8) draws a bye into the semifinals where he’ll face McDowell’s Alex Bielak (20-9).

195 pounds – A pair of seniors with stellar records will meet in the opening round when Ike’s Matt Huling (24-11) takes on Lakeview’s Sawyer Daugherty (20-14). The winner moves on to face Greenville’s Brendan Calvin (32-2). Warren’s Joey Arnold (10-14) squares off against General McLane’s Dimitri Alberti (10-12) for the opportunity to meet Cathedral Prep’s Dorian Crosby (30-6).

220 pounds – Ike’s Joey Bauer (25-8) draws a bye as the 2-seed and will meet the winner of the bout between Cochranton’s Dalton Boozer (17-7) and Sharon’s Zack Dignall (13-12). The Dragons’ Jacob Hayes (3-1) meets McDowell’s Matt Kurelowech (3-4) with Cathedral Prep’s Kareem Carson (26-7) awaiting the winner.

285 pounds – Youngsville’s Mason Benjamin (21-10) will meet Northwestern’s Drew Baxter (8-6) in the opening round, with the winner moving on to meet Mercer’s Bobby Gregory (27-5) in the quarterfinals. Warren’s Matt Ristau opens with a match against McDowell’s Mark Chambers (11-15).

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