Knights, Eagles set to embark on Sharon for District 10 championships
Thirteen Warren County wrestlers kept their seasons alive last weekend at sectionals.
Tonight, they look to take the next step as the District 10 AA Tournament gets underway at Sharon High School.
Ten Eisenhower Knights and three Youngsville Eagles will gun for a district title, or top eight finish, to advance to regionals next weekend.
Eisenhower senior Logan Jaquay is the highest seeded county wrestler (No. 2 at 120 pounds) and comes in with a 32-0 record on the year. He has a chance, with three more victories this weekend, to tie DJ Fehlman’s Warren County record 135 career wins.
Fellow Knight Cael Black is the only other county grappler with a top four seed (No. 4 at 220 pounds). Gannon Jaquay is the 5-seed at 138, and Youngsville’s Jake DeSimone is No. 6 at 285.
DeSimone is looking to get back to regionals, as are Logan and Gannon Jaquay, Black and Josh Bortz (145).
Joining DeSimone from Youngsville are Collin Clough (138) and Sawyer Lawson (170).
Eisenhower will also be represented by Anthony Rivera (106), Jake Williams (126), Easton Hedman (132), Alex Hummel (152), Jeremyah Aiken (182) and Jesse Gourley (285).
Wrestling begins in Sharon at 5 p.m.
Here’s a look at each weight class
106: Top Seed — Kane Kettering (Reynolds, 24-6); Eisenhower No. 11 Anthony Rivera (19-17); Youngsville no entry
Rivera draws fellow freshman Kyle Lantz of Conneaut (21-8) in the first round. Rivera finished fourth in Section 1, while Lantz took fifth at Section 2. The two have not faced each other this season.
113: Top Seed — Joe Gabler (Harbor Creek, 31-6); Eisenhower/Youngsville no entry
120: Top Seed — Cole Bayless (Reynolds, 25-9); Eisenhower No. 2 Logan Jaquay (32-0); Youngsville no entry
Jaquay’s quest for a second straight D-10 title begins with a first round bye. He’ll face the winner between Seneca’s Logan Platz (17-13) and Jamestown’s Chase McLaughlin (32-2). Jaquay decked Platz during the Tool City Tournament, he hasn’t faced McLaughlin since last year’s Regional Tournament. The two have met twice with McLaughlin winning 9-7 in the D-10 semis in 2018 and Jaquay picking up a 7-2 win in the Regional quarterfinals.
126: Top Seed — Connor Pierce (Harbor Creek, 34-2); Eisenhower No. 11 Jake Williams (9-5); Youngsville no entry
Williams has a first round bout with Reynolds junior Liam Foore (11-8). Williams and Foore, who finished fifth and fourth in their respective section tournaments, have never met on the mat.
132: Top Seed — Kaeden Berger (Reynolds, 34-6); Eisenhower No. 6 Easton Hedman (26-8); Youngsville no entry
Hedman, fourth out of Section 1, will take on Sharon’s Eli Buck (17-13), fifth out of Section 2, in the first round. This will be the first meeting between the two.
138: Top Seed — Kenneth Kiser (Saegertown, 34-2); Eisenhower No. 5 Gannon Jaquay (26-11); Youngsville No. 9 Collin Clough (18-15)
Jaquay squares off with Slippery Rock’s Mason Borlan (23-10) in the first round. Clough draws Grove City’s Logan Breese (24-13) in the first round, with the winner to face Kiser in the quarterfinals.
145: Top Seed — Alex Chess (Mercer, 16-3); Eisenhower No. 8 Josh Bortz; Youngsville no entry
Bortz takes on Sharon’s Nick Dignall (17-13) in the first round with the winner to face Chess in the quarterfinals. Bortz has faced neither Dignall nor Chess.
152: Top Seed — Owen Jefferson (Seneca, 27-5); Eisenhower No. 13 Alex Hummel (17-13); Youngsville no entry
Hummel faces Titusville’s Jared Rogers (24-8) in the first round. The two have not met.
160: Top Seed — Gage Musser (Commodore Perry, 27-2); Eisenhower/Youngsville no entry
170: Top Seed — James Laird (General McLane, 34-10); Eisenhower no entry; Youngsville No. 9 Sawyer Lawson (6-14)
Lawson meets Greenville’s Cole Karpinski (30-4) in the first round. The winner will move on to the quarterfinals and a date with Laird.
182: Top Seed — Bryce McCloskey (Reynolds, 33-5); Eisenhower No. 10 Jeremyah Aiken (10-13); Youngsville no entry
Aiken will face Commodore Perry’s Domanic Leonard (21-10) in the first round with the winner to meet Corry’s Matt Petrilla (32-6), the 2-seed, in quarterfinals.
195: Top Seed — Hayden Linkerhof (Corry, 34-4); Eisenhower/Youngsville no entry
220: Top Seed — Evan Miller (Reynolds, 17-5); Eisenhower No. 4 Cael Black (28-5); Youngsville no entry
Black will meet Sharon’s Andrew Price (19-10) in the first round. This will be the first time the two square off.
285: Top Seed — Xavier Reyda (Corry, 30-13); Eisenhower No. 13 Jesse Gourley (12-13); Youngsville No. 6 Jake DeSimone (18-11)
Gourley takes on Greenville’s Brayden Difrischia (24-9) in the first round. On the other end of the bracket, DeSimone gets a first round match with Conneaut’s Isaiah Gilchrist (7-4).