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4 Dragons advance to D10 tourney; Ike sends 8; Eagles’ Mancuso qualifies

The Eisenhower boys wrestling team secured eight spots at the district championships next weekend. Photo submitted to the Times Observer

MEADVILLE — Four Dragons advanced to this weekend’s District 10 2A Wrestling Championships at Sharon High School.

While Warren didn’t have a Section 1 champion on Saturday, it nearly had six D10 qualifiers as two lost their seventh vs. eighth matches.

The top seven in each weight class on Friday and Saturday at Meadville Area Senior High School advanced to districts.

Junior Adika Fiscus came closest to a Class 2A Section 1 crown for Warren with an 11-5 loss in the 114 final to North East’s Rocky Kowle, who Fiscus lost to earlier this season.

Fiscus (22-8) started with a 16-0 technical fall over Eisenhower’s Shawn Miller before punching his ticket to Sharon with a 6-1 decision of Titusville’s Sawyer Wolfkiel in the semifinals.

In addition to Fiscus, freshmen Trey Carrington and Ethen Ringer finished fourth in their respective weight classes to advance, and Ryan Fitzsimmons was fifth.

Carrington (16-10) entered sectionals with four straight wins, and he was 2-2 in Sharon, including a 4-3 decision over General McLane’s Ethan Snyder to advance at 127.

Ringer (16-9) was also 2-2 with two pins at 139 pounds. He pinned Titusville’s Coleman Huck in 3:46 to qualify for districts.

Fitzsimmons, a senior, was 2-2 with two decisions at 121. He earned a 3-2 decision over Girard’s Levi Friend to finish fifth.

Junior Connor Zaffino was eliminated 2-1 by Union City’s Hunter Michael in the seventh-place match at 145 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Tyson Harkins was pinned in the third period in his seventh-place match with North East’s Joshua Hirtzel.

8 KNIGHTS HEADED TO DISTRICTS

MEADVILLE — The Eisenhower wrestling teams have a lot to look forward to next weekend with a total of nine wrestlers continuing their seasons.

A total of eight grapplers on the boys team managed top-eight positions to earn a spot next weekend at the district championships.

The highest finish was earned by Cole Kellogg earning third place at 152 pounds; Tucker Lindell (160) came in fifth; Rever Caudill (107), Shawn Miller (114), Derek Childs (145) and Bryceton Wilkins (172) took sixth; and Griffin Williams (121) and JJ Darr (215) booked their tickets to districts with a seventh-place finish.

MANCUSO CLINCHES SPOT IN DISTRICTS

MEADVILLE — Youngsville’s Aidan Mancuso finished fourth in the 189-pound weight class during this weekend’s District 10 Class AA Section 1 Tournament held at Meadville Area Senior High School.

The top seven in each weight class advanced to next weekend’s District 10 Class AA Tournament being held at Sharon Area High School.

Mancuso entered the tournament seeded fourth and earned a bye in the championship quarterfinals. There, he wrestled a smart match to gain a 3-1 decision victory over Seneca’s Paul Spires that placed him in the championship semifinals. 

In the semis, Mancuso squared off with the tournament’s top seed in Fort LeBoeuf’s Connor McChesney. McChesney won via pin sending Mancuso to the consolation bracket semifinals.

The Eagles senior dug deep and earned a dominant 10-1 major decision over Girard’s Tyler Pawlik which left him battling for third place on the weekend. Mancuso had to settle for fourth after falling to Titusville’s Kaleb Brunst via second period pin.

Several other Youngsville wrestlers competed and saw their respective seasons come to a close during the tournament. Those grapplers included Michael Carnahan (133 pounds), Kenneth Shellhouse (139), Carsyn Branstrom (145), Gavin Olson (152), Graeme Minnis (215) and Connor Minnis (285). 

“It’s difficult to summarize how the kids competed because the numbers don’t tell the tale we want to convey to them,” said Youngsville coach David Myers. “There was not one quitter in the bunch. Everyone went down swinging. We’ve seen drastic improvement in our young team over the season regardless of our record and I couldn’t be more proud.”

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