J-M’s Matacic is state champion

Staff report


Jackson-Milton junior Johnny Matacic won the 130-pound championship in Division III at the state wrestling tournament Saturday.

Matacic finished 4-0 over the three-day event and 36-6 for the season.

Matacic decisioned Mike Kovach of Bedford Chanel, 5-3.

It was Matacic’s first win over Kovach after two previous close losses.

Matacic was seventh at state last year at 125.

Brookfield’s Tyler Thompson placed third at 119 pounds in Div. III, ending with a weekend record of 5-1.

On Saturday, Thompson, a senior, decisioned Jacob Haas of McComb, 12-5.

“Tyler seemed real relaxed going in and handled Haas,” Brookfield coach Mike Nemkovich said. “He had a good match.”

Brookfield has back-to-back third-place finishes at state on the heels of Dan Miller’s third at 140 in 2009.

Thompson’s only loss in Columbus was to Monroevile’s Hunter Stieber, who is a three-time champion.

In Div. I, Boardman sophomore John Dillon (125) placed fourth and senior Jerry Pasquale (119) finished seventh.

Dillon finished third last year, while Pasquale reached state as a freshman.

Dillon lost to Beavercreek’s Josh Stevens by pin in 1:55.

“He got caught in a headlock in the second period when the score was 0-0,” Boardman coach Dom Mancini said. “It was a tough ending, but taking fourth in that class was tough.”

Dillon finished 4-2. His first loss in Columbus was to eventual runner-up Jake McCombs of Marysville, 3-2.

Pasquale’s 3-2 win on Saturday over Noah Forrider, also of Marysville, was tight. It was Pasquale’s second win over Forrider. The Spartan wrestler also prevailed on Thursday, 10-3.

“He [Pasquale] beat him [Forrider] worse in the first round, but Jerry did what he had to do to get the win,” Mancini said.

Howland’s J.R. Perry (103) placed sixth after being pinned by Dubin Coffman’s Ryan Murdock in 0:21.

The area had two Div. II runners-up with West Branch’s Jake Mellinger (130) and Beaver Local’s Dylan Ice (145).

Mellinger lost to Bo Jordan of St. Paris Graham Local, 4-1, and Ice was beat by Oak Harbor’s Ian Miller via technical fall, 19-4.

Also in Div. II, Hubbard senior Anthony Nadeja took fifth after beating Micah Kullman of Minerva, 3-0.

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