IF YOU GO | EOWL Championships
When: Friday and Saturday.
Where: Salem High School.
Sessions: Friday, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (finals).
Admission: $6 per session for adults, $4 per session for students. No passes will be accepted.
What to watch for: The most competitive weight class will be at 125 pounds, with John Dillon of Boardman, Robby Reed of Canfield, Tim Wiseman of Jackson-Milton and Johnny McComas of Beaver Local all ranked in the top six in the Brakeman Report. Dillon is a projected state champion by the highly-respected Brian Brakeman, but at 119. J.R. Perry of Howland and Dustin Graham of West Branch are both highly regarded at 112, while Jackson-Milton’s Vinnie Pizzuto is a heavy favorite at 119 — unless Dillon moves down. Defending state champion Johnny Matacic of Jackson-Milton is a big favorite at 130, but Mike Estock of West Branch has had a solid season. The battle at 135 between Alex Benedict of Canfield and Jacob Carpenter of Girard should also be one to watch. At 103, Boardman’s Nick Mancini is the favorite, with Josh Barnes of Girard and Josh Henderson of Beaver Local ready to challenge. Other favorites, by weight, include Alex Tomaino of Jackson-Milton at 140, Tyler Collins of Jackson-Milton and Steven Swartz of Beaver Local at 145; Nico Graziani of Boardman and Max Brooke of South Range at 152; Adam Lamancusa of West Branch, Eric Mirto of Canfield and Tyler Lias of Hubbard at 160 — although Lias could wrestle at 171 and challenge Austintown Fitch’s Jamie Jameson. At 189, Fitch’s Korey Balog and Michael Flanagan of Canfield are among the favorites, along with Ryan Brown of West Branch, while at 215, John James of West Branch, Alex Saunders of Girard and Bowden of South Range should be the top contenders. The heavyweight class will feature Cody Reesman of Howland, Lennie McGeachy of Austintown Fitch, Conner Sharp of West Branch. Overall, 29 wrestlers in this tournament are ranked in the Brakeman Report.