17 wrestlers from Valley qualify for state tourney at Ohio State

Staff report

Seventeen area athletes, including five district champions, have qualified for the state wrestling tournament.

Boardman, Jackson-Milton, West Branch and Beaver Local qualified three wrestlers each for the state tournament, which will be contested Thursday through Saturday at Value City Arena in Columbus.

In Division III, defending state champion Johnny Matacic of Jackson-Milton and Vinnie Pizzuto won district titles on Sunday.

Pizzuto (41-2) won the 119-pound championship at Garfield Heights, winning 3-0 over William Spangler of Keystone.

At 130, Matacic (40-2) decisioned Brett Fortune of West Salem Northwestern 10-3.

Also for the Bluejays, Tim Wiseman (44-7) finished third; he decisioned Brian Spangler of Keystone, 4-3, in the consolation final.

And Girard’s Jacob Carpenter (28-6) is advancing to Columbus after finishing as runner-up at 135. Carpenter fell to Jeremy Walden of Bedford Chanel, 5-3 in overtime.

In the Div. I tournament, hosted by Mentor High School, Boardman advanced three wrestlers to the state tournament.

Leading the way were two district champions — John Dillon and Nico Graziani.

Dillon (37-1) decisioned Mitch Newhouse of Massillon Perry 3-0 to win the 119-pound championship, and Graziani (35-7) decisioned Richard Robertson of Maple Heights 5-4 to claim the 152-pound title.

Also advancing for the Spartans was Nick Mancini (35-7), who finished fourth at 103.

In the Div. II tournament at Akron Firestone, West Branch finished in sixth place and qualified three wrestlers to the state tournament.

The highlight was at 160 pounds, where Adam Lamancusa (37-2) was district champion with a 5-2 decision over Cheney Matarrese of Crestwood.

Also advancing for the Warriors were Dustin Graham (112, 34-4) and Connor Sharp (285, 23-9), who both finished fourth.

Canfield finished in 10th place and will send two district runners-up to Columbus.

At 125, Robby Reed (40-3) was pinned by Tre Smith of Kenston in 4:58 in the championship match, and at 130, Alex Benedict (32-4) lost 18-2 to Johnni DiJulius of Walsh Jesuit.

Also advancing to the state tournament were Hubbard’s Nick Nadeja (152, 25-8) and Tyler Lias (171, 32-13), who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Walsh Jesuit won the team championship with 192 points, while Crestwood (169.5) was second and Lake Catholic (127.5) was third.

In the Div. II district hosted by Columbus East, Beaver Local advanced three wrestlers.

Johnny McComas (37-3)was champion at 125, decisioning Brady Hutchins of Canal Winchester 7-4 in the title match.

Ron Foster (130, 28-11) and Steven Swartz (145, 34-8) also advanced for the Beavers, both finishing in fourth place.

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.