The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

February 15, 2013

Second season

Wrestlers dive into sectional competition today

(Continued)

Division II

The team championship at Lake Catholic will probably be a two-horse race between Perry and the host Cougars. The Pirates have a leg up in that competition, at least as it pertains to the sectional championship.

The real drama might in be the jockeying for third place. A dark horse there may be Jefferson.

As far as individuals are concerned, this could shape up to be a good weekend in Mentor.

The Pirates, who have had 26 state placers, seven state runners up, but no state champions, should be contending for sectional championships up and down the lineup.

Heavyweight Billy Miller is not only a favorite to win a sectional title, but also the school’s first state championship. Also advancing to the district tournament at Alliance could be Collin Dees (113), Aaran Gessic (132), Alec Schenk (160), Ryan Sill (170) and Evan Nichols (195). Brady Toth (106), Cory Gramberg (126) and Josh Romano (132) may also stand a shot to advance to the district at Alliance.

The Falcons are an intriguing bunch. They lack the sheer volume of wrestlers to contend for the team championship, but they have enough good wrestlers to raise some eyebrows.

Joey Baitt (126) and Ricker Maple (138) should be high on the medal stand, despite wrestling in extremely difficult weight classes. Rocky Tripodi (170) and Blake Perry (182) have been solid all season and should extend their seasons at another week. Troy Stitt (160) is a good candidate to join them.

The two who have the best chances to advance for Conneaut bookend the lineup. Alesha Zappitella (106) is fighting to become just the second girl to wrestle at the state tournament and Billy Post (220) has been stellar all season. R.J. Nelson (160), C.J. Rice (170) and Austin Sherman (152) all have reasonably good opportunities to advance.

Dakota Brininger (132), Tyler Cross (145) and Matt Kozlowski (220) have chances to move on for Geneva.

Tanner Perry (106) and Kiel Dickey (113) represent Edgewood’s best chance to keep wrestling another week.      

 

Division III

The Mustangs and Lakers might wind up battling each other for the sectional crown, or one of the rivals may end up helping the other to win the title. Either way, both will be contenders.

Glenn Zaller (182) and Sean Szitas (152) have long-range goals of returning to Columbus for Grand Valley and should be in the top four. Travis Pelles (138), Heath Martin (120) and Jason Takacs (heavyweight) will all be in the hunt to do the same.

Zach Campbell (132) is fighting to reach the state tourney for a third straight year and would be a virtual lock to advance to the district at Garfield Heights, except he’s been battling an injury all season and has been in and out of the lineup. Even so, Campbell should advance. With a chance to join him are Kris Leonard (126), Cody Miller (138) and Kegen Hoopes (106).     

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

Text Only
Sports
  • Taylor Outlaws edged by a run

    The slimmest of margins proved to be the difference in determining the outcome of a clash between the Ohio Outlaws Gold and the Virginia Shamrocks in the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals on Wednesday in Salem, Va.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Olivia-smile A Don McCormack column: Holt right at home at Mount

    When a young person from this area goes off to college and continues to play sports at the next level, we do feature stories on them.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Twin State Night at Raceway 7 next

    This week is the annual Twin State Club night at Raceway 7. Regular racing will be presented in all five divisions. With the points races nearing their conclusion the racing will be hot as August weather Friday night.

    July 31, 2014

  • Tribe Kluber twirls gem

    “The ace is gone. Long live the ace.” That’s how Indians fans might be looking at matters today.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SB1 Let’s play another

    It pays to have the right hitters at the plate at the right time.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Outlaws roll again

    They may be Outlaws by name, but the Northeast Ohio-based Ohio Outlaws Gold are certainly running with the in crowd at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va.

    July 30, 2014

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Bearcat Gavorski on the mend

    Paying another visit to the variety store...

    On the mend
    Arguably the most decorated soccer player to every come out of the Star Beacon coverage area is down — temporarily — but anything but out.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tribe Not quite enough

    Although the Indians are still very much mathematically alive in the race for a postseason berth, they continue not to look like a playoff team. And when they have put a run together, they haven’t been able to maintain the habit of playing winning baseball.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Outlaws win opener

    The Ohio Outlaws Gold did not start well at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va. on Monday, but they sure did finish their opening encounter with a flourish.

    July 28, 2014

  • Racing remains at the fore

    Raceway 7’s Crate Late Models had an unsanctioned $1000 to win 25-lap feature with Kyle Zimmerman picking up the lion’s share of the glory after leading the entire distance for his first win of 2014.

    July 28, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video