The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


February 24, 2013

Fab 15 headed to state

Area will be well represented in quest to be best on mats


Division I, Mentor

Kyle Conel of Lakeside remains unbeaten in claiming the championship at 195.

He beat Barberton’s Aaron Tschantz, 5-4, to reach the championship match against projected state champ, Massillon Perry’s JoJo Tayse. Conel scored an early takedown before Tayse felt something go wrong in his knee, forcing him to concede the match and the district crown to Conel.

The Dragons’ Morgan also reached the state tourney, finishing second to Canton GlenOak’s Corey Siegfried. Morgan beat Massillon Perry’s Stefano Millin, 6-5, to reach the final, where he lost, 3-1.

Riverside had three wrestlers advance to Columbus in Nick Boggs, Jake Denman and Evan Rosborough.

Boggs used a 3-1 win over Zac Carson of Lake in the semi and a first-period pin of Dejon Moss of Maple Heights to claim the title at 132.

Rosborough scored a pin in the semifinals before beating Vernon Rowe of Barberton, 10-2, for the championship at 220.

Denman was second at 160, following a 3-1 win over Brian Hawkins of Solon and a 7-0 loss to Bruno Millin of Massillon Perry.

Nick Montgomery won the title at 138 pounds with a semifinal pin and a 9-3 victory over Casey Sparkman of Massillon Perry in the finals.

Jarrad Lasko claimed third place at 126, recovering from a semifinal loss to win 8-4 in the consolation semifinals and 3-1 over Austin Phillips of Massillon Perry in the consolation finals.    

Division III, Garfield Heights

Grand Valley’s Sean Szitas overcame a semifinal loss to claim a 7-3 over Nick Cardiero of Girard in the consolation semifinals and a 3-1 win over Seth King of Hawken to take third at 152.

“He was working with an advantage,” Grand Valley coach Steve Paratto said. “The kid he wrestled in the consolation semifinals, he had beat at the EOWL tournament. He had the confidence he could beat him because he’d already beaten him once.

“Once he got that first takedown, he was feeling all right.”

After winning his first match Friday, Glenn Zaller found himself on the wrong end of a 6-3 decision. All that did was fire him up.

Zaller romped through the consolation bracket with a 16-3 victory followed by three pins on Saturday to claim third at 182.

“I don’t know what happened (Friday night),” Paratto said. “He said he was feeling weak and a little overwhelmed. He got a good night’s sleep and he was ready to go. He opened a can whoop ass today.”

Pymatuning Valley’s Zach Campbell fell short in his bid for a third trip to the state tournament at 132, hampered by an agonizing elbow injury.

“He wrestled tough all day, but it got the better of him,” PV coach David Miller said. “He wrestled with one arm. He just couldn’t hang in there. He wrestled well, he just couldn’t pull off the one win he needed.

“It was tough (to watch his career end that way). You can always the play ‘what if.’ What if he hadn’t gotten hurt? What if he were 100 percent? What if? What if? What if? A lot kids would have said they were done and called it a career.

“He went out and left it all out there on the mat. It was tough to watch, the way it happened. But he knows he went out and gave his best possible effort.”

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

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