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February 22, 2014

Perry, Conel stand tall

Pirates stand second in D-II at Alliance; Lakeside star stays unbeaten in D-I

The Perry wrestling team began the Division II district tournament at Alliance much the same way it began the sectional a week ago. The Pirates are in second place with 5 wrestlers still alive in championship brackets.

With 64 points, Perry trails Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s 66.5 in the team standings. The other local teams at the event are Geneva with 6 points, Edgewood and Jefferson with 4 each and Conneaut with 2.

Collin Dees (120 pounds), Aaran Gessic (132), Alec Schenk (182), Brandon Truhn (220) and Billy Miller (heavyweight), who is now 38-0, have all reached the championship semifinals for coach Dave Rowan’s squad when wrestling begins at 10 a.m. today.

Dees pinned Foster Zalar of Tallmadge in 40 seconds and scored a decision over Sal Ferrise of SVSM, 7-1. Gessic, Schenk, Truhn and Miller all netted a pair of pins.

A large number of locals are clinging to their postseason lives after having lost once. They are either 3 victories from the state tournament in Columbus or a single loss from starting their postseasons.

Connor Requa (113) beat Austin Zarins of Brooklynn, 6-2, before he was pinned in his second bout. After getting the best of Dan Amato of Tallmadge, 10-8, at 145, Tyler Cross fell to Walt Gibson (SVSM), 6-2. James Hawk won a hard-fought 4-3 decision over Jacob Taylor of Canton South but was pinned in his next match.

The Warriors’ Tanner Perry opened with a late first-period pin of Benedictine’s Connor Hurst at 113 before being pinned in the final 30 seconds of his next match.

Joey Baitt opened well in pinning Stephen Daprile of Canfield late in the third period, but stumbled in a 3-0 loss to Garrett Carter of SVSM.

Isaiah Ngiraingas topped Ryan Lambert of Canton South, 4-2, at 120 before losing in a technical fall for Conneaut.

Perry’s Brady Toth pinned Nathaniel Stubblefield of Springfield before suffering the same fate at the hands of Dante Ginnetti of Poland at 106. Josh Romano lost, 9-5, then rebounded to beat Brian Fulton of Canal Fulton Northwest at 138. Evan Schenk lost, 6-4, to Eric Fasnacht of Parma Padua-Franciscan, but rallied to beat Jake Fletcher of Wooster Triway at 152. Cameron Winters had much the same rebound after losing, 9-8, Jordan Radich of Howland, in besting Jack Smith of Revere at 160.

Kyle Kremiller beat Jaret Bunch of Canfield, 5-1, at 195 before falling, 3-2, in a heartbreaker to Tyler Rowland of Streetsboro.

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