Dragons produce 3 sectional champs in DI

Lakeside’s Spencer Loftus (facing) practices with teammate Parker Meaney last season. Both wrestlers, along with teammate Luciano Cunningham, won Division I sectional titles at Willoughby South on Saturday.

WILLOUGHBY — Lakeside pulled off the trifecta as its final three weight classes took first during the Division I sectional wrestling tournament at South on Saturday.

Senior Spencer Loftus started the win streak for the Dragons, pinning Mentor’s Jake Rush in 1:34 for his 195-pound championship.

“Spencer looked real good,” Dragons coach Andrew Horvath said. “He had the form I saw at the end of last year. He looked motivated.”

Classmates Parker Meaney at 220 and Luciano Cunningham (285) followed with sectional crowns.

Meaney, a returning state

qualifier pinned Euclid’s Laron Parks in 1:46 to capture his

title, while Cunningham edged Mayfield’s Marco Tramantano 3-2 in the first-second place match.

The top four in each weight class reach the district tournament next Saturday at North Canton Hoover.

“Parker wrestled tough,” Horvath said. “He’s pretty deadly on his feet and Luciano looked good. That kid from Mayfield is tough. The score didn’t indicate the match, Luciano looked real tough.”

In addition to Loftus, Meaney and Cunningham, Ethan Wannett (106) and Darian Cowles (113) each placed second and qualified for the district.

“We only took nine, so to get five out is good,” Horvath said. “The final score was deceptive (a 10-1 major decision in favor of Wannett). We had to go for a throw, it was a one-point match heading into the third period.”

Madison also participated in Division I competition at South and sent five through to the district.

Jeff Brichford won the 132 weight class with a 3-2 finals win over Mentor’s Connor DeBoe and Brody Arrundale pinned Mentor’s Nick Schuster at 4:50 for the 160 championship.

Also for the Blue Streaks, Doug Bailey at 138 and Shayne Magda (145) both finished second, while Jacob Neuhofs (120) and Brad McKeon (126) each claimed fourth.

Jason Donaldson at 113 placed fifth for Madison, while David Thompson (152), Clay Smith (182), Seth Shrock (195) and Dominick Zirkle (220) each posted sixth.

The Blue Streaks scored 157 points for fourth, followed by the Dragons with 113. Mentor won the sectional crown with 210 points.

Division III

BEACHWOOD — Pymatuning Valley, St. John and Grand Valley all finished in the top five at the Beachwood sectional on Saturday.

The Lakers notched 147.5 points for second after Newbury’s 163.5. St. John placed fourth with 119.5 points, just ahead of the Mustangs’ 104.5.

The top four qualified for the Alliance district tournament next Saturday.

PV had three champs in Jake Edelman at 113, Noah Campbell (126) and Gaige Willis (220) — each recording pins.

“Overall, they did a good job,” Lakers coach Dave Miller said of his team. “The three we expcted to win did. The younger kids ran into some tough kids. We’re pretty healthy.”

Edelman downed Hawken’s Jackson Reineke at the 2:44 mark for his championship, Campbell pinned Beachwood’s Paul Jacobs at 3:23 and Willis pinned GV’s Chase Cotterell in 1:55. Willis is the reigning Division III 195-pound state champ.

Meanwhile, for the Heralds, Nick Burgard at 138, David Cumberledge (152), Jacob Lagoa (170) and Derik Elrod (285) each claimed sectional titles.

Burgard won his by forfeit, Cumberledge and Lagoa both collected pins and Elrod gained a decision. Cumberledge downed Garfield’s Connor Hrubik in 1:03, Lagoa pinned Wickliffe’s Doug Byrne in 2:27 and Elrod blanked PV’s Caleb Bean 3-0.

“They wrestled well, we had quite a few pins,” Heralds coach Scott Blank said. “Nick got his 100th career win in his first match. Coming out with a sectional championship lines up good for the district. The kids have worked hard all year.”

Christian Blank also reached the district for St. John, taking second at 160.

Also for the Lakers, William Campbell, second at 120, and Chad Brown, third at 152, advanced to the district. Leonard Udell took fifth at 195 and Dillen Knowles finished sixth at 132 for PV.

GV had two seconds with Zach Hazlett at 182 and Mason Shreve 195. Also in the top four were Trevor Meeker at 113 and Clayton Takacs 160, each third, and Mathew Sexton finished fourth at 138.

David Nye at 170 and Daniel Gearhart 285 finished fifth and sixth in their weight classes, respectively.

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