Austintown places third at sectional tourney
AUSTINTOWN - Austintown Fitch placed third as a team at the Division I sectional tournament and advanced five wrestlers to next week's district tournament.
The Falcons crowned two champions at the sectional, where the top four wrestlers at each weight class advanced to the district tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Mentor High School. Camran Rezapourian took first at 170 pounds, and Jake Franks won the 220-pound weight class. Others moving on for Fitch were Andrew Fairbanks (106), Zach Mackall (145) and Ron Shadd (285). The Falcons scored 136.5 team points. Aurora won the event with 200.5, and Solon was second with 188.5.
Boardman's Mario Graziani won the 145-pound title. He and Anthony Mancini (152) moved on to the district tournament at Mentor High School on Feb. 21-22.
Girard takes nine to district tournament
ROOTSTOWN - Nine Girard wrestlers placed in the top four to lead the Indians to runner-up finish at the Division III sectional tournament.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the district tournament at Garfield Heights High School on Feb. 21-22.
Winning individual titles for Girard was Dakota McCloskey (106), Ed Sigurani (138), James Cupan (160) and Nick Cardiero (170). Other placers for the Indians were Nick Hall (120, second), Dominic Gainey (126, fourth), Zane Chase (132, third), Matt Deal (145, third), Chris Morgan (152, third), Robert Golden (195, second), Moufid Sayej (220, fourth) and Ben Norman (285, fourth).
Girard scored 252 points, second only to Rootstown's 278.
Jackson-Milton finished third with 158.5. The Blue Jays' Devin Seka claimed the 126-pound championship. Terry Stockton (120, third), Nick Vergalito (132, fourth), Tyler Jeffries (third, 138), Tyler Staton (145, second), Anthony Italiano (182, second) and Corley Lamb (285, second) also placed.
Liberty took sixth with 99 points and advanced four wrestlers to Garfield Heights. Morgan Weinreber took third at 126 pounds, Daryl McLendon was third at 160, Logan Weinreber finished fourth at 170 and Danaryll Green placed third at 220.
Brookfield advances three to next round
BEACHWOOD - Brookfield's trio of Zach Jamieson, Zach Hackett and Gavin Miglets placed at the Division III sectional tournament at Beachwood High School.
Jamieson was the high finisher for Brookfield by placing second at 170 pounds. Hackett was third at 195, and Miglets was fourth at 113. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the district tournament at Garfield Heights High School on Feb. 21-22.
The Warriors placed 10th as a team. Berkshire won the sectional with 191.5 points, and Beachwood was second with 173.5.
Pymatuning Valley's Mitch Skleres (third, 113), Cody Miller (third, 138), Collin Winkler (third, 170), Brandon Muha (fourth, 182), Austin O'Baker (second, 195) and Shawn Shreves (first, 285) moved on for the Lakers.
Advancing for Grand Valley was Cody Rhoads (second, 126), Luke Baldwin (first, 160), Glen Zaller (first, 195) and Jerome Walker (third, 220).