HALL OF FAMERS: Seven former wrestlers and coaches were induced into the EOWL Hall of Fame Saturday. The newest members are: Alex Benedict (Canfield, 2011), Jim Hideg (Brookfield, ’72), Hugh Hively (Canfield ’73), Matt Mascioli (Jackson-Milton, ’08), Ben Pearce (Poland, ’08), James Prommersberger (Fitch, ’80), Johnny Walker (Howland, ’96).
There were two winners of the Brian Davidson Courage Award, in honor of the late former Salem wrestler. Canfield athletic director Greg Cooper and assistant wrestling coach Dave Crawford were the recipients. Crawford donated a portion of his liver to help Cooper, who was on a waiting list for a transplant after being diagnosed with non-alcoholic end-stage fatty liver disease-cirrhosis. The two underwent surgeries in 2018 and are making positive recoveries.
MISSING OUT: Two of the state’s top-ranked wrestlers didn’t take part in the tournament.
Christian Wayt of West Branch, ranked No. 1 in the state at 120 pounds, missed because of an apparent injury. Beaver Local’s Cole McComas, ranked second at 126 pounds, also didn’t participate for precautionary reasons after suffering an injury earlier this season.
TEAM TITLES: Beaver Local ran away with the overall title at Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Championship, dethroning Canfield with 292.5 points. The Cardinals were second with 259 points, and Louisville was third with 242.5.
There are four divisions in the EOWL. West Branch won the Division II crown, finishing fifth overall with 135 points. Girard was close behind with 113.5. Newbury won Division III with 71 points (13th overall), and South Range won Division IV with 105 points (seventh overall).