PV’s Campbell ‘pretty happy’ about pin

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon Pymatuning Valley’s Noah Campbell, top, secures a pin against Colton Folk of Norwood in the preliminary round of the OHSAA state wrestling tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus.

COLUMBUS — In the words of Pymatuning Valley’s Noah Campbell, he was “pretty happy” after a win at the OHSAA individual state wrestling tournament on Thursday. He may have been slightly understating it.

Campbell earned a first-period pin in his first experience wrestling at the near-19,000 capacity Jerome Schottenstein Center, and he let everyone know it. He jumped up, let out a roar that would make a Kodiak bear jealous and looked like he might run through the opposing coach as he ran over to shake his hand – at full speed.

“It was everything and more,” said Campbell, a 138-pound senior, of being at the tournament for the first time. “It was very exhilarating to come out there, look up and see all the people watching, but you know, it’s just another match. I had to stay focused and work on what I’m going toward.”

Campbell secured a takedown of Colton Falk of Northwood within the first 30 seconds of the match and put Falk straight to his back. He locked up a move known as a double-grapevine, and there was no getting up for Falk, a senior who came in with a 39-10 record.

“I wasn’t really expecting to get a pin,” Campbell said. “I thought it was going to be a three-period match, but I got that pin, and I don’t know what went through my body. It was exhilarating. My body just went into complete shock, I was so happy, excited, I didn’t know what to think.”

The tournament continues at 10 a.m. today, and Campbell wrestles Logan Hursey, a sophomore from Newcomerstown who’s ranked second in the state, in a Division III 138-pound semifinal.

Campbell, who improved to 36-8 and is ranked as high as ninth, isn’t changing anything going into the matchup, with his wrestling or his preparation. He has certain superstitions he goes through before every match, and they won’t change.

“I wear the same underwear, I do the same sock pattern, I wear the same shoes, same singlet every day,” he said. “Today, it’s this PV singlet. I won my first two matches at districts last week (with it on), so I have to wear it today and tomorrow. I can’t screw up the feng shui.”

He has a teammate to join him today as well.

Junior Jake Edelman lost a high-scoring match, 12-8, in the championship preliminary round, but the three-time state qualifier came back and won his first match in six tries at the Schottenstein Center. The 120-pound Edelman beat Trey Sander of Bethel-Tate, 6-1.

His next opponent has not yet been determined as he wrestles the loser of a 120-pound quarterfinal that will be wrestled this morning.

DELGARBINO STAYS PERFECT: Girard’s Jack DelGarbino, the defending Division II 285-pound state champion, continued his unbeaten streak (now at 75 straight) with a dominating first-round victory.

DelGarbino, ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 9 nationally, pinned Jacob Jackson of Toledo Central Catholic (36-7) in 1 minute, 6 seconds. The Princeton commit wrestles Lane Cluff (49-3) of Hillsboro today in the quarterfinal round.

Despite being 26-0 and winning every match by either pin or major decision this year, DelGarbino said experience at the state tournament keeps him humble and reminds him not to overlook anyone as he attempts to repeat as a state champion.

“You have to take it one match at a time and worry about the guy in front of you and not look ahead,” he said. “You can’t think you’re just going to go out there and walk through a guy either.

“The pressure is definitely there, but I’m just looking past it,” he later added. “I’m just going to go out there and compete as hard as I can and not really worry about it.”

AREA RESULTS: Aside from the Lakers’ tandem of wrestlers in Division III, Liberty 160-pound senior Zion Matlock narrowly lost a first-round matchup, 2-1, but he won his second match, 6-5, to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. Also in D-III, Grand Valley’s Clayton Takacs, a 170-pound senior, lost his first match, but won his second as well. Garfield’s Noah Huffman dropped both of his matches and was eliminated.

In Division II, Howland freshman Matt Woomer, 138, was pinned in his first match but regrouped and won his second match.

In Division I, Fitch senior Gus Sutton, a two-time state placer, won his first match at 138 pounds. Teammate Zach Richards dropped his first match but won his second at 132 pounds. The Falcons’ Colin Roberts, 113, lost both his matches, including a close 5-3 defeat in the consolation round, and was eliminated.

Also in Division I, Boardman’s Michael O’Horo had an impressive win over Michael Garcar of Lakewood St. Edward, earning a 19-2 technical fall to advance at 170 pounds.