BARNESVILLE - Twenty-nine area Division III wrestlers punched their tickets to Philo High School and district tournament action Saturday by placing in the top 4 of their respective weight classes during sectional action at Barnesville High School.
Ten of those grapplers stood atop the podium as the two-day event came to a close, with Martins Ferry and Shadyside each claiming a trio of titlists. Monroe Central had a pair, while Barnesville and St. Clairsville each had one.
Of those 29 heading to Philo next weekend, six are from Shadyside and another six from St. Clairsville. Martins Ferry qualified five, while Barnesville, Monroe Central and River all had three qualifiers. Beallsville, Bellaire and Union Local are each sending one.
Martins Ferry's champions included Theodore Zoumpolidis (106), Damon Outward (126) and Zac Coole (220). Bryce Coleman (138) finished runnerup, while Jonathan Bodkin (285) was third.
Zoumpolidis, the No. 2 seed who is 23-11, got a bit of revenge on Barnesville's Collin Wilson, the top seed, with a 5-3 decision. The Shamrocks grappler had won their OVAC match.
Outward, the Purple Riders' outstanding senior, improved to 41-5 with a 5-2 victory over Sandy Valley's Joe Newman. It was Outward's second sectional crown.
Coole, another top-seeded senior, is 39-7 after defeating River's J.D. Doton, 4-1.
Coleman was pinned by Caldwell's top-seeded Kameron Rayner with 17 seconds left in their match, while Bodkin earned a 7-2 nod over Shadyside's Zach Meadows.
Shadyside's big three of Ian Baker (145), Alex Quinn (152) and Chase Kinemond (160) continued to breeze towards another trip to Columbus as they all brought home titles. Also moving on, in addition to Meadows, are Wyatt Skapik (106) and Brett Kahl (138), who both ended up fourth.
Baker, who is 38-2, decisioned Tusky Valley's Josh Wallace for his fourth sectional crown, while Quinn remained spotless in 37 matches with a 11-2 major decision over Monroe Central's Zac Potts, who finished eighth in the state a year ago. Kinemond completed the trifecta with a 5-0 blanking of St. Clairsville's Dalton Nolte.
Kinemond improved to 34-2.
The Tigers wound up fourth in the team standings with 142 points.
The Red Devils will take champion Corey Ernest (285), Alex Timko (113-4th), Justin Callarik (138-3rd), Seth Benge (170-2nd), Michael Furbee (195-3rd), along with the aforementioned Ernest and Nolte.
St. Clairsville had to wait the entire night to get a champion, as Ernest won by injury default over previously undefeated Joe Newsome of Tusky Valley. The St. Clairsville senior led 4-3 before Newsome gave up because of a shoulder injury.
Benge dropped a 10-0 major decision to Caldwell's Kale Rayner.
Of Monroe Central's three qualifiers, two were sectional champs, those being Rodney Richter (113) and Chase Carothers (132). The other is Potts.
Richter decisioned St. Clairsville's Alex Timko, 9-4, while Carothers rallied from behind to pin Union Local's Zac Sowers in 5:07. He trailed in the third period 6-5 before getting an escape, takedown and the fall.
Barnesville's Hobie Howiler dominated the 120 pound division as he improved to 38-5 in his freshman season with a 7-1 triumph over Sandy Valley's Evan Offenberger.
Other Shamrocks advancing include Wilson and Taylor Griffin, who was fourth at 132.
In addition to Doton, other Pilots advancing to Philo were Kole Smith (160) and Brett Rosen (195). Rosen was third and Smith fourth.
Beallsville and Bellaire each will send one grappler to Philo. The Blue Devils' rep will be Bruce Sefert (145-3rd), while the Big Reds' Nick Maffe (152-3rd) is also headed there.
Other champions included Sandy Valley's Sam Groff, who remained a perfect 49-0 at 182 pounds, and Tusky Valley's Thomas Watt (195).
Sandy Valley won the team title with 180.5 points. Tusky Valley (179) was second, Caldwell (146) third, Shadyside (142) fourth and St. Clairsville (135) fifth. Martins Ferry (125) finished sixth.
Ohio Division II
RAYLAND - Steubenville won the Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Buckeye Local High School, scoring 288 points and advancing all 13 wrestlers to next week's district event at Heath High School.
Carrollton finished second (238.5), followed by Beaver Local (205), Buckeye Local (108.5) and Harrison Central (96.5). Edison and Indian Creek tied for ninth with 74 points.
Steubenville had seven winners in Tariq Wilson (106 pounds), Anthony Craig (126), Anthony Parada (132), Andrew O'Dell (160), Mark Cole (170), Charlie Keenan (182) and Greg Moray (220).
Buckeye Local had winners in Nate Kirk (138) and Josh Sokolowski (152).
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the district tournament.
W.Va. Class AAA
WELLSBURG - Parkersburg South had five champions en route to winning at Brooke High School.
Parkersburg, second in the standings, also had five champions.
Wheeling Park, John Marshall, Morgantown and Preston each had one champion.
Park qualified eight wrestlers for next week's state tournament, followed by John Marshall with seven and Brooke six.
W.Va. Class AA/A
FAIRMONT - Oak Glen wrestling team will send nine wrestling to the state tournament beginning Thursday in Huntington with its performance Saturday at Woody Williams Armory at Fairmont Senior High School.
Three took individual championships in Danny Wyke (113), Kyle Mack (126) and Nick Tice (138).
Also heading to the state tournament are Josh Cornell (120, second), Avery Flowers (132, second), Brodie Bittinger (160, third), Ryan Debee (106, fourth), Patrick Arneault (145, fourth) and Noah Flowers (170, fourth).
Oak Glen had five wrestle above seed - Wyke, Flowers, Tice, Arneault and Flowers.
Cameron advanced six to Huntington, Magnolia three and Tyler Consolidated and Madonna one each.