Holmes and Gaston compete at districts

By Todd Reed News Leader Sports Editor Published:

At the Division III district wrestling tournament at Philo Junior High School, Malvern had one wrestler's career come to an end, while another capped a brilliant first season.

Senior Josh Holmes lost both of his matches at 182, falling to Mitchell Meeks of Newcomerstown 7-1 and Brandon Foughty of Wellston 7-4.

The 2013 graduate ended his final season with a 34-13 record.

"Josh wrestled well, but came up short on his run to the state tournament," commented Coach Dominic Chiurco. "I has been a pleasure coaching Josh this year, and I wish him well in his future endeavors."

Freshman Nate Gaston, who finished fifth at sectionals a week earlier, got into districts as an alternate at 120.

He lost his first match to D.J. DeVito of Newark Catholic 11-7, but bounced back to pin Alan Shope of Southeastern.

In the consolation second round, Gaston was beaten by Tyler Stoneburner of Paint Valley 12-5.

"Nate experienced a pleasant surprise by getting to wrestle at the district level as an alternate," noted Coach Chiurco. "Nate had an impressive showing at districts for a freshman, posting a 1-2 record.

"With his pin in the consols, Nate tied two Malvern records - pins in a season with 32 and wins in a season with 46.

"I am truly proud of these two kids. It was an honor to be able to coach Nate and Josh, and I am definitely looking forward to next season."

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