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Junior-high matmen claim NBC title

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: February 21, 2017 1:31 PM

Minerva's junior-high wrestling team put together a great tournament this past weekend, and in doing so, won the 2017 Northeastern Buckeye Conference Wrestling Championship.

The Lions amassed 236 points to beat second-place Marlington by 20.

Louisville was third with 190, followed by Carrollton with 176, Salem with 98, West Branch with 68, Canton South with 48, and Alliance with 38.

Claiming individual titles were Domanick Speelman at 110, Trevor Slider at 116, Khail Louive at 122, Melvin Fankhauser at 150, and Jarrett Burress at 205.

Speelman reached the finals with a pin at 2:42 against Marlington's Joe Heeter. In the finals, needed just 46 seconds to pin Louisville's Dale Stauffer.

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Slider recorded all three of his wins by pin. He felled Damon Wolfe of Salem at :55, Spencer Grindstaff of Carrollton at 2:34, and Steven hang of West Branch at :24.

Louive reached the finals with a pin at 1:28 against Marlington's Robert Montesano. with first place on the line, Louive beat Louisville's Daniel Kennedy 10-5.

In the semifinals, Fankhauser pinned Louisville J.D. Spitaleri at 2:16. Wrestling for the title, Fankhauser pinned Marlington's Kyle Baer at 1:15.

Burress opened with a pin at 1:22 against Donovan Kelly of Marlington. He then pinned Levi Dailey of Alliance at :59. In the championship bout, Burress pinned Carrollton's Oscar Cazares at 1:51.

Finishing second were Jacob Norris at 98 and Kaleb Wolfe at 245.

Norris pinned Tristan Uphold of Louisville in just 20 seconds to reach the finals, where he was beaten by Salem's Jax Booth 12-4.

Wolfe opened with a 9-5 win over Carrollton's Justin Richardson. In the finals, Wolfe was pinned by Alliance's Jahkai Martin at 3:25.

Thirds went to Jack Zwahlen at 134, Garrett Hilliard at 142, and Logan Williams at 172.

Placing fourth were John Ayers at 92, David Woolever at 104, Jayce Myers at 128, and Paul Bragg at 160.


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