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Minerva had 10 wrestlers place this past weekend at the Division II Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Claymont High School.
Senior Reggie Hancock won the only title for the Lions, dominating the 182-pound bracket as he improved to 24-15.
Hancock opened the tournament with a pin against St. Clairsville's Derek Witsberger. He reached the finals with a hard-fought 5-4 decision over Indian Creek's Nathan Thomas.
With first place on the line, Hancock beat Indian Valley's Brodey Parsons 3-1.
Finishing third are seniors Alex Lucas (14-2) at 120 and Seth McGee (28-14) at 152.
Lucas won his opening match 19-3 against River View's Braiden Davis. In the semifinals, Lucas was edged by Beaver's Skyler Lasure 1-0.
In the consolation semifinals, Lucas beat John Glenn's Jon Hinze 10-4. Wrestling for third, Lucas recorded an 8-1 decision against Maysville's Hunter Wilson.
McGee started with a pin against Anthony Porter of Cambridge at 2:36, before losing to Beau Smith of Beaver 6-3.
In the consolation semifinals, McGee beat River View's Logan Slade 6-0. With third-place on the line, McGee recorded a 12-0 major decision against Indian Valley's Jake Armstrong.
Placing fourth and also moving on to districts are freshman Luke Chaddock (25-13) at 106, sophomore Nolan Smith (24-16) at 126, sophomore Evan Hertel (22-17) at 132, and junior Jay Chaddock (15-14) at 160.
Finishing fifth and serving as district alternates are junior Connor Fritz (27-15) at 145 and junior Travis Kuttler (37-8) at 285.
Freshman Ethan Mueller (20-16) finished sixth at 138.
"This has been a very emotional week for all levels of our program," commented Head Coach Chad Hilliard. "Last week we had some great matches splitting 7-7 against Carrollton, we had our senior night Saturday, and we had our middle school win the NBC tournament.
"Our guys responded well and refocused knowing that this week was going to crucial. We were on a roll Friday night, advancing eight guys into the semifinals. Winning those matches Friday sets you up for a road to qualify that is a lot more manageable.
"Reggie was our only champ on Saturday, and he did it in pure Reggie style. Both his semifinal match and his final match were tight matches and he was able to score when needed and hang on to win.
"A win is a win at this point of the season. They don't have to be pretty. We have some guys that are willing to gut out tough matches to get wins when they need them. We have a very confident set of guys heading into districts. They will give their best effort to reach the state tournament.
"Of course we had some moments this weekend that bring some heartache as some seasons were ended. Fortunately, everyone who was eliminated this year will be back next year. The hope is we are able to make adjustments and put consistent work in during the off season so they reach their goals next year."
Host Claymont won the sectional title with 238 points. It was followed by Beaver with 206.5, Indian Valley with 198.5, Minerva with 152.5, Cambridge with 111, River View with 97.5, Indian Creek with 91.5, New Philadelphia with 75, Meadowbrook with 71, Maysville with 51.5, East Liverpool with 44, John Glenn with 42, Philo with 31 and St. Clairsville with 27.5.
The district tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at Heath High School. The top four in each weight class will qualify to the state tournament, on the OSU campus March 9-11.