Sharp, Hughes head to state

ALLIANCE – The meat-grinder that is the Alliance Div. II distrct wrestling tournament had its way with Salem and West Branch on Saturday.

West Branch came into the day with five wrestlers having won their opening two matches. The Warriors left with two qualifying for the state tournament in Logan Sharp (285) and Mason Hughes (160).

Sharp, who won one of three matches at 220 pounds last year at the state meet, took third after topping Ravenna’s Cody Hawkins 1-0 in the consolation final.

Hughes took fourth in his weight class after losing a 4-1 decision to Marlington’s Tony Rupert in the consolation final.

The top four finishers in each weight class advance to state.

Justin Mitchell (113), Matt Steer (126) and Collin Boswell all placed sixth for the Warriors.

Salem had two wrestlers alive – Jesse Slocum (182) and Kade Byland (152) – coming into Saturday, but both failed to crack the top four.

Slocum, a junior, took fifth.

Div. II

CLAYMONT – It was a tough road to Columbus through the Div. II district wrestling tournament at Claymont High School.

Minerva’s Dalton Hartshorn (48-4) won the 145-pound championship with a 10-6 decision over Claymont’s Caden Herron. This will be Hartshorn’s second trip to the state tournament.

Minerva senior Harrison Hoppel (40-5) took second at 220 pounds after a 7-6 loss to Jonathan Alder’s Troy Caldwell in the championship final. Hoppel was fifth at state last year in the same weight class.

Minerva’s Josiah Hrusch (113, 34-11) took fourth after losing an 11-2 major decision to Ana Abdulijelil in the consolation final.

Claymont came out as kings of the tournament with 11 overall state qualifiers including five first place winners. Steubenville scored the second most points as a team but only had two state qualifiers.

Div. III

GARFIELD HEIGHTS – United’s Charlie Smith qualified for next week’s state wrestling tournament after gracing the consolation final in his weight class on Saturday at the Division III district tournament at Garfield Heights High School.

Smith, a heavyweight, senior, will be making his first appearance in Columbus. It will also mark the first time a United wrestler has qualified for the state tournament.

Smith placed fourth after losing to a 4-0 decision to Independence’s Paul Deely in the consolation final.