Sharp takes second at state

COLUMBUS – West Branch senior Logan Sharp stands tall in his family.

Sharp finished as the state runner-up in the Division II 285-pound weight class Saturday night at the 77th annual state wrestling tournament at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.

He is the fifth heavyweight wrestler from his family to stand on the podium at the state tournament, joining his father Rodger, uncles Seth and Nathan, and brother Conner.

Logan Sharp finished his senior season with a 34-4 record. Three of the losses were to Perry senior Billy Miller – all three by two-point margins.

In the state championship match, Sharp fell behind Miller 4-0 in the second round and lost 4-2.

Miller, the two-time state champion, finished the season with a 44-0 record.

Sharp was trying to become West Branch’s ninth state champion and first since Nathan Sharp won in 2006 and 2007.

Minerva senior Harrison Hoppel (43-7) got on the podium a second straight year as he continued the long family history of success at the state tournament.

He finished fourth at Division II 220 pounds after placing fifth at 195 pounds last year.

Hoppel opened Saturday with a 3-2 decision over Alliance senior Adontis Watson. In the third-place match, he was pinned by Norton junior Sean Rutherford in 1:57.

Rutherford lost his opening match, but battled back to win four straight matches to take third place for a second straight year.

Rutherford and Watson both came out of the Alliance district.

Hoppel finished 3-2 at the state tournament, including a semifinal loss to state runner-up Garrett Harding of Claymont.

The state tournament attracted 56,198 fans for the four sessions over three days.

Other area athletes who competed at the state tournament but did not place were Beaver Local junior Daniel Hasson, Beaver Local senior Cody Martsolf, East Liverpool junior Alex Potts, United junior Charlie Smith, Wellsville junior Seth Bloor, West Branch junior Mason Hughes, Minerva senior Josiah Hrusch and Minerva junior Dalton Hartshorn.