Sharp will wrestle for state championship
COLUMBUS – West Branch senior Logan Sharp is making a name for himself.
Sharp, the fifth heavyweight wrestler from his family to stand on the podium at the state tournament, will be going for the state title today.
He turned in a banner effort at the 77th annual state wrestling tournament at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center with two pins Friday to improve to 34-3 on the season.
Sharp will be meeting old nemesis and defending state champion and unbeaten Billy Miller, a Perry senior, for the Division II 285-pound title. Miller (43-0) has handed Sharp two of his three losses this season, including one at the Alliance district last week.
On Friday, Sharp pinned Warsaw River View senior Joshua Kempf in 38 seconds and then pinned Toledo Central Catholic junior J’Quan Fisher in the semifinals in 5:22. Fisher opened the tournament by decisioning Beaver Local’s Cody Martsolf, 7-0, Thursday.
The only other area wrestler alive in Columbus is Minerva senior Harrison Hoppel, who is carrying on the family tradition.
Hoppel (42-6) is assured at least a sixth-place finish in the Division II 220-pound class.
He defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary junior Dre’k Brumley, 3-1, in the quarterfinals before being pinned by Claymont senior Garrett Harding in 2:48. Hoppel decisioned Harding, 7-3, at the Top Gun Tournament in Alliance in January.
Today, Hoppel will face Alliance senior Adontis Watson in a consolation match. Watson sat out all of last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in a football game.
The winner advances to the third-place match and the loser to the sixth-place match.
After opening the state tournament with wins, Beaver Local junior Daniel Hasson and Wellsville junior Seth Bloor could not maintain the momentum on the second day.
Both dropped a pair of matches Friday and were eliminated.
Hasson (42-6) lost 5-0 to Toledo Central Catholic junior Josh Mossing on Thursday. Then Hasson dropped a 6-4 decision to Chillicothe junior Caleb Price in the consolation round.
Bloor (36-6) fell 4-3 to Greenwich South Central sophomore Cameron Conaway, who improved to 45-1, in a Division III 285-pound championship quarterfinal. Bloor lost 5-3 in the consolation round to Coldwater senior Justin Post, who moved his record to 52-3.
East Liverpool junior Alex Potts won a consolation match on Thursday to advance in Division II 106-pound action. But Potts was ousted with an 11-5 loss to Canal Fulton Northwest freshman Hunter Kosco in a second-round consolation match Friday.
Hoppel, who placed fifth at 195 pounds last year, is the only Minerva wrestler remaining.
Minerva junior Dalton Hartshorn (49-6) lost 3-0 to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Andy Dobben and suffered a 4-2 sudden-victory loss to Bellbrook sophomore Tyler Widerholt.
Minerva senior Josiah Hursch (35-13) dropped a 2-1 decision to Whitehall-Yearling sophomore Ana Abdulijelil, which was his 50th win of the season.
Action resumes at 10 a.m. today with the consolation semifinals, followed by the third-, fifth-, and seventh-place matches. The championship matches are scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.