Three Warriors, one Rebel place first at tournament

AUSTINTOWN — Beaver Local finished tied for fourth while West Branch placed three winners in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Championships on Saturday at Austintown Fitch High School.

The Beavers finished with 134 points along with Girard. Canfield won the competion with 211 points.

Beaver Local freshman Cole McComas placed first in the 106-pound match. Quinton Bookman placed second in the 132. Skyler Lasure (120) and Beau Smith (152) finished third, while Chris Yanni (126) placed sixth.

West Branch’s Christian Wayt (113) and Ian Sharp (285) won EOWL titles for the second straight year, while teammate Cameron Martig (152) also brought home a titles.

The Warriors finished sixth in the team standings with 124 points. Dylan Miller placed second in the 145-pound match,and Neil Ginnetti finished fourth in the 170.

Crestview’s Andrew Hardenbrook placed first by defeating Bookman in the 132-pound match. The Rebels finished 13th with 75 points. Dakota Stratton (170) and Landon Talbert (220) placed fifth.

Columbiana’s Nathan Whitehead finished second in the 170-pound match. Brandt Virden (106) placed third while Caleb Rupert (182) grabbed fifth.

Other placers from around the area include South Range’s Kyle Kennan (fifth in the 106) and Salem’s Adam Magnuson (sixth in the 138).

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Canfield 211, 2. Austintown Fitch 207.5, 3. Alliance 177, 4. Beaver Local 134, 4. Girard 134, 6. West Branch 124, 7. Pymatuning Valley 106.5, 8. Boardman 100.5, 9 Jefferson 95, 10. Grand Valley 87, 11. Newbury 85, 12. Lakeside 83, 13. Crestview 75, 14. Columbiana 66.5, 15. Liberty 61, 16. Howland 47, 17. Edgewood 45, 18. Jackson-Milton 35, 19. South Range 32, 20. Hubbard 30, 21. Conneaut 26.5, 22. Salem 23, 23. Brookfield 16, 24. Poland 3.

FINALS

106: Cole McComas (Beaver) dec. Jason Mayes (Jefferson) 7-4

113: Christian Wayt (West Branch) pin Anthony Baglama (Boardman) 2:29

120: Dakota McCloskey (Girard) dec. Reese Wainuskis (Alliance) 3-1

126: Joshua Baitt (Jefferson) pin Frankie Olivarez (Edgewood) 1:17

132: Andrew Hardenbrook (Crestview) dec. Quinton Bookman (Beaver) 10-5

138: Andrew Fairbanks (Austintown) pin Brailyn Lightner (Alliance) 3:23

145: Cody Rhoads (Grand Valley) dec. Dylan Miller (West Branch) 8-5

152: Cameron Martig (West Branch) dec. AJ Stehura (Austintown) 7-2

160: Georgio Poullas (Canfield) major dec. Michael Ferree (Austintown) 15-0

170: David Crawford (Canfield) pin Nathan Whitehead (Columbiana) 3:54

182: Duce Johnson (Alliance) dec. Dominic Cooper (Canfield) 3-2

195: Gaige Willis (Pymatuning Valley) dec. Jerrell Martin (Alliance) 3-2

220: Jack Delgarbino (Girard) dec. Kade Marker (Newbury) 7-2

285: Ian Sharp (West Branch) dec. Mason Giordano (Canfield) 1-0

Emmerling inducted into Hall of Fame

AUSTINTOWN — Former East Liverpool High School standout Mark  Emmerling was inducted into the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Emmerling is also a member of the East Liverpool Hall of Fame and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.

He had a career record of 135-10 with 100 pins for East Liverpool and was ranked No. 1 in the state three years in a row by the Brakeman Report (1987-89).

Emmerling was a three-time Class AAA state qualifier, placing third at 98 pounds in 1987 and sixth in 1986. He was injured his senior season when he was ranked eighth nationally by the Amateur Wrestling Magazine.

He also was a two-time EOWL champion, a four-time sectional champion, a four-time district champion and a four-time OVAC champion (being the 1989 MVP).

Then Emmerling went on to be a three-year letterman on the West Virginia University wrestling team.

Emmerling and his wife, Debbie, reside in East Liverpool with their son, Mark Jr.  He is a teacher at Beaver Local Middle School and also coaches wrestling at Beaver Local.