Salem’s Hart takes third at Hoppel Invite, Beavers finish second

CALCUTTA — Beaver Local’s Beau Smith competed in his first tournament since returning from a face injury and was up to the task on Saturday at the 40th annual Everett Hoppel Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

“It was a great to come back and compete in a full day of work,” Beau Smith said. “It was nice being at home having the support of all my family and friends. That helped me maintain my focus throughout the day.”

Smith fought through cuts above his eye that had stopped the match multiple times to be treated and beat Alliance’s Zach Rodger in a 12-6 decision to win his second straight 152-pound title at the Hoppel Tournament.

“After not placing at the state tournament the past two years my goal is to be on the podium this year,” Smith said.

Beaver Local had a solid showing as a team finishing in second place with 262 points behind Austintown Fitch (279.5) who has now won its fifth straight Hoppel Tournament.

“Our kids came out hard today,” Beaver Local coach Jordan Williams said. “The kids really enjoy wrestling in this tournament. We are just looking to get better every time we go out on the mat.”

Beaver Local beat Austintown Fitch earlier this season at Cambridge Duals.

“Fitch is a great team,” Williams said. “They do the right things and those are type of teams we want to compete with to get better.”

Beaver Local had three wrestlers take home individual titles at this years tournament and overall had nine wrestlers reach the podium in the top four positions.

Cole McComas won his second straight individual title at this tournament in the 120-pound match with a 11-5 decision over Meadowbrook’s Terry Gatrell.

“I felt really good all day,” McComas said. “I wrestled this kid before (Gatrell) and I knew what he was capable of.”

“I just did what I do best and wrestled a great match.”

Two matches later Oak Glen’s Peyton Hall and Beaver Local’s Skyler Lasure wrestled the only title match between two area schools.

The match saw Hall come out on top with a 9-2 decision between the familiar foes.

“This is a good early season test,” Hall said. “Skyler and I are practice partners at Club Gladiators. We’ve wrestled each other thousands of times and it makes for a slower match. We will meet a couple more times this season.”

Lasure won the 120-pound title a year ago.

“I wrestle Hall all the time and I know he is good,” Lasure said. “I had a good tournament up to the title match but I felt I was a little slow in that match. I have to keep my head high and have to keep getting better because I know I’ll face him (Hall) again.”

The last Beaver individual title came from Jared Wright with a 12-6 decision over Indian Creek’s Mitch Wukelic.

“It feels great to win a tittle in a tournament that is such a great tradition for my school,” Wright said.

Wright won a close 11-10 decision over Canton South’s Nicholas Blackmer in the semifinals which had him ready for the finals.

“I knew I was going to have a tough match in the finals and I’m glad that I could come away with victory,” Wright said.

“We have a lot of individuals this year that want to get on the podium in Columbus,” Williams said. “Everyday we practice is to get to that goal.”

Oak Glen saw two wrestlers finish in the top two positions at the tournament this year and finished in fourth place with 156.5 points.

“I’m happy with the performance from my team today,” Oak Glen coach Pat McGillian said. “We are a young team and a big tournament like this is a great learning experience.”

Oak Glen’s Shawn Moore dropped the 113-pound match final to Canton South’s Hunter Miller in a 5-4 decision.

“Moore battled the entire match,” McGillian said. “I was impressed with what I saw and he has been progressing so well.”

Also for Beaver Local, Noah Smith finished in second place dropping a 4-2 decision to Alliance’s Skyler Curry.

“The guy I faced was a tough competitor,” Noah Smith said. “It’s a process and it’s all about where I go from here.”


¯Other area teams at the tournament: Salem saw two wrestlers take a spot in the top four in Caiden Hart (third at 106) and Jacob Frost (4th at 113) while Southern’s Gavin Quigg was fourth at 152.

¯Meadowbrook’s Jud Ramage won the 195-pound title for the fourth year in a row.

TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Austintown Fitch 279.5; 2. Beaver Local 262; 3. Alliance 223; 4. Oak Glen 156.5; 5. Boardman 127; 6. Canton South 124; 7. Indian Creek 115.5; 8. Edison 115; 9. Salem 90; 10. Meadowbrook 59.5; 11. Poland Seminary 56; 12. Warrensville Heights 38; 13. Catholic Central 37; Southern Local 37; 15. Massillon Washington 17.5.


106: Colin Roberts (Austintown Fitch) dec. Daniel Adams (Poland Seminary), 7-1

113: Hunter Miller (Canton South) dec. Shawn Moore (Oak Glen), 5-4

120: Cole McComas (Beaver) dec. Terry Gatrell (Meadowbrook), 11-5

126: Gus Sutton (Austintown-Fitch) maj. dec. Devon Salsberry (Beaver), 11-1

132: Peyton Hall (Oak Glen) dec. Skyler Lasure (Beaver), 9-2

138: Skyler Curry (Alliance) dec. Noah Smith (Beaver), 4-2 SV

145: Jared Wright (Beaver) dec. Mitch Wukelic (Indian Creek), 12-6

152: Beau Smith (Beaver) dec. Zach Rodgers (Alliance), 8-3

160: Michael Ferree (Austintown Fitch) tech. fall Seth Cade (Edison), 22-6

170: Ethan Pappas (Edison) dec. Andrew Stehura (Austintown Fitch), 8-6

182: Michael O’Horo (Boardman) pin Duce Johnson (Alliance), 6:32 OT

195: Jud Ramage (Meadowbrook) dec. Breylon Douglas (Austintown-Fitch), 4-3

220: River Pappas (Edison) dec. Chavion Young (Alliance), 8-7

285:Alex Leasure (Alliance) pin Christian Armstrong (Austintown Fitch) 1:52


106: Caiden Hart (Salem) dec. John Woodburn (Beaver), 10-8

113: Marc Judy (Austintown Fitch) dec. Jacob Frost (Salem), 8-4

120: Anthony Baglama (Boardman) dec. Hunter Helminiak (Austintown Fitch), 6-2

126: Hayden Johnson (Edison) dec. Blake Bowyer (Beaver), 5-4

132: Zach Richards (Austintown Fitch) pin Damien Emmert (Beaver), 3:14

138: Parker Mazik (Indian Creek) dec. Jabril Muhammad (Canton South), 3-0

145: Cortez Bradley (Warrensville Heights) dec. Jonathan Creese (Oak Glen), 4-2

152: Brayden Starkey (Indian Creek) pin Gavin Quigg (Southern Local), 2:59

160: Logan Bell (Alliance) dec. Wyatt Strum (Oak Glen), 5-2

170: Logan Wilson (Indian Creek) pin Kareem Hamden (Boardman), 1:32

182: Willie Beverly (Austintown Fitch) pin Chad Mays (Beaver), 4:59

195: Jaxon Frey (Canton South) pin Cooper Smith (Edison), 1:16

220: De’ontae Williams (Canton South) dec. Kevin Cuervo (Catholic Central), 1-0

285: Hunter Wantz (Massillon) pin Tommy Thompson (Edison), 0:22