Salem wrestler states her case
HILLIARD — Salem freshman Karlie Stith made history over the weekend.
Stith became the first Columbiana County girl to reach and then place at the second Ohio girls state wrestling tournament sponsored by the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association on Saturday and Sunday.
Stith placed fourth at 143 pounds during action at Hilliard Davidson High School.
She opened with a win over Christy Thelusma of Reynoldsburg by injury default at 0:05 and then posed an 8-3 decision over Caledonia River Valley’s Lila Mencer. Stith dropped a 3-2 in the semifinals to eventual state champion Lizabeth Banderas of Norwood. Then she was pinned by Rossford’s Zoe Hussar in the third-place match in 1:41.
Each of the 14 weight classes had 16 state qualifiers.
Minerva sophomore Alaina Jackson won her second straight state title at 235 pounds.
She recorded four pins — over Washington Court House’s Amara Corsbie in 0:40, Harrison’s Jessica Edwards in 1:16, West Union’s Celina Nickell in 4:55 and Greenview’s Karlie Harlow in 2:22 in the finals.
Minerva senior Kayla Phillips finished sixth at 121 pounds
She went 2-2, falling to eventual state champion Josie Davis of Sidney in the second round by a pin in 25 seconds.
Minerva junior Jada Shafer was her first match at 111 pounds and then lost her next two.
Three Minerva wrestlers — sophomore Paige Lucas (106), junior Michaela Jackson (126) and sophomore Emma Hilliard (189) — lost their first match, won their second and lost their third.
Alliance freshman Mallory Chunat was the state runner-up at 126 pounds.
She won three matches before falling in the finals, 3-0, to Defiance’s Clamber Castaneda.
Marysville won the team title with 131 1/2 points, followed by Miami East with 103.
Alliance tied for sixth with 57 and Minerva was eighth with 55.