Warren will have plenty of mat time in the next couple of days.
At 6 p.m. tonight, the Mike Pahl-Warriors and Vinton County are scheduled to compete in a tri-match at Logan. Then, at 10 a.m. Saturday, the royal blue and white grapplers will be headed to Athens for the John Deno Invitational, which is expected to include about 18 schools.
Bill Heldman-led Marietta High will also be in the John Deno field.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Pahl
Warren’s Austin Klintworth goes for the pin during a 145-pound bout at Sheridan.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Pahl
Warren’s Peyton Young tries an escape move during a bout at Sheridan.
Waterford and Belpre will be elsewhere Saturday.
The Scott Zimmer-coached Wildcats are slated to be in the Robin Drumm Classic at Heath High at 10 a.m., while the Scott Adams-led Golden Eagles will be in the Jeff Arndt Classic at Amanda Clearcreek at 10 a.m.
Warren's last tournament outing on the mat was at last Saturday's 41st annual Larry Remmert Invitational at Sheridan High.
"It was a rough weekend," said Pahl, whose Warriors finished eighth overall in a 10-school field.
The Warriors had no champions in the invite, but Brandon Pahl (285 pounds) did place runner-up, and Levi Congleton (113), third.
For Congleton, a state qualifier last season, it was his first setback of the winter. The junior standout, now 30-1 on the season, was decisioned by Licking Valley's Jake Martinez, 10-4. "Levi of course was disappointed," Mike Pahl said, "but it's tough to go undefeated during the season. Better to lose now than later."
Congleton bounced back from the loss in the consolation round with a 14-0 major decision victory against Amanda Clearcreeks's Joseph Coe.
Brandon Pahl was pinned in his finals bout against Sheridan's Evan Loughman.
"Brandon was actually winning the match, but got caught," Mike Pahl said. "It happens. He'll be seeing that kid (Loughman) later in the season."
At Larry Remmert, Warren's Casey Parsons (138) was fifth; Austin Klintworth (145), fourth; Gage Kaptis (152), DNP (did not place); Peyton Young DNP; Kenny White (182), fourth; and Wade Lynch (195), DNP.
At Logan, Warren's Payton Angelo (126), a transfer from Pennsylvania, is expected to make his season debut on the mat.
Marietta's lineup at John Deno is expected to feature Joshua Clark (106), Logan Dickson (138), Scott Bricker (145), Malachi Vaughn (152), Josh Burke (160), Zack Hearn (170), Garrett Davis (170 or 182), Anthony Winters (195). and Josh Montgomery (220).
Waterford's starters will probably be Trey Perry (120), Dalton Ball (126), Austin Lang (132), Zeb Offenberger (138), Weston Wagner (145), Cylas Reynolds (152), Blake Heiss (182), and Cody Malic (195). The Wildcats as a team were runners-up in a 12-school event at Alexander High last Saturday. Lang, Heiss, and Wagner each was a first-place winner.
For Wagner, it was his first varsity championship.
Ball was second, while Perry, Offenberger, Reynolds, and Malic all placed fourth.
At Jeff Arndt, Belpre is expected to feature Gavin Stalnaker (113), Manney Tullius 138), Daniel Law (145), Ethan Wiggers (152), Zach Davis (120), Matthew Colvin (160), Shane Whealdon or Kole Counts (170), Alex Gainer (182), Jamie Barrett (195), Hayden Lowe (220), and Dakota McDaniel (285).