Three out of the four prep schools that have wrestling programs in Washington County are scheduled to compete in conference tournaments Saturday at 10 a.m.
Bill Heldman-coached Marietta High will be grappling in the East Central Ohio League (ECOL) championships at New Philadelphia, while Scott Zimmer-led Waterford and Scott Adams-coached Belpre will be battling in the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) Championships at Alexander High.
Mike Pahl-led Warren is slated to wrestle in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) Championships at Gallia Academy High Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Jessica Zimmer
Waterford’s Austin Lang has the upper hand on his opponent during a state tournament match last winter. Lang and his Wildcat wrestling teammates are scheduled to compete in the Tri-Valley Conference Championships at Alexander High Saturday. Lang currently owns a 31-1 record.
In last year's ECOL tourney, MHS as a team finished sixth in a field of nine schools. Only one Tiger (Will Cogswell) was crowned champion, in the 182-pound weight class.
Marietta's mat lineup is expected to include senior Joshua Clark (106 pounds, 12-16 record), sophomore Logan Dickson (138, 3-19), senior Scott Bricker (145, 8-6), senior Josh Burke (152, 23-10), senior Jake Dickson (160, 24-7), junior Garrett Davis (170, 32-6), and sophomore Anthony Winters (182, 12-17).
Last season, Davis was an ECOL runner-up at 152.
The Tigers were off last week, so they should be well-rested and rearing to go.
Last year, at the TVC tournament at Vinton County, Belpre finished runner-up to Athens, 481.5-331, while Waterford was eighth overall in the 10-school field with 85 points.
Jamie Barrett was the lone Golden Eagles' 2013 league champ in the 195-pound weight division. Gavin Stalnaker (106), Manney Tullius (132), Ethan Wiggers (145), Matthew Colvin (152) and Hayden Lowe (285) each was a runner-up, while Daniel Law (138) was third and Alex Gainer, fifth.
The 2014 Belpre lineup at Alexander is expected to feature Stalnaker (113), Zach Davis (120), Tullius (138), Law (145), Wiggers (152), Colvin (160), Shane Whealdon (170), Gainer (182), Barrett (195), Dakota McDaniel (220), and Lowe (285).
After claiming an individual TVC crown in his sophomore season, Waterford's Austin Lang placed second at last winter's tourney in the 126-pound weight class. This weekend, the 2013 state qualifier is expected to compete at 132.
Currently, Lang owns a 31-1 record with his first setback coming last Saturday at New Lexington. In that tourney, he went 4-1, and teammate Blake Heiss was 3-2.
The rest of the Wildcats' lineup will include Trey Berry (120), Dalton Ball (126), Zeb Offenberger (138, 18-11), Weston Wagner (145, 16-14), Cylus Reynolds (160), Heiss (182, 27-8), and Cody Malic (195).
Last winter, Warren, with five individual champs, won its first SEOAL wrestling title since 2007. Of the first-place winners, three are back - 2013 state qualifier Levi Congleton, Austin Klintworth, and Brandon Pahl.
On Feb. 8, the Warriors' main competition figures to come from Division I Logan, which won a 39-27 decision over the royal blue and white grapplers in a tri-match at Jim Myers Gymnasium on Jan. 16.
Some of the Chieftain wrestlers to keep an eye on will be Austin Scarberry (160), Bryce McBride (170), Nick Schneider (195), Caleb Branson (220), Tommy Hayden (182), Shawn Byram (113), Joey Bolin (145), Brandon Skinner (285), Adam Baker (152), Alex Wright (145), and Wyatt Garren (132).
Warren's starters are expected to be Congleton (113), Peyton Angelo (126), Casey Parsons (138 or 145), Klintworth (145 or 152), Gage Kaptis (152), Peyton Young (160), Kenny White (182), Wade Lynch (195), Chris Massey (220), and Pahl (285).
In last Saturday's McDonald's Invitational at Miami Trace, Warren finished seventh in an 11-school field. Athens won, edging hos trace 276-271.
Parsons and Klintworth each was a tourney champ, while Pahl was runner-up. Also competing but not placing were Angelo, Kaptis, Young, Lynch, and Massey.
Congleton did not compete due to illness. He'll be ready for the league tournament, though.