JA, Fairbanks grapplers compete in regionals

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Jonathan Alder’s wrestling team competed in the Division II regional duals tournament on Saturday at St. Paris Graham.
The Pioneers, who were the sixth-seeded team, earned a first-round bye and then defeated No. 11 Milton-Union, 42-34.
That victory was followed by a 41-30 triumph over No. 3 London.
The tournament ended for JA during the semifinals when it fell to second-seeded Wauseon, 59-15.
Earning victories for the Pioneers for the day were the following:
JA-Milton Union
-106: Xavier Pierce pinned Gavin Deem, 4:22;
-113: Reece Chapman defeated Andrew Collins, 8-6 in sudden victory;
-120: Josh Proper dec. Zach Avey, 6-1;
-132: Oliver Byerly pinned Sam Zank, 1:21;
-145: Braiden Leisure pinned Nathan Barker, 1:40;
-160: Brendon Liford toppled Colton Leach, 2:44;
-195: Michael Boggs pinned Seth Mitchell, 1:46;
-285: Damon Hay pinned Daniel Goudy, 40 seconds.
JA-London
-113: Brennan Nichols won by forfeit;
-120: Eli Trbovich dec. Grace Jones, 6-0;
-126: Proper pinned Tyjuan Jackson, 4:58;
-132: Byerly beat Jeremiah Yearout by a 13-0 major decision;
-160: Liford pinned Josh Herrli, 1:31;
-170: Pryce Watson topped Garret Weldon by an 11-3 major decision;
-195: Boggs won by forfeit;
-285: Hay pinned Michael Plunkett, 3:45.
JA-Wauseon
-132: Byerly dec. Connor Nagel, 5-4;
-152: Leisure pinned Ethan Glover, 4:51;
-195: Boggs pinned Jack Shema, 54 seconds.

Panthers fall
Fairbanks’ grapplers lost their lone match in the Division III duals at Mapleton.
After a first-round bye, the No. 12 Panthers were edged by No. 5 Malvern, 42-39.
FHS victories were as follows:
-152: Aiden Groves pinned Xavier Watson, 1:00;
-160: Andrew Halterman beat Tommy Thompson, 9-4;
-170: Connor McCardle toppled Collin Greene, 1:00;
-182: Tanner Conway pinned Sam Foster, 3:00;
-195: Tucker Green pinned Olivia Daniels in 3:00;
-285: Billy Reed-Bodey pinned Aron Smith, 1:00.



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