Marysville varsity grapplers cruise past Darby to open OCC schedule


Monarch heavyweight Zach McMinn is in control of a Pickerington Central opponent in this file photo. McMinn dropped a 2-1 verdict to Hilliard Darby’s Bradley Weaver, who is currenty ranked second in the state for Division I. The Monarchs opened their Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division schedule with a 55-15 victory over Darby on Thursday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

The varsity wrestling Monarchs kept their dual match record unblemished at 12-0 with a 55-15 verdict over Hilliard Darby.
MHS is also 1-0 in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division after Thursday’s competition.
Marysville trailed 6-0 after Darby’s Carter Slubowski scored a 1:56 pin over MHS’ Justin Valdez during the 106-pound match.
Zach Pfarr of MHS won the 113-pound bout by a forfeit to tie the score at 6-6.
After that, the Monarchs were off to the races.
Results from the remaining matches were as follows:
-120: Emilio Guerrero (M) scored a 19-4 technical fall over Henry Lee (HD);
-126: Nathan Thompson (M) beat Zack Luthluxa (HD) by a 13-2 major decision;
-132: Lincoln Witt (M) scored a 9-4 triumph over Landry Lee (HD);
-138: Josh Melms (M) beat Dauoud Saadeh (HD) by a 12-2 major decision;
-145: Lincoln Heard (M) pinned Beau Bridges (HD) in five minutes;
-152: Jack Golla (M) put Nathan Morris (HD) to the mat in 2:36;
-160: Erryl Will (M) needed just 37 seconds to pin Joshua DiGiola (HD);
-170: Colton Powers (M) pinned Eric Cathala (HD), 4:51;
-182: Christian McCartney (M) put Matthew Taphom (HD) down in 4:38;
-195: Ben Bickerstaff (M) scored a 12-6 decision over Isaiah Beneker (HD);
-220: Kole Kendall (HD) pinned Stephen Garcia (M) in 3:43;
-Hwt: Bradley Weaver (HD) edged Zach McMinn (M), 2-1.
Marysville’s jayvee squad edged Darby’s reserves by a 27-24 verdict.
Match results were as follows:
-126: Juice Kennedy (M) pinned Trevor Gardinier (HD), 4:13;
-132: Trent VandenEynden (HD) pinned Joseph Bates (M), 2:27;
-132: Alejandro King (HD) pinned Nathan DeLauter (M), 3:33;
-145: Zayne Leiter (M) won by a 2:15 pin (opponent’s name not reported);
-145: Leiter (M) dec. William Butler (HD), 7-2;
-152: Blaize Hall (M) pinned Carter Koch (HD), 55 seconds;
-160: Alton Dobyns (M) pinned Dominic DiGiola (HD), 3:28;
-220: Frank Donnelly (HD) pinned Jarrod Shock (M), 36 seconds;
-Hwt.: Jacob Neri (HD) pinned Andrew Howard (M), 4:40.
“Tonight’s match against Hilliard Darby had a different feel to it as we wrestled our dual on two separate mats -106-145 on one mat and 152-285 on the other,” said MHS head coach Shawn Andrews. “It was hard to keep track of team scores and momentum being on two different mats, but our guys responded well.”
The Monarchs will host Olentangy Liberty and perennial state power Brecksville during a triangular event on Saturday.
Action will begin at 11 a.m. with MHS competing against Brecksville.
That will be followed by the Liberty-Brecksville match and then bouts between Marysville and the Liberty Patriots.

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