Monarch wrestlers go 2-2 in duals tournament; head coach suspended

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Blayne Landon (top), Marysville’s 170-pounder, defends a single-leg takedown against Graham’s Eric Thomas. Landon won the match, 6-4.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Kevin Behrens)
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From J-T staff reports
Marysville High School’s varsity wrestling squad split a quartet of matches on Saturday.
The Monarchs hosted their annual duals tournament that included a new format where the matches were not based on advancement, yet pre-selected.
They defeated Teays Valley, 46-20, and Watkins Memorial, 44-23, and fell to Springboro, 46-19, and Graham, 52-16.
The Monarchs started the season with many unknowns because of injuries, graduations and kids who left the program.
Added to that unknown list will be the coach of Monarchs next week because they lost their head coach for the next two team points after head coach Shawn Andrews was kicked out of the tournament during the final match for receiving his second flagrant misconduct call of the day.
Marysville started the day by beating Watkins Memorial and Teays Valley before falling to Springboro and the Division II defending state champion Graham Falcons.
In the final dual, the Falcons got out to a fast start, winning four of the first five matches by pin or tech fall. The Monarchs battled back, winning three of the next four.
The Falcons, though, finished the match quickly with three pins and a technical fall before giving up a forfeit.
During the third period of the 195-pound match, MHS senior Logan Painter was winning 6-3.
He was cited for his second stalling call for backing out of bounds, making the score 6-4.
Andrews went to the table to argue the referee’s interpretation of the OHSAA’s stalling criteria.
Much like the Olympics, this year as wrestlers go out of bounds the OHSAA has put an emphasis on the referees to either call the wrestler backing out or the one pushing out to encourage wrestling to continue on the edge of the mat.
After a lengthy conversation, Andrews argued that Painter was pushed out, but the referee called Andrews for misconduct and took a team point away.
As the wrestling continued, Andrews kept arguing his point and reportedly told the referee he was horrible, which prompted the referee to stop the match and called Andrews for another misconduct penalty.
That resulted in Andrews being kicked out of the tournament. The penalty also resulted in a second team point being taken away from the Monarchs.
According to OHSAA regulations: “In the sport of wrestling, any coach ejected or disqualified for unsporting conduct or flagrant foul shall be ineligible for all wrestling contests for the remainder of that day. In addition, he/she shall be ineligible for all contests at all levels in wrestling until two regular season/tournament contest points or two event days at the same level as the ejection or disqualification have been completed and can’t travel with the team.
“In addition, the coach shall be fined $100 and the coach shall take the National Federation of State High School Association’s ‘Teaching and Modeling Behavior’ course, which must be completed no later than 30 days after the OHSAA’s ‘Season Ends’ date and can be taken at www.nfhslearn.com.”
A second ejection this season would result in a one-year suspension.
“My job as a coach is to model composure in adverse or stressful situations,” said Andrews. “That’s what we ask of our wrestlers when they compete.
“We tell them to focus on the things they can control and officiating is something you cannot control.
“As a coach, I need to do a better job of setting that example.”
Results from each Monarch match were as follows:
MHS-Graham
-126: Chris Kelly (G) pinned Josh Melms (M) in 1:30, team score 6-0;
-132: Nick Moore (G) tech falled Bryce Thomas (M) 15-0, team score 11-0;
-138: Alek Martin (G) tech falled Jack Golla (M) 17-1, team score 16-0;
-145: Dar Spitler (G) won 8-3 over Lincoln Heard (M), team score 19-0;
-152: Jeff Thomas (G) pinned Joey Robinson (M) in 1:00, team score 25-0;
-160: Walker Heard (M) won by DQ over Isaiah Stickley, team score 25-6;
-170: Blayne Landon (M) won 6-4 over Eric Thomas (G), team score 25-9;
-182: Nolan Neves (G) won by md 12-4 over Zach Lowe, team score 29-9;
-195: Painter (M) won 7-6 over William Mannier (G), team score 29-10 (-2 team points);
-220: Zach Burroghs pinned Joey Palmer in :47, team score 35-10;
-285: Johnny Shafer (G) received a forfeit, team score 41-10;
-106: Nolan Gessler (G) pinned Madison Sharp (M) in :21; team score 47-10;
-112: Trace Braun (G) pinnned Nate Francis (M) in 1:30, team score 53-10;
-120: Nate Thompson (M) received a forfeit, team score 53-10.
MHS-Teays Valley
-106: Kadin Walls (TV), dec. Sharp (M), 4-1, team score 3-0;
-113: Zander Graham (TV) tech fall over Nate Francis (M), 15-0, team score 8-0;
-120: Thompson (M) pinned Zach Hatfield (TV), 6:24, team score 8-6;
-126: Melms (M) pinned Ryan Remick (TV), 5:14, team score 12-8;
-132: Jacob Smith (TV) pinned Thomas (M), 5:50; team score, 14-12;
-138: Golla (M) pinned Carson Weiss (T), 1:19, team score 18-14;
-145: Jacob William (TV) dec. L. Heard 7-3, team score 18-17;
-152: Robinson (M) won by forfeit, 24-17;
-160: W. Heard (M) dec. Sam Speakman (TV), 7-1, team score 27-17;
-170: Landon (M) dec. Sam Fabro (TV), 12-11; team score 30-17;
-182: Lowe (M) pinned Hunter Young (TV), 2:06, team score 36-17;
-195: Painter (M) maj. dec. 10-2 over Liam Wilson (TV), 40-17;
-220: Nathan James (TV) dec. Jagger Snyder (M), 40-20;
-285: Palmer (M) won by forfeit, team score 46-20.
MHS-Springboro
-106: Hayden Hollis (S) pinned Sharp (M), 3:12, team score 6-0;
-113: Francis (M) won by forfeit, team score 6-6;
-120: Thompson (M) maj. dec. over Michael Gust (S) 11-2, team score 10-6;
-126: Melms (M) dec. Elijah Webber (S), 7-6, team score 13-6;
-132: Kevin Chitsaz (S) pinned Thomas (M), :53, team score 13-12;
-138: Mason Kleinberg (S), 13-3 maj. dec. over Golla (M), team score 16-13;
-145: Tanner Cuttone (S) dec. Garrett Seger (M), 2-0, team score 19-13;
-152: Parker Bell (S) dec. Robinson (M), 7-5, team score, 25-13;
-160: W. Heard (M) pinned Will Coffield (S), 1:14, team score 25-19;
-170: Jacob Stamcoff (S) dec. Landon (M), 11-5, team score 28-19;
-182: Drake Smith (S) dec. Lowe (M), 11-6, team score 31-19;
-195: Jacob Kowalski (S) defeated Painter, team score 37-19;
-220: Tripp Johnson (S), pinned Snyder (M), 3:10, team score 43-19;
-285: Wade Humphrey (S), dec. Palmer (M), 3-2, team score 46-19.
MHS-W. Memorial
-106: Zack Kapper (WM) pinned Sharp (M), :55, team score 6-0;
-113: Francis (M) pinned Josh Nieman (M), :49, team score 6-6;
-120: Thompson (M) pinned Chase Dorsey (WM), 5:23, team score 12-6;
-126: Melms (M) pined Levi Blackshear (WM), 8:07, team score 18-6;
-132: Derek Taggart (WM), dec. Thomas (M), 11-4, team score 18-9;
-138: Golla (M) dec. Jared Droesch (WM), 4-3, team score 21-9;
-145: L. Heard (M) pinned Dylan Grimes (WM), 27-9;
-152: Zane Rennie (WM), 15-0 tech fall over Robinson (M), team score 27-14;
-160: W. Heard (M) 19-2 tech fall over Jeffrey Cameron, team score 32-14;
-170: Cole Foor (WM) dec. Landon (M), 6-1, team score 32-17;
-182: Jake Waldrop (WM) dec. Lowe (M), 12-9, team score 32-20;
-195: Painter (M) pinned Mylo Johnson (WM), 4:22, team score 38-20;
-220: Snyder (M) won by forfeit, team score 44-20;
-285: Eli Doyle (WM) dec. Palmer (M), 6-5, team score 44-23.
“For the number of young wrestlers in our lineup, I was pleased with our first two rounds,” said Andrews. “It was a good start to the season and showed what they are capable of doing.
“Our inexperience, however, showed as we got into tougher matches.
“I thought Josh Melms and Blayne Landon did a nice job of winning matches after they were behind,” he said. “The tournament was a good test for us and showed us what we have to work on as far as technique.”



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