A total of two North Union wrestlers have qualified for the Division III state tournament and one has been named as an alternate. From left, are Tarren Riffle, who will compete in the 113-pound weight class; Dylan Thompson, who will enter 220 action; and alternate Chris Cox-Wilson (182).
The Division II and III district wrestling tournaments concluded Saturday and a pair of local grapplers have advanced to state competition.
The Wildcats of North Union will be returning to the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament in the form of Tarren Riffle and Dylan Thompson.
The two wrestlers helped the Wildcats take 14th place with 56 points during last weekend’s Division III district action at Rayland Buckeye.
Riffle, wrestling at 113 pounds, advanced to the semifinals during the first day of the tournament.
He could not, however, make it past Marshal Niswonger of Caldwell, losing by a 20-7 major decision.
The setback dropped him into the battle for third place.
Riffle faced off against Collin Yinger of Nelsonville-York. Yinger was able to take third place in the 113-pound weight class with a pin over Riffle in 4:14.
That put Riffle in fourth place and earning the final spot for the state tournament.
Thompson (220) also advanced to the semifinals during the first day of the tournament.
However, he struggled to get past Hunter Braithwaite of West Jefferson, losing an 8-2 decision.
The verdict dropped Thompson into a match against Dalton Rice of Shenandoah. Thompson earned third place with a 6-4 win and returns to the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
The Wildcats’ previous state qualifier, Chris Cox-Wilson, managed to snag fifth-place in the 182-pound weight class with a 4-1 decision over Michael Herrmann of Steubenville Catholic Central.
Cox-Wilson is an alternate for the state tournament in case of injury or disqualification.
The remaining Wildcats finished as follows:
-106: Casey Clark, lost by pin fall to Ethan Dixon of Coshocton;
-120: Hayden Pacha, lost by pin fall to Aiden Aiello of Bishop Ready;
-126: Austin Jamison, lost by pin fall to Kyle Schlaback of Garaway;
-138: Caleb Isler, lost by pin fall to Tucker Puett of Tuscarawas Valley;
-152: Malachi Robbins, lost by pin fall to Dylan Hershberger of Garaway.
The Panthers of Fairbanks made school history by advancing seven wrestlers to the district tournament at Rayland Buckeye.
That history, though, came to an end as each Panther was eliminated.
FHS picked up a few wins at the tournament with Ethan Chippas (152) winning his opening round bout.
Additional victories were difficult to come by.
The Panthers finished their season in 38th place with eight points at the tournament. Individuals finished as follows:
-132: Dominick Coy, lost by a 16-0 technical fall Collin Wiley of Caldwell;
-138: Aidan Groves, lost a 7-3 decision to Joe Denney of Cardington-Lincoln;
-152: Chippas, lost by pin fall to Heshberger;
-160: Andrew Halterman, lost by pin fall to Tabor Lackey of Trimble;
-170: Tanner Conway, lost by pin fall to Chase Kelly of Madison-Plains;
-182: Ashton Griffith, lost a 5-4 decision to Vincent Patrone of Bellaire;
-285: Billy Reed-Bodey, lost a 6-2 decision to Easton Hitchens of Shenandoah.
The Cardinals of Triad couldn’t make it past the DIII district tournament at Troy as both Coleman Hauck (138) and Blake Boldman (152) lost their second match of the contest.
Hauck fell by a 10-6 decision to Ethan Meyer of Parkway.
Boldman was pinned by Clayton Schirmer of Blanchester.
The Pioneers of Jonathan Alder saw their season come to a close at the Division II district tournament at Heath High School.
Reece Chapman wrestled at 106 for the Pioneers and fell to Alexander Crane of Sheridan by a 4-3 decision.
Luke Stalnaker (170) fell to Reese Skaggs of St. Clairsville by pin fall and Michael Boggs (220) lost an 8-4 decision to Thadd Huff of London.
The OHSAA state tournament will start Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.
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