Chieftains second after first day
CAREY - Hopewell-Loudon nosed out Bucyrus for second by a point and a few area wrestlers assured themselves of district berths after the first day of the Division III sectional tournament.
Riverdale leads the field with 46 1/2 points after the opening day, with the Chieftains holding a 42-41 edge on Bucyrus for second.
Carey is fourth with 34 points, Mohawk is tied with Fremont St. Joe for fifth (20) in the 13-team field. St. Wendelin and Calvert have yet to score.
Several locals will open today's round in the semifinals.
All of the 106-pounders will advance since only three are in the field this year. St. Wendelin's Nick DeHaven will face Adam Ponziani of Bucyrus in a semifinal, with the winner taking on Carey's Jevyn Pratt for the title. Pratt had a bye into the final.
The top four in each weight class advance to the district at Bowling Green State University.
The 113-pound division will have at least one area qualifier.
Carey's Dylan Kincade and Mohawk's Jonathon Daniel square off in a semifinal, with the winner facing the victor between Riverdale's Kolten Martin and Bucyrus' Rylan Hemmerley for the title.
The loser between Kincade and Daniel will wrestle Van Buren's Austin Corey in the consolation semifinals. St. Wendelin's Jessica Holman will begin today in the consolation round.
It's a similar situation at 120 pounds, with Calvert's John Brodman and Carey's Deryk Sammet in one semifinal and Hopewell-Loudon's Dylan Hammond pitted against Liberty-Benton's Tyler Sarreshteh in the other.
With just five in that weight class and the layout of the bracket, Hammond will advance to the district even if he loses to Sarreshteh.
Chet Margraf of Mohawk is the lone local in the 126-pound semifinals, where he faces Van Buren's Noah Schumacher.
The loser of that match falls into the consolation semifinals and takes on the winner between Hopewell-Loudon's Braxton Young and Carey's Brent Mullholand.
Maco Gonzalez of St. Wendelin is in the other 126-pound consolation semifinal.
Three of the four semifinalists at 132 pounds hail from local schools. Hopewell-Loudon's Vollie Brock and St. Wendelin's Cole Williams square off in one of the semifinals, with Carey's Kyler Dyer competing against Arcadia's Jarrod Bowman in the other.
Hopewell-Loudon's Alex Brock is the only area wrestler in the 138-pound semifinals.
St. Wendelin's Isaiah Cassidy, Carey's Dylan Pratt and Mohawk's Hayden Tiell are in the 138-pound consolations.
Carey's Zach Brodman and Hopewell-Loudon's Damion Vitt are in separate 145-pound semifinals, with Brodman pitted against Riverdale's Luke Bowman and Vitt taking on Fremont St. Joe's Sean Vasquez.
Calvert's Phillips Boes and St. Wendelin's Joey DeHaven are in the 145-pound consolations.
Dakota Magers of Hopewell-Loudon will square off with Mohawk's Kevin Lonsway in one of the 152-pound semifinals.
The loser falls into the consolation semifinals and will wrestle either Spencer Williams of St. Wendelin or Joe Adomandis of Van Buren. Carey's Cody Ferguson is also in the consolation bracket.
The 160-pound semifinals has only one area grappler; Mohawk's Tyler Baird faces Van Buren's Chance Sonnenberg.
Locals in the consolation bracket are St. Wendelin's Luke Volkmer, Carey's Seth Rehus and Hopewell-Loudon's Zach Clouse.
It's a similar setup at 170 pounds.
Tristan Myers of Hopewell-Loudon is the only area semifinalist. He faces Riverdale's Joshua Bushong.
The consolation round includes Mohawk's Mason Hammond, St. Wendelin's Caleb Colburn and Carey's Bryce Tackett.
The 182-pound class features Carey's Brady Mullholand pitted against Mohawk's Cole Draper in a semifinal.
St. Wendelin's Devin Frankart is in the consolation bracket.
Carey's Jon Racheter is the lone area semifinalist at 195 pounds. He'll wrestle Arcadia's Jacob Thompson.
The consolation round includes Hopewell-Loudon's Elijah Bustillos and St. Wendelin's Austin Turner.
The 220-pound semifinals will have Carey's Zack Sauber taking on Fremont St. Joe's Bobby Mancha.
Consolation round competitors are Calvert's Noah Francis, Hopewell-Loudon's Christian Potteiger and Mohawk's Cole Butler.
Both area 285-pounders fell into the consolation round. Mohawk's Arin Mullins has a bye and will automatically wrestle for third. Carey's Marcus O'Flaherty will compete in a consolation semifinal against Van Buren's Isaac Sexton.
Wrestling resumes at 10 a.m. today.
Jaso lone Raider in semifinals
MILLBURY - Madison Jaso reached the semifinals and seven teammates are still alive in the consolation round for Lakota after the first day of the Division III sectional tournament at Lake High School.
Jaso starts today against for the Raiders against Elmwood 160-pounder Noah Baker.
He opened with a bye, then pinned Lake's Brandon Taylor (:57) to help Lakota end the opening day 14th with nine points.
Teammates alive in the consolation bracket include Dakota Kroeger (120), Andrew Hovis (126), Brendan Biddle (132), Jordan Jaso (145), Sam Kern (152), Bobby Arriaga (170) and Cody Carver (220).