Day one of the state wrestling tournament at Value City Arena in Columbus is all about “survive and advance.”
It that regard, Thursday was a good day for the 10 Cuyahoga Falls-area wrestlers at state, as all 10 advanced to Friday’s morning session.
In Division I, Walsh Jesuit saw first-time state qualifier Dominic DiPietro win his opening bout at 170 pounds. DiPietro scored a 7-5 win over Westerville North’s Mitch Potterf to advance to the quarterfinals.
Walsh 152-pounder Will Schmidt lost a tight 5-3 decision to Centervile’s Drew Wiechers in his first match, but rebounded with an 11-2 major decision over Findlay’s Boston Dubocq in the consolation bracket.
Meanwhile in Division II, all of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s “Big Three” cruised to the quarterfinals.
At 106 pounds, CVCA’s Jacob Decatur scored a 19-4 technical fall over Napolean’s Caleb Hernadez, while twin brother Jordan Decatur pinned Indian Creek’s Parker Mazik in 4:59 at 132 pounds. At 120 pounds, Matt Cardello scored a 15-5 win over Ontario’s Carter Knoll.
At 145 pounds, CVCA’s Justin West lost his first state match, losing 9-1 to Tippecanoe’s Caleb Blake. He rebounded with a win over Ontario’s Colton Turnbaugh.
CVCA 220-pounder Breslin Walker endured a frustrating opener, as he lost 5-4 to Maumee’s Brandon Phillips. Walker took his frustration out on Bellfountaine’s Bruno Pattison, pinning him in 59 seconds.
Also at Division II, Woodridge senior 126-pounder David Massey opened his tournament well, scoring a 14-2 major decision over Zane Trace’s Jordan Hoselton to reach the quarterfinals.
It was a bit of deja vu for Woodridge 152-pounder Isaac Yoho, as he was pinned 4:36 by Carrollton’s Justin Shaw — the same wrestler that eliminated Yoho’s twin brother Eli from state last year. Yoho would rebound with a 5-3 win over Washington Court House’s Zane Nelson.
At 170 pounds, Spencer Robinson was leading two-time All-Ohioan Aston Eyler of Uhrichsville Claymont when Eyle caught Robinson and pinned him in at the 5-minute mark. Robinson advanced in the consolation bracket via a medical default from Wauseon’s Trent Davis.
Wrestling resumes Friday at 10 a.m. in Columbus.