The Tallmadge wrestling team finished 10th at the America’s Best Value Inn Tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday at St. Clairsville High School.
Barnesville won the 34-team competition. Team scores were not available.
Senior captain Jesse Kanatzar was the Blue Devils’ lone champion. He earned a 17-2 technical fall over Martins Ferry’s Noah Duck in the final to win the 182-pound title. It was his second title in St. Clairsville and second championship this winter.
"Jesse is really starting to dominate his opponents," Tallmadge head coach Jason Shaw said.
The Blue Devils were missing senior Ben Blankenship and junior Nate Amato due to illness and injury.
"Those two would have definitely got us in the top five in team scores," Shaw said.
Senior Josh Heatwall (132) placed fourth at the tournament. He lost to Colton Slagle of Williamstown (West Virginia) by pin.
"Josh is headed in the right direction and is gaining the confidence needed to place in every tournament from here on out," Shaw said.
Sophomore Gus Fortseras (138) placed fifth with a 9-6 decision over Bridgeport's Peyton Pyle. Classmate Aden Schwartz (152) took sixth with a loss to Toronto's Kyre Smith.
Sophomore Nick McGarry (182) also took sixth with a loss to Harrison Central's Hayden Wallace by pin.
Max Blondin (220), another sophomore, picked up four wins in his first varsity tournament of the season.
"Our sophomores did a good job as a group and gained some valuable experience," Shaw said.