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Barnett back in the finals, seven wrestlers remain

By JAKE FURR Reflector Sports Editor [email protected] • Mar 10, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Edison senior Brady Barnett has found himself back in familiar territory.

The 138-pounder punched his ticket to the state championship match of the Division III Individual State Wrestling Tournament for the third time in his outstanding career. Barnett began his day by pinning Kamron Paulus of W. Milton Milton-Union in 2:42 to advance to the semifinals. The then pinned Gavin Stika of Creston Norwayne in 1:15 to give him his third trip to the finals.

Barnett will take on Noah Mattin of Archbold for an individual state championship today.

In the Division III 106-pound weight class, Edison’s Ray Adams rebounded from an opening day loss to pick up two wins before dropping a match to Collin Yinger of Nelsonville-York. The loss put Adams into a battle for seventh and eighth place against Jacob Kuhlins of Massillon Tuslaw today. Regardless of the outcome, Adams will find himself on the podium at the conclusion of the tournament.

In the Division III 113-pound weight class, Edison’s Dylan Burns, who won his opening match over Robert Pinkie Rocky River Lutheran W. on Thursday, dropped his second round match to Greg Quinn of Shadyside 5-0 to put him in the consolation bracket. There he rallied off two wins first over Kaleb Nickels of Casstown Miami East 7-5 then beat Cameron Dickman of Oak Harbor 3-1 to put himself in a position to wrestle for a third place finish. He takes on Zach Larue of Akron Manchester today.

In the Division III 120-pound weight class, South Central sophomore Dakota Blanton dropped his consolation match against Dalton Leightner of Rootstown 6-2 to bring an end to his incredible season. Blanton finished the year 39-8.

In the Division III 145-pound weight class, St. Paul’s Derek Gross began his day defeating Tanner Bey of Versailles 9-5 to earn a trip to the semifinals. He dropped his match to Stan Bleich of Elyria Catholic 8-2 dropping him to the consolation bracket. He is still in the hunt for third place and takes on Dylan Mansor of Oak Harbor in the semifinals of the consolation bracket today.

Edison’s Alex Neuberger rebounded from an opening round loss in the 145-weight class on Thursday and rallied off three wins to remain in the hunt for third place. He defeated Zack Zizzo of N. Lewisburg Triad 5-0 and Dawson Hoselton of Chil. Zane Trace pinning him in 2:08 to advance to the semifinal of the consolation bracket. Neuberger takes on Cody Rhoads of Orwell Grand Valley. If Gross and Neuberger win their matches, they could battle each other for third place.

In the Division III 160-pound weight class, Edison’s Dalton Burns saw his career come to an end. After dropping an opening round match on Thursday sending him to the consolation bracket, Burns kept his dream alive for another day defeating Christian Koch of Richwood N. Union 8-7 to advance to Friday. Burns dropped his next match to Luke Sorboro of Rootstown 3-1 to bring an end to his tournament.

In the 195-pound weight class, Edison junior Sam Stoll earned an opening win over Hunter Foster of Crooksville pinning him in 3:03 to advance him to Friday. Stoll lost his quarterfinal match to Logan Hall of Massillon Tuslaw 3-1 sending him to the consolation bracket. Stoll then pinned Jacob Campbell of Sullivan Black River in 31 seconds. He lost his next match to John Kelbly of Smithville 9-8 sending him to the match for seventh and eighth place against Jake Burns of W. Jefferson today. Regardless, Stoll will find himself on the podium and the end of the tournament.

In the Division II 160-pound weight class, Norwalk freshman Ethan Hernandez picked up some valuable experience at state. Hernandez dropped his opening round match to Ryan Thomas of St. Paris Graham Local getting pinned in 27 seconds. Hernandez then rebounded for a big win over Mark Bayless of Col. Bishop Hartley 7-5 to advance to Friday. The freshman dropped his first match of the day to Brahm Ginter of Shelby 3-2 bringing an end to his freshman season. He finished his year at 42-10.

In the Division II 220-pound weight class, Abdullah Silmi put together an impressive day after winning his opening round match on Thursday. Silmi drew the predicted state champion Johnny Shafer of St. Paris Graham Local in the quarterfinals and beat him 5-4 to pull off the thrilling upset. Silmi then dropped his semifinal match to Brandon Phillips of Maumee in an overtime heartbreaker. Silmi will have a chance to battle for third place taking on Austin Norris of Jefferson Area in the semifinals of the consolation bracket today.

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