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Edison dominates host Invitational

By KEVIN SHIELDS • Updated Dec 3, 2017 at 3:38 PM

MILAN — John Mason-Neer went 5-0, winning all four of his contested matches via pinfall, including a pin in 38 seconds in the 182-pound finals, helping the host Chargers to their fourth consecutive team crown at the Edison Invitational.

He was one of three champions — Casey Barnett (106) and Sam Stoll (195) the others — for Edison, which scored 354.5 points.

Berea-Midpark was runner-up with 325 points, followed by Buckeye (294 points), Firelands (187), Clyde (185), Norwalk (164), Western Reserve (154), Holland Springfield (96), Willard (96), Northwestern (67), Monroeville (55) and Margaretta (46).

Expectations will be high for the Chargers again, who return 13 letterwinners from last year’s Division III state team duals championship squad.

Mason-Neer started his day with pins in 1:15 and 2:58, respectively.

Edison added five second-place finishes and had three others place third.

Freshman Casey Barnett beat teammate Jakey Neer with a pinfall in 1:04. He had five total pinfalls.

Stoll beat Berea-Midpark’s David Weaver by an 8-1 decision for the 195-pound title. He was seventh in the same weight class at last year’s state individual tournament.

Junior Ray Adams fell to Firelands’ Payton Burgdorf in the 113 finals. Adams topped Burgdorf for the title at the 2016 Edison Invite, but this year, Burgdorf earned a 9-3 decision to earn tournament MVP honors.

Dylan Burns dropped a close 1-0 decision in 120-pound championship match to Berea-Midpark’s Pino Dipierro.

Trent Werner was second at 132 and Collin Mancuso was third at 152 and Garrett Scott (126) was fourth.

Norwalk’s Hernandez and Maloney earn titles

Norwalk sophomores Ethan Hernandez (160) and Alec Maloney (220) both went 5-0 with five pins to earn individual titles for the Truckers Saturday.

“I think it was good that me and (Maloney) both came out hard, strong and tough,” Hernandez said. “Unfortunately, we have a little group that we call ‘Triple Threat’ and Gabe Phillips got diagnosed with mononucleosis and couldn’t wrestle today. We were all looking to come out with a bang and maybe propel us into the top three.

“But at least me and Alec did the job today,” he added.

Hernandez was fourth in Div. II at 160 as a freshman after going 42-10.

“It’s a good feeling to be one of the top kids in the state, but it’s also a lot of pressure,” he said. “It went from me headhunting everyone else, to everyone headhunting me now. The key will be staying humble and keeping our heads where they’re suppose to be.”

Maloney finished fourth at sectionals at 182 a year ago, advancing to the district tournament with a mark of 26-16.

Saturday’s title was Maloney’s first of his high-school career.

“I want to get farther this year, and to me state is a goal,” Maloney said. “And I don’t want to just go to state, I want to place. But it’s going to take a lot of hard work, too.”

Maloney pinned Monroeville’s Montgomery Walls in the finals in a time of 4:38.

Hernandez pinned Willard’s D.J. Slone in the 160-pound finals in 5:13.

Norwalk also got a third-place effort from Carson Ott at 126.

Western Reserve’s Jacob Martz won the 132-pound title, beating the Chargers’ Werner by major decision (20-8) in the finals. Baliey Glavich was runner-up for the Roughriders as 145, as was Tyler Ramage at 152 and Zack Schlessman at 285.

Raven Brant was third for Willard at 285.

Plymouth fourth at Hillsdale Invite

JEROMESVILLE — The Plymouth wrestling team competed at the Hillsdale Invite on Saturday, finishing fourth in the team standings.

For the Big Red, Peyton Young (170) and Seth Bailey (220) were runners-up, while Keith Tuttle (120) and Luke Cox (145) each took third.

Placing fourth for Plymouth included Jacob Echelbarger (132), Camden Welch (135), Adler Horne (182) and Jared Lewis (220). Earning fifth place included Noah Trimmer (126), Zach Oney (152) and Alec Leslie (195), while Evan Branham (160) was sixth.

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