The top four placers in the 14 weight classes today will advance to next week’s state championships in Columbus. A win in the semifinal round would assure a trip to Ohio State University next week.
In the team standings, Norwalk is in third with 52 points, just behind Perkins (61) and Parma Padua (52.5), while Bellevue is in fifth (49.5).
For the Truckers, Ethan Phillips (152 pounds), Ethan Hernandez (160), Gabe Phillips (182) and Alec Maloney (220) have moved on with two wins each on Friday.
Ethan Phillips opened with a pin in 2:37 and 4:30, while Hernandez also had two pins in 1:21 and 35 seconds., Gabe Phillips pinned in 2:33 and claimed a 14-4 major decision over Toledo Central Catholic’s Mason Schmoekel.
At 220, Maloney needed just 33 seconds and 1:33 to advance.
For Bellevue, Gabe Alda (106), Noah Alda (120), Justin Mayes (160) and Aiden Nunez (195) also each advanced to the semifinal round with two victories.
Action will resume at 9:30 a.m. today with the second round of consolations, followed by the semifinals and consolation third round and semifinals.
The finals will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Edison, St. Paul put eight in semis
KANSAS — At the Div. III district championships at Lakota High School, a total of eight area wrestlers from Edison and St. Paul are into the semifinal round scheduled for today.
State powerhouse Genoa is running away with the team race as expected. Edison has 73.5 points behind the Comets (97), while St. Paul (29) is in ninth place.
Moving on to the semifinals for the Chargers included Alec Homan (106), Casey Barnett (113), Ray Adams (120), Jakey Neer (126), Jordan Keegan (138) and Jacob Brewer (195).
Homan needed 42 seconds and 3:17 in two pins, while defending state champion Barnett needed just 2:26 and 1:32 in his two pins. Adams had a 17-0 technical fall win, then a pin in 1:55.
Neer opened with a pin (5:24), then scored an 11-6 decision over Randall Mills (Antwerp). Keegan (1:42, 1:10) and Brewer (1:10, :56) also won their two matches in quick pins.
For St. Paul, both Sam Meyer (170) and Cam Caizzo (182) are in the semis. Meyer opened with a pin in 59 seconds, then scored an 11-0 major decision over Tyler Echler (Liberty Center). Caizzo had a 13-4 major decision over Delta’s Rollin Robinson, then held on for a 2-1 decision over Genoa’s Antonio Quezada in the quarterfinals.
The second round of consolations will begin at 9:30 a.m. today, with semifinals scheduled for 11 a.m. Sixty minutes following the last round of consolations, the finals will take place on three mats.