MARION—Three Chagrin Valley Conference wrestlers have reached the semifinals round of the Division III state tournament and two others have earned All-Ohio honors.
Kirtland junior Will Davidson, Lutheran West senior Donovan Palmer, and Berkshire junior Lucas Stoddard kept alive their hopes of winning a state title by winning both of their matches on Saturday. That trio will wrestle in the semifinals round on Sunday.
Davidson (120) needed overtime to slip past Delta’s Carson Chiesa, 7-5, in the first round and then he used a flurry of activity late in the third period to beat Troy Christian’s Jason Shaffer, 11-4. He’ll wrestle Eastwood’s Brandon Hahn in the semifinals.
Palmer flattened his first opponent at 160 pounds in 3:37 and then beat Troy Christian’s Connor Havill in the quarterfinals, 4-2. He’ll wrestle Milan Edison’s Shadrick Stone in the semifinals round.
Stoddard pounced on his first-round opponent with a 52-second pin and then improved to 49-0 with a 5-0 win over Indian Lake’s Lane Mefford. He’ll wrestle Archbold’s Carson Meyer in the semifinals round.
Hawken’s Patrick Reineke (113) and Grand Valley’s Chase Cottrell (220) both earned All-Ohio honors by surviving the first day of consolation wrestling.
Reineke won his first bout, 20-4, then fell in the quarterfinals, 6-2. He won his first consolation bout, 10-1.
Cottrell pinned his first state opponent before suffering the same fate in the quarterfinals. He bounced back with a 6-4 win to earn a spot on the podium.
Crestwood’s J.P. Wrobel (120), Berkshire’s Josh Brown (152), Cardinal’s Jerry Rose (182), and Kirtland’s Brennon Braud (182) all bowed out of the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Kirtland’s Anthony Gencarelli (195) went 0-2.
Dan Cosimi contributed to this story