Patriots win 3rd straight Liberty Classic


The Patriots picked up yet another win in their host tournament, their third in the last three years, finishing with 304.5 points to take hop honors at Friday and Saturday’s Liberty Classic in Powell.

Liberty standouts included Trevor and Kyle Lawson, Connor Brady, Carson Kharchilava, Blake Saito and Brakan Mead — all champions in their respective weight classes.

Saito (113) beat Lancaster’s Griffin Wilfing 8-0 in his final, Mead (120) handled Licking Valley’s Addison Fogle 7-3 in the championship, Kharchilava (145) cruised past Parkersburg South’s Jarritt Flinn 15-2, Brady (152) beat Northridge’s Forest Belli 20-5, Kyle Lawson (160) pinned Orange’s Logan Broskie in 1:16 and Trevor Lawson (170) blanked Parkersburg South’s T.J. Lambiotte 15-0.

Orange’s Bryce Houston also won a title, dropping Firelands’Douglas Childers 8-3 in the championship of the 220-pound class.

Parkersburg South finished second with 276 points while Olmstead Falls smoothed out the top three with 181. Orange finished fifth with 126 points while Buckeye Valley closed 19th among the 25 teams in action with 39.5.

Delaware Duals

Host Hayes and Big Walnut secured just a pair of team wins in their eight combined matches, but did have a handful of highlights during Saturday’s Delaware Duals.

Carter Davidson, a 2016 district qualifier, made the most noise for the Pacers, finishing the day a perfect 4-0.

The 182-pound senior pinned the Golden Eagles’ Josh Parker in 3:24 to lead Hayes to a 39-30 win over Big Walnut in the opener.

He also picked up pins in the Pacers’ 42-31 second-round loss to Amanda Clearcreek, their 42-33 third-round setback at the hands of Springboro and their 46-36 loss to Hilliard Davidson in the fifth-place match.

Other Hayes standouts included freshman Tristan Burton (113) and sophomore state qualifier Zach Williams (132), who were perfect on the day with a pair of pins apiece.

Bailey Munday (120), meanwhile, finished 4-0 to lead the Golden Eagles. He pinned Demeko Barnes in 1:01 in the loss to Hayes, won 8-2 in Big Walnut’s 48-32 second-round setback to Springboro, notched an 11-2 decision in a 45-29 loss to Amanda Clearcreek and picked up a late pin to lead his team to a 33-30 win over Hartley in the seventh-place match.

Carson Dearth (160) and Kyle Humphries (170) were also solid, each finishing the day with three wins.

North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational

Jake Sherman (113) and Xander Gore (145) finished high up on the podium Saturday, closing in the top three of their respective divisions at the always-competitive North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational.

Gore navigated through a field featuring five state-ranked wrestlers, falling by two to a former state champion en route to the bronze.

Sherman, who entered the tourney unranked, beat two of the four state-ranked wrestlers in his bracket on the way to second-place points.

By Ben Stroup

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