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Area wrestlers qualify for district tournament

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

NELSONVILLE — It’s all about quartets.

The Chesapeake Panthers and Fairland Dragons each placed four wrestlers in the sectional tournament.

The top four finishers in the sectional qualified for the district tournament.

The district meet will be held Friday and Saturday at Coshocton. The top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the state meet to be held in Columbus.

Friday’s matches start at 5:30 p.m.

Chesapeake was led by seniors Logan McCloud and Cole Webb who both finished second. Sophomore Jeremy Webb was fourth while senior John McFarland finished fifth.

Fairland will send four wrestlers to the district after they were among the top four finishers at the sectional.

Seniors Brett Brewer and Zach McKinney and freshmen Mason Cox and Trenton Bumgarner all qualified.

McCloud — who wrestles in the 113-pound class — qualified for the district meet for the fourth straight year. Now 28-3, McCloud lost the sectional title match 6-2 to Cody Welch of Nelsonville-York.

Cole Webb wrestles in the heavyweight class and is a two-time district qualifier. Currently 34-6 on the season, he fell to Tanner Kuntz of Zane Trace in the finals when he was pinned at the 2:30 mark.

McFarland pinned Jared Coey of Huntington at 1:15 in the 225-pound class. A two-time district qualifier, McFarland is an alternate for the district meet and has a 25-8 record.

In the 132-pound class, Jeremy Webb was pinned at the 4:50 mark by Nic Peecher of Adena. A first-time qualifier, Webb is 29-6 on the year.

Cox was second in the 220-pound class when he was pinned by Michael Everett of Trimble in 1:45. He is 3-1 on the season.

Brewer was third in the 170-pound division as he beat Weston Wagner of Waterford 13-9. The first-time district qualifier is 35-17 on the season.

McKinney was third as he qualified for his second district meet. He pinned Lyle Watters of Huntington in 1:42 and he has a 19-3 record.

Bumgarner was fourth in the 106-pound class. Now 39-12 on the season, Bumgarner was pinned by Silas Gray of Adena at 2:35.