Eighteen local wrestlers made the trip to Columbus this week for the State Tournament, but only three had shot to wrestle this weekend for a State championship.
In Division Two, in the 285 pound weight class, West Branch Senior Logan Sharp faced Jqan Fisher from Toledo Central Catholic. Sharp took a 1-0 lead into the third round, before recording the pin at the 5:22 mark. Sharp will compete for a State Title Saturday.
“It was exhilarating,” Sharp said. “I didn’t even place last year, so to be first or second, it’s a real honor.”
Also in Division Two, in the 120-pound weight class, Canfield Senior Korey Frost battled Dustin Warner from Claymont. Frost got down early, and trailed 6-1 after the reversal. Frost earned a point in the final round, but it wasn’t enough, falling 7-2.
“My first two matches, I wrestled great. I was confident, like I wasn’t that nervous. Then State Semifinals, what everybody wishes they were in, I guess it just got to me. I was too nervous and didn’t wrestle well,” said Frost.
Finally, in Division Three in the 170-pound weight class, Girard Senior Nick Cardiero met Joey Meek from Northwestern. The match was scoreless through one round. Cardeiro recorded an escape to make it 2-1. He also got a reversal to make it 3-4. However, a reversal by Meek sealed the deal in the third round, defeating Cardeiro 6-4.
“It’s a great run being in the semifinals. It’s my first year down here. But I just got to come back and win one more match so I can go for third or fourth.”