Morgan 5th, EC wrestlers 18 at West Jefferson Inv.


WEST JEFFERSON — Noah Morgan was the top finisher for East Clinton wrestling Dec. 29-30 at the West Jefferson Invitational.

The Astros were 18th out of 20 teams.

Morgan was fifth at 160 pounds, going 7-2 with two pins and a tech fall. In his pool, Morgan tied with Brennan Hicks from Piqua and Jared Kremer from Fairfield Local for first place with 6-1 records. Hicks was given the nod as the No. 1 seed based on team points scored. Morgan, after a bit of confusion, was determined to wrestle for fifth place, where he pinned Zach Featherston of Eastwood in 3:53, EC coach Doug Stehlin said.

Brayden Esposito (106) and Thomas Wright (170) both finished seventh in their respective weight classes.

“Morgan and Wright had good tournaments,” Stehlin said.

Stehlin said Wright’s finish was impressive “considering he moved up a weight class and battled through sickness.”

Stehlin said Morgan had a win over the top wrestler in his bracket.


December 29-30

@West Jefferson Invitational

Team: West Holmes 443 West Jefferson 432 Eastwood 387 Circleville 374 Logan Elm 343 Holland Springfield 302 Fairfield Union 295 Hillsboro 290 Harrison Central 283 Piqua 230 Franklin 222 Westerville Central 213 Westland 209 Jonathan Alder 196 Southeastern 179 Columbus West 159 Madison-Plains 102 East Clinton 95 Adena 70 Bethel 44

106: Brayden Esposito pinned Ricky Tussey (FR) 2:35; was pinned by Mason Hakeos (SH) 0:45; pinned Ricky Tussey (FR) 2:53; was pinned by Thane Kaufman (WH) 1:14; tech fall over James Gregory (AD) 15-0, 3:21; was pinned by Keegan Kohler (FU) 0:38; was pinned by Amadi Bakari (WC) 3:25; was pinned by Mason Glaze (E) 3:49 was pinned by Edgar Cruz-Bernardo (W) 4:57

160: Noah Morgan was dec by Jared Kremer (FR) 5-3; pinned Elijah Glover (CIR) 2:00; dec Christian Algoe (LE) 13-3; pinned Austin Miller (WeCe) 4:46; dec Brennan Hicks (PQ) 5-2; dec Schuyler Anspach (FU) 5-3; dec Malcolm Moyer (HC) 9-3; pinned Zach Featherston (E) 3:53

170: Thomas Wright dec Jordan Beyer (FU) 9-4; pinned Chase Kelly (MP) 2:54; was pinned by Seth Welch (E) 3:53; pinned Luke Stalnaker (JA) 3:34; pinned Caleb Hartley (LE) 1:11; was pinned by Evan Lonsway (SpHo) 3:02; was dec by Blayne Erwin (HaCe) 7-5; dec Jordan Beyer (FU) 9-2

182: DJ Perry was dec by Matthew Blankenship (PQ) 11-5; was pinned by Cody Gamble (HaCe) 2:26; was pinned by Nathaniel Wilson (WJ) 2:00; pinned Ryan Bevington (MP) 2:30; dec Warren Kitchen (FR) 10-5; forfeit loss to Joey Geiger (SH); forfeit loss to Warren Kitchen (FR).

195: Nathaniel Trimm was pinned by Zane Zientek (E) 0:11; was pinned by Garrett Raney (SpHo) 1:02; was pinned by Robert Bucy (CIR) 1:04; was pinned by Ethan Welsh (FU) 1:27; was pinned by Alex Walker (WH) 3:24; was pinned by Logan Toops (MP) 0:21; was pinned by Deegan Boris (Hills) 1:50; was pinned by Gavin Rodriguez (WeCe) 0:34.

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