Schoeppner places second at sectionals

By Todd Reed Press-News Sports Editor Published:

Canton South had a strong showing at the Division II Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Northwest High School, qualifying four matmen to this weekend's districts.

D.J. Schoeppner had the Wildcats best showing, finishing second at 126.

Also moving on are Dominic Stout (4th, 113), Dylan Dolph (4th, 138), and Jake Taylor (4th, 285).

Schoeppner opened the tournament with a pin against DeAndre Payne of Kenmore at 1:29. He then recorded a 16-1 technical fall against Alan Beddow of Norton.

In the championship finals, Schoeppner lost to St. Vincent-St. Mary's Mike Rix by pin at 3:01.

Stout lost his first match to Hunter Napier of Fairless by pin at 1:44. He bounced back in the consolation bracket to pin Bryce Thompson of Triway at 4:43.

Wrestling for third, Stout lost to Emmanual White of Buchetel 18-5.

Dolph opened with a 3-1 win against Carter Casperd of Fairless.

In the championship semifinals, Dolph lost to Ryan Skonieczny of St. Vincent-St. Mary 32-16.

Sent to the consols, Dolph major decisioned Colin Hagenbush 8-0, before losing in the consolation finals 18-9 to Zack Lake of Coventry.

Taylor was pinned in his quarterfinals matchup with John Glas of Norton at 1:02.

He fought back in the consols to beat Nolan Shropshire of Kenmore 7-0.

In the consolation finals, Taylor was once again pinned by Glas at 2:33.

Placing sixth were Jacob Tucke at 106, Ryan Lambert at 120, Jan Almassey at 170, and Dennis Parsons at 182.

St. Vincent-St. Mary won the sectional title with 240 points. It was followed by Coventry with 196, Norton with 152, Northwest with 124.5, Fairless with 115, Kenmore with 91, Hoban with 89.5, Triway with 88, Canton South with 75.5, Buchtel with 63.5, and Springfield with 29.5.

The Division II District Tournament will be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Alliance High School.

The top four in each weight class will qualify to the 2013 State Wrestling Championships, set for Feb. 28 and March 1-2, at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.

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