Cardington’s Bobby Davis squared off against Mount Gilead’s Domminick Sullivan in a 132-pound bout Saturday at the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference championships at Harding High School.
MARION – River Valley’s Efren Silva continued his fantastic season Saturday with a weight-class crown at the 25th Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships and also helped his team to a title of its own.
Silva won the 160-pound class and River Valley was crowned champion of the Red Division.
Silva defeated Buckeye Valley’s Jayke Morris, 18-7, in a title match that was closer than the final score indicated.
“I have never lost to him, but every time I wrestle him, it is a tough match,” Silva said. “I was trying for redemption (Saturday). I got to the finals last year and lost.”
Silva’s title adds another notch to his belt in what has been a special senior season.
Earlier this year, he collected his 100th career win and, on Saturday, he helped his team win the Red Division for the second straight season.
“It’s been great, but I did not do it for just myself (Saturday),” Silva said. “I did it for coach (Mark) McGuire. He has always believed in me, and I knew if he was believing in me, I could do it.”
Meanwhile, Pleasant junior Noah Alexander rolled the dice and came up a winner.
While battling an illness throughout the tournament, he struggled his way to the title match at 132 pounds. However, there was thought of keeping him out of that bout.
“My coaches told me they would see how I was before the final and they talked about sitting me out,” he said. “I talked to the trainer and he said there was nothing I could hurt physically, so I thought I would push through it and do the best I could.”
That best was a second-period pin over River Valley’s Bryce Hessler, which earned Alexander the championship.
“I was feeling terrible, but I just kept going and it worked out,” he said.
Alexander had the same thing happen to him in a tournament this past year when he resided in Oklahoma, only with a different result.
“I had to forfeit and go home,” he said. “This feels very good, and better than I feel physically right now.”
Mike Stewart, of Highland, defended his championship at 120, as did Jared Pack, of Centerburg, at 170. Other weight-class winners were: 106, Jake Neer, Northmor; 113, Zane Johnson, Jonathan Alder; 126, Eli Ayoub, Jonathan Alder; 138, Jake Farley, Northmor; 145, Drake Barnett, Galion; 152, Lane Waddell, Cardington-Lincoln; 182, Kyle Johnson, Northmor; 195, Lane Foster, Northmor; 220, Dustin Baker, Highland; and 285, Deaken McCoy, Galion.
McCoy, who beat previously undefeated Troy Caldwell, of Jonathan Alder, in his title match, was selected as the tournament’s most valuable wrestler.
River Valley had 182 points for its team title and was followed in the Red Division by Pleasant (154), Buckeye Valley (142), Jonathan Alder (106), Galion (96), North Union (76) and Marion Harding (19).
Northmor won its third straight Blue Division title with 210 points and was followed by Highland (155.5), Mount Gilead (44), Centerburg (37) and Cardington-Lincoln 35.
Teams from Fredericktown and East Knox declined to attend the tournament because of inclement weather.
Second-place finishers in the event were Carter Wolf (106), of Pleasant; Jordan Anthony (113), from Buckeye Valley; Pleasant’s Preston Smith (120); Ethan Ice (126), of Pleasant; Hessler, of River Valley, at 132; Dakota Bunting (138), of Highland; Sam Neer (145), of Northmor; Lucas McClaskie (152), from Jonathan Alder; Morris, of Buckeye Valley, at 160; Corbin Bunsold (170), of North Union; Justin Townsend (182), of River Vallley; Zach Baker (195), from Highland; and Caldwell, of Alder, at 285.
Wrestlers who placed third were Nick Miller (106), of North Union; Sterling Edler (113), from River Valley; Conan Becker (120), of Northmor; Jackson Law (126), of River Valley; Northmor’s Brad Baker (132); Ryan Talbot (138), of Galion; Devin Hessler (145), from River Valley; Billy Maytac (152), of Mount Gilead; Brenden Mapes (160), of Centerburg; Buckeye Valley’s Ben Kidwell (170); Brandon Webb (182), of North Union; Galion’s Nick McDaniel (195); Austin Winegarner (220), of River Valley; and Branden Cox (285), of North Union.
Stewart and Tim Williamson, of Mount Gilead, were awarded $1,000 from the MOAC Wrestling Coaches Fund.
Too see a video of some of the action from the MOAC wrestling meet on Saturday, visit www.marionstar.com.