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Johns records 100th career pin at sectional tournament

Of the 47 matches wrestled on Friday during the first day of the Division III sectional wrestling tournament at Beachwood, 37 ended with a pin.

37 of the 47 matches wrestled on Friday resulted in a pin

Cardinal senior Casey Johns didn’t have the fastest pin—that honor went to Ledgemont’s Mike McKeon with a 20-second fall at 170—but his was the most significant. It was the 100th pin of his career.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Johns said. “I could have had it last week at our 87 Rumble, but I kind of didn’t want to. It seemed cooler to have it here in front of a lot more people and fans. It’s pretty exciting though.”

Johns now has 152 career wins and he has his sights set on winning a fourth sectional title and the greatest prize of them all, a state championship. He finished fourth in the state in 2011 and qualified but did not place last season.

“I want to win it all, for sure,” he said. “All through pee wees and middle school, I’ve always made it to states and I’ve never won it. I’ve been a runner-up, I’ve took third, I’ve took fourth twice, I finished sixth, all those different places, but I’ve never won it. To end it with my senior year, with the coaches I’ve had my entire life, the team I’ve been with my entire life, would be amazing. It would be awesome.”

Johns will wrestle Wickliffe’s Tyler Corman in the 132-pound semifinals. A victory could set up a matchup between the top two seeds, Johns and Pymatuning Valley’s Zach Campbell, a two-time state qualifier.

The two wrestled earlier this season, with Johns controlling the match. He doesn’t expect things to be any different if the two meet in Saturday night’s finals.

“I wrestled him once already this year and I handled him pretty well,” Johns said. “I think I beat him by five or so. I’m not worried about it. He seems to be pretty pumped up and thinks he’s going to come after me but I’m just going to go out there and tear him up.”

Campbell scored a 17-1 technical fall in the quarterfinals. He’ll face Berkshire’s Brandon Vander Maas in the semis.

After two rounds of wrestling, Beachwood and Grand Valley are tied for the team lead with 58 points each. Pymatuning Valley is in third with 56.5 points, but the Lakers have a tournament-high eight semifinalists. Beachwood, Grand Valley, Kirtland and Berkshire all have seven wrestlers in Saturday’s semis.

“I like the fact that we had, in terms of the bracketing, we got some good first round matchups,” said Beachwood head coach Dugan Bentley. “Some of our kids that lost are kids that really had tough draws, and actually are in some pretty tough weight classes. The kids that won pretty much went out there and took care of business the way they should have and got a lot of pins.”

Bison wrestlers Sammy Gross (120), Anthony Walden (two pins at 138), Alex Angersola (145), Andrew Kitay (152), and Ryan Harris (160) all recorded quarterfinals round pins to advance to the semis. Trevor Sanshuck scored a technical fall at 170 and Paully Flowers advanced to the 195-pound semis with two byes.

Walden, the tournament’s No. 5 seed, pinned VASJ’s W.D. Hudson, the No. 4 seed, to advance to the semis. He’ll face Berkshire’s Cody Charvat, the top seed and a defending sectional champion, in the 138-pound semifinals.

“The matchup of the day that really could have gone either way, which we were anticipating, was Anthony Walden,” Bentley said. “He ended up getting a reversal and pinning the kid, which hopefully will set the tone for him going for the postseason. He had eight seedable guys in his weight class and they’re all pretty much even, so for him to beat a kid that’s seeded ahead of him is good. Hopefully he’ll keep that going.”

Grand Valley’s semifinalists include Michael Miller (113), Heath Martin (120), Travis Pelles (138), Sean Szitas (152), Luke Baldwin (160), Glenn Zaller (182) and Jason Takacs (285).

Pymatuning Valley’s semifinalists include Kris Leonard (120), Gary Baker (126), Zach Campbell (132), Dominic Wolf (145), Cody Ellis (182), Austin O’Baker (195), David Baker (220), Shawn Shreves (285).

Berkshire junior T. J. Malkus, a state qualifier last season and two-time district qualifier, was scratched from the tournament, but would have been the No. 1 seed at 126 pounds. He ends the season with a 26-4 record and one win short of 100 for his career.

Team Standings
1. Beachwood 58 (7)
1. Grand Valley (7)
3. Pymatuning Valley 56.5 (8)
4. Kirtland 45.5 (7)
5. Berkshire 44.5 (7)
6. Cardinal 38 (6)
7. Wickliffe 35.5 (3)
8. Hawken 27 (3)
9. Richmond Hts 17 (2)
10. Newbury 13 (2)
10. VASJ (3)
12. Ledgemont 7 (1)

Semifinal Pairings
106 - Louis DeMarco (Hawken) vs. Nate Walker (Berkshire), Joe Tromba (VASJ) vs. Brandon Neikirk (Cardinal)
113 - Ian Mast (Cardinal) vs. Marco Argentieri (Richmond Hts), Michael Miller (Grand Valley) vs. Pete Jahnke (Kirtland)
120 - Sammy Gross (Beachwood) vs. Heath Martin (Grand Valley), Mike Calvert (Kirtland) vs. Kris Leonard (Pymatuning Valley)
126 - Michael Peters (Cardinal) vs. Gary Baker (Pymatuning Valley), Tim Henry (Newbury) vs. Evan Francis (Kirtland)
132 - Casey Johns (Cardinal) vs. Tyler Corman (Wickliffe), Brandon Vander Mass (Berkshire) vs. Zachary Campbell (Pymatuning Valley)
138 - Cody Charvat (Berkshire) vs. Anthony Walden (Beachwood), Clayton Davidson (Kirtland) vs. Travis Pelles (Grand Valley)
145 - Alex Angersola (Beachwood) vs. Russ Horacek (Wickliffe), Dominic Wolf (Pymatuning Valley) vs. Jason Kaser (Berkshire)
152 - Sean Szitas (Grand Valley) vs. David Monturi (Wickliffe), Andrew Kitay (Beachwood) vs. Seth King (Hawken)
160 - Ryan Harris (Beachwood) vs. Curtis Brown (VASJ), Troy Miller (Cardinal) vs. Luke Baldwin (Grand Valley)
170 - Rocky Calvert (Kirtland) vs. Jeff Christian (Hawken), Trevor Sanshuck (Beachwood) vs. Mike McKeon (Ledgemont)
182 - Glenn Zaller (Grand Valley) vs. Brad Simon (Berkshire), Cameron Sullivan (Kirtland) vs. Cody Ellis (Pymatuning Valley)
195 - Evan Brettrager (Kirtland) vs. Austin O'Baker (Pymatuning Valley), Ryan Miller (Berkshire) vs. Paully Flowers (Beachwood)
220 - Caleb Fry (Cardinal) vs. David Baker (Pymatuning Valley), Erin Williams (VASJ) vs. Spencer Qualls (Newbury)
285 - Beau Brickman (Richmond Hts) vs. Shawn Shreves (Pymatuning Valley), Devon Stivers (Berkshire) vs. Jason Takacs (Grand Valley) 

Steve Hare

The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997.

He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, covering high school football and wrestling.

In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Rivals.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He primarily focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting.

OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams.

Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Burton with his wife Paulette and their children. 

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