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MARION–Kirtland junior Will Davidson won a pair of matches on Saturday to keep alive his dream of winning a state championship.

Davidson, who improved to 29-3 on the year, opened the Division III OHSAA state championships at Harding High School with a 7-5 overtime victory over Delta’s Carson Chiesa then used a late flurry to beat Troy Christian’s Jason Shaffer in the quarterfinals round, 11-6.

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With his two wins, he guaranteed a place among the top six at 120 pounds and locked up All-Ohio honors.

When wrestling resumes on Saturday, Davidson will face Eastwood senior Brandon Hahn in the semifinals. Hahn, who is 52-1, placed fourth in the state as a sophomore and also qualified as a freshman.

Kirtland’s Brennon Braud and Anthony Gencarelli will compete in Saturday evening’s second session.

Dan Cosimi contributed to this story

 

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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, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He 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 Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.