Wednesday, May 22

    North sends four to district tournament

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    After a top-four finish at the Division I Euclid sectional on Saturday, North sent four wrestlers to next weekend’s district tournament at North Canton Hoover.

    Junior Shamus Brady led the way with his runner-up finish at 113 pounds.

    “I was very happy with my performance,” Brady said. “I think it will greatly help me in the following district tournament.”

    Brady opened the tournament with a bye and then recorded back-to-back first-period pins to advance to the championship bout.

    Despite a setback in that finals match, Brady is eager to see what he can accomplish at the district tournament.

    Brady, who improved to 26-12 on the year, will wrestle Green freshman Xander Spencer in the first round of the district tournament.

    “I’m going into the district tournament feeling good and ready to do my best,” he said. “I feel prepared and confident in my skills, and I believe the work leading up to this shows.”

    Senior Lucas McArthur also advanced to the district tournament after his third-place finish at 144 pounds.

    “I am pretty satisfied with how some of my matches have gone,” McArthur said. “I feel like I could have wrestled better but I put in my all to wrestle back.”

    McArthur opened the sectional tournament with a bye and then suffered a defeat to Riverside’s Ben Hainezy in the quarterfinal round.

    He bounced back with a pin in the consolation quarterfinals and punched his ticket to the district tournament with an 11-3 major decision.

    McArthur, who improved to 23-13, closed out the tournament with a third-period pin of Valley Forge’s Zamani Matsuo-Jamieson.

    He’ll wrestle Rhodes’ Durrell Lavette (27-4) in his district tournament opener.

    “I’m going to give it my all,” McArthur said. “Either it’s in or out of the room. I want to see how far I can go.”

    Junior Dylan Preston extended his season by at least another week after he placed fourth at 132 pounds.

    Preston opened the tournament with a bye and then cruised into the semifinal round where he fell to Walsh Jesuit’s Jonathon Campbell, 10-3. A 10-5 win in the consolation semifinals earned Preston a berth in the district tournament.

    Brunswick’s Bryaden Miles defeated Preston in the third-place bout, 5-1.

    Preston, who improved to 33-10, will wrestle Stow’s Robert Davis (35-0) in the first round at the district tournament.

    “I feel I could have done a little better (at the sectional tournament),” Preston said. “Going into next week, I need to be more crisp with my moves and I need to be moving the whole time. Competition is going be tough but I’m going to give it 100 percent.”

    Sophomore Cash Pemberton also advanced to the district tournament with his fourth-place finish at 190 pounds.

    Pemberton opened the tournament with a bye and then dropped into the consolation bracket following a 12-4 loss to Riverside’s Alex Weiss. After a pair of byes, Pemberton won by default over Valley Forge’s Chase Scheely in the consolation semifinals.

    He closed out the tournament with a second loss to Weiss in the third-place bout.

    Pemberton, who improved to 17-12, will wrestle Massillon Perry’s Landon Ristoff (27-8) in the first round at the district tournament.

    Sophomore Timmy Jesenovec will serve as a district alternate after placing fifth at 157 pounds.

    Freshman Rion Dancy-Toma (138) and sophomore Patrick Sheehan (285) both finished sixth.



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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.

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