By Jordan Miller
Sports Editor –
Two seniors, two juniors, a sophomore and a freshman will represent Carrollton this week at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament at Columbus.
Qualifiers include seniors Joey Knipp and Brody Robinson; juniors Aidan Pasiuk and Brenton Miller; sophomore Justin Shaw; and freshman Ben Pasiuk.
The qualifiers helped the Warriors post a third place finish at the Division II Claymont District tournament Feb. 26 and 27 with 157 points. Claymont took the top spot with 168.5 points followed by Steubenville with 165 points.
Ben Pasiuk, Aidan Pasiuk and Brody Robinson won championship titles. The top four wrestlers in each weight class earned spots in the state tournament.
Ben Pasiuk (106 lbs.) kicked off the tournament with a pin 10 seconds into his first match over Shawn Corkrean of Columbus DeSales. Pasiuk went on to defeat Dalton Burcher of Indian Valley and Thane Kaufman from West Holmes. He defeated Tim Young of Steubenville by a 10-2 major decision in the championship match.
Aidan Pasiuk wrestled his way to the top spot in the 170 lb. bracket with wins over Eliot Clark of Bexley, Nathan Thomas of Indian Creek and Colton Winters of London. He jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with two quick takedowns over Steubenville wrestler Shawn Livingston in the championship match and went on to win by a 6-3 decision.
Brody Robinson continued to have success in his only year of high school wrestling as he finished in the top spot in the 220 lb. class.
Robinson started his championship run with an opening pin over Grant Robinson of Bexley as time expired in the first period. Robinson went on to defeat Drone Moore of Steubenville 8-4. With 10 seconds remaining in the final period of the semi finals match against Austyn Dozier of East Liverpool, he trailed 7-5. Robinson was awarded a point when Dozier was called for stalling. He repositioned himself for a late takedown and an 8-7 win. Robinson faced Alec Love of Indian Valley in the championship match. He earned the championship title when he pinned Love with five seconds remaining in the opening period.
Justin Shaw opened the tournament with a pin over Brandon Queen of Jackson. He dropped down to the consolation round after falling to Josiah Allison of West Holmes in the second round. Shaw earned a 6-1 decision over Buckeye Valley wrestler Jordan Anthony and then defeated Holden Macy of Athens to earn the right to wrestle for third place. He earned his ticket to Columbus in the consolation semi finals with a 15-6 major decision win over New Lexington wrestler Austin Ratiliff. Shaw fell to Claymont’s Chander Golec 6-4 in the third place match.
Carrollton senior Joey Knipp started off strong with an 18-3 technical fall over Columbus East wrestler Terrion Thompson but met his match against Dakota Goff of Steubenville in the second round. With a 3-0 loss to Goff, Knipp fell to the consolation round. He was able to pin Dakota Soto of Sheridan in the second round of consolation matches. Knipp won by a 4-0 decision against Cade Bates of New Philadelphia to advance to the consolation semifinals. Knipp advanced to state with a 13-7 win over Columbus DeSales wrestler Cameron Cua. He fell 6-3 to Kevin Beal of Fairfield Union in the third place match.
Junior Brenton Miller defeated every wrestler he met until he met his match in the semi finals round. Ethan Fout of Licking Valley won by a close 3-2 decision to send Miller to the semifinals of the consolation round. With 11 seconds remaining in the opening period, Miller pinned Hunter Jacks of Gallia Academy sending him to state. Miller placed third with a 4-1 decision over Michael Jude of Fairfield Union.
“We are so proud of our wrestlers. They all competed well over the weekend and like always, represented Carrollton with pride,” said Coach Ken Pasiuk.
“We are so excited for the wrestlers who advanced to the state tournament and heart broken for the ones that worked so hard this season and just missed out.”
Coach Pasiuk spoke about the group of wrestlers he coached this season.
“We have a very special group of young men this year. All these boys are loved and treated like they are our own,” said Pasiuk. “Our wrestlers couldn’t have asked for better fan support. We might have had more fans from our hometown then any other team. The coaches and wrestlers can’t thank everyone enough for making the trip for our boys,” he concluded.
The state wrestling tournament will be held March 3-5 in The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. The opening round begins March 3 at 3 p.m. Carrollton wrestlers compete in Division II action.
More info regarding the tournament can be found at http://ohsaa.org/sports/wr/boys/default.asp.