SALEM-A long day of wrestling at Salem High School ended with dominance by a wrestling powerhouse, but a couple of local names were able to squeeze their way into the finals of the third annual Davidson Memorial on Saturday.
Wrestling on his home floor, Salem sophomore Kade Byland stormed his way into the final match with three pins before falling to freshman Dalton Cox from Canal Fulton Northwest 4-2 in the finals.
"I felt really good all day," Byland said. "I thought I had a great chance to win and am not happy about losing the final but overall I'm happy with how I wrestled."
Byland evens his overall record on the year to 6-6 after freshman season that saw him go 23-11 and fall in the sectional tournament. Salem wrestling coach Kenny Beaumariage believes he will be a major asset to the squad going forward.
"He has wrestled some very tough kids early this season," Beaumariage said. "That will help him when we get to the tournament. This season he is starting to learn not to make critical mistakes. The kid he wrestled tonight was very good, Kade just gave him one take that decided the match otherwise I think he could have beaten him.
Byland, who also plays football for the Quakers and runs on the 400-meter relay team in track, said it was the best he wrestled all season and looked forward to gathering momentum in the second half of the season.
"I'm just working at it little by little and trying to get better," Byland said. "I feel a lot stronger this year and think I can get much further than sectionals."
Charlie Smith-the lone representative from United-won the 285-pound weight class with a third-period pin of Jarred Cox from Canal Fulton Northwest. The 33 points Smith accumulated was good for 11th place. Salem finished ninth.
"If they had one more guy they would've beaten our whole team," Beaumariage joked.
Columbiana came away with a sixth-place finish in its first trip to the tournament. Nick Delsignore led the way with a third-place finish in the 220-pound division, while Chris Jones finished fourth in the 152-pound division and Robbie O'Mally finished sixth in the 160-pound division.
Crestview is in its fourth year of having a wrestling program and the Rebels came away with an eighth place finish.
Austin McIntosh pinned his final opponent on the way fourth place finish in the 126-pound division and Jacob Henderson (285 pounds) also finished fourth Dylan Dicky (113), Nathan Stelts (182) and Tyler Hall (195) walked away with fifth place finishes, while Jesse Hughes finished sixth in the 170-pound division.
Canfield dominated the finals on its way to the overall victory. The Cardinals won eight of the 14 finals matches.
Overall, Beaumariage-who ran the tournament-could not have been more happy with how things proceeded. With 10 schools, the tournament had its highest participation to date. Beaumariage recruits the schools to the tournament himself.
"A lot of them really like it because it is a five pool tournament which allows them to get a lot of kids mat time," Beaumariage said. "The stands were almost full at 9:30 this morning. I would say we made over 1,000 dollars today. It was a great success."
TEAM STANDINGS: Canfield (A) 364; Canal Fulton Northwest 227; Steubenville Catholic Central 220; Rocky River (A) 216; Aurora (A) 177; Columbiana (A) 93; Canfield (B) 86; Crestview 83.5; Salem (A) 83; Liberty 53.5; United 33; Aurora (B) 32; Rocky River (B) 15; Columbiana (B) 10.5; Crestview (B) 4; Liberty (B) 2; Leetonia 1; Steubenville Catholic Central (B) 1; Salem (B) 0.
106: Hunter Kosco (NW) pin Justin Rosselot (A), 1:17.
113: Kyle West (Canf.) dec. Aaron Kelly (RR), 9-2.
120: Kory Frost (Canf.) dec. Dan Mahoney (RR), 16-1.
126: Georgio Poullas (Canf.) dec. Brad Spau (RR), 15-0.
132: Stephen Daprile (Canf.) dec. Blake Kiedrowski (SC), 6-2.
138: Cedro Parise (SC) pin Braxton Madison (Canf.) 5:26.
145: Shawn Williams (Canf.) dec. Seamus Kilbane (RR) 7-5.
152: Bubba Arslanian (A) win by forfiet.
160: Dalton Cox (NW) dec. Kade Byland (SA), 4-2.
170: Leo Herrmann (SC) dec. Kyle Mears (NW), 13-11.
182: Stan Socha (Canf.) dec. Nate Gossinger (NW), 10-1.
195: Jaret Bunch (Canf.) dec. Isacc Sanford (SC), 8-3.
220: Jacob Escaro (Canf.) pin Tim Fitzwater (NW), 0:27.
285: Charlie Smith (U) pin Jarred Cox (NW) 4:34.