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Early exit for Raiders

From Staff Reports

COLUMBUS–It was a brief appearance for the South Range wrestling team at the Div. III state dual tournament, as the sixth-seeded Raiders were bounced in the quarterfinals by third-seeded Versailles 40-20 Sunday at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Gavin Pahdnish (113 pounds), Michael Markulin (120), Naseem Maali (138), Logan Cormell (152) and Anthony Czap (220) all picked up wins for the Raiders.

Pahdnish defeated Mike Reed by an 8-2 decision, while Markulin walloped Luke Batty in an 18-4 major decision. Cormell also had a big victory with a 9-1 major decision over Noah Barga. Czap made short work of Brayden Keihl with a pin at the 1:41 mark.

South Range was one of five Div. III teams who were making their first appearance at the state duals. The Raiders advanced to Columbus by knocking off Waterloo for the Rootstown regional title.

Versailles then fell to Waynedale 33-29 in the semifinals. Waynedale was slammed by Milan edison 57-14 in the finals.

Versailles was making its third straight state dual appearance after reaching the semifinals the last two years.

In Div. II, top-seeded Louisville claimed the title by slaying seven-time state champion St. Paris Graham Local (seeded third) 34-30 in the finals. The Leopards advanced to the tournament for the first time by defeating Beaver Local 54-21 in the Beachwood regional final.

Top-seeded Lakewood St. Edward took the Div. I title with a 36-30 victory over second-seeded Elyria.

Div. III

Quarterfinals

Milan Edison 66, Shenandoah 3

Brookville 43, Eastwood 28

Waynedale 55, Benjamin Logan 15

Versailles 40, South Range 20

106: Payton Platfoot (V) maj. dec. Hunter Newell, 15-1.

113: Gavin Pahdnish (SR) dec. Mike Reed, 8-2.

120: Michael Markulin (SR) maj. dec. Luke Batty, 18-4.

126: Noah Brown (V) dec. Clayton Kramer, 7-3.

132: Nick Monnier (V) dec. Jacob Richardson,13-6.

138: Naseem Maali (SR) dec. Carson Bey, 10-4.

145: Kane Epperly (V) dec. Jacob Starkey. 11-4.

152: Logan Cormell (SR) maj. dec. Noah Barga, 9-1.

160: Cael Bey (V) pin Shawn Oakes, 0:53.

170: Alex Kaiser (V) pin Dylan Dominguez, 4:41.

182: Noah Gilmore (V) dec. Cade Holmes, 13-8.

195: Isaac Grilliot (V) pin Jacob Brooks, 1:15.

220: Anthony Czap (SR) pin Brayden Keihl, 1:41.

285: Austin Nerderman (V) pin Michael Lally, 5:25.

SEMIFINALS

Milan Edison 56, Brookville 15

Waynedale 33, Versailles 29

FINALS

Milan Edison 57, Waynedale 14

Div. II

QUARTERFINALS

Louisville 69, Freemont Ross 6

Bellevue 43, Sandusky Perkins 24

St. Paris Graham Local 48, West Holmes 24

Aurora 63, Miami Trace 6

SEMIFINALS

Louisville 51, Bellevue 22

St. Paris Graham Local 32, Aurora 30

FINALS

Louisville 34, St. Paris Graham Local 30

Div. I

QUARTERFINALS

Lakewood St. Edward 52, Beavercreek 13

Wadsworth 39, Dublin Coffman 19

Brecksville 45, Cincinnati Elder 21

Elyria 62, Upper Arlington 12

SEMIFINALS

Lakewood St. Edward 50, Wadsworth 12

Elyria 33, Brecksville 29

FINALS

Lakewood St. Edward 36, Elyria 30