Four Beavers in finals
WHEELING, W.Va. — Beaver Local’s wrestling team is no stranger to success at the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Championships and on Friday it set itself up for a good final day.
The Beavers had four wrestlers make it to championship semifinals on Friday at WesBanco Arena. Oak Glen and Wellsville also had wrestlers reach the championship semifinals.
Beaver Local senior Jaymin Salsberry (13-1) punched his ticket into the 132-pound championship final with an 18-7 major decision over John Marshall’s Carl Cochran in the quarterfinal.
Salsberry will meet top-seeded Wheeling Park’s Nate Shelek (28-3), a former West Virginia state champion, in today’s semifinal.
Salsberry is looking for his second OVAC title in his career. He was first at 106 in 2019.
Parkersburg South’s Ryan Martin and Barnesville’s Griffen Stephen are on the other side of the 132 bracket.
Beaver Local senior Mark Emmerling Jr. (15-2) is also in a championship semifinal as he pinned Steubenville’s Cole Antill in 1:41 in the 138 quarterfinal on Friday evening.
Emmerling, the top seed, will wrestle No. 5 seed Brady Lucas (19-5) from Wheeling Park in the semifinal today.
Emmerling won the 120-pound OVAC title in 2020.
Barnesville’s Skyler King and Parkersburg South’s Trent Jones are in the other 138 semifinal.
Beaver Local senior Dorian Jackson, who was unseeded, joined the semifinal show by pinning Bridgeport’s Peyton Pyle in 1:26 in a 145-pound quarterfinal. Pyle was seeded sixth.
Jackson (9-4) will wrestle No. 2 seed Cody Taggart (23-8) in today’s championship semifinal.
Top-seed Luca Felix of University and Barnesville’s Ayden King are the other semifinalists.
Beaver Local senior Logan Ours (19-1) is in great position for his third OVAC title after he pinned St. Clairsville’s Mason McCort in 1:03 in the 160-pound quarterfinals. Ours has pinned all of his three OVAC opponents so far in less than 2 minutes total time.
Ours will take on No. 4 seeded Robert Shockey (11-4) of Parkersburg South in the 160 semifinals.
Ours won an OVAC title at 120 pounds in 2019 and 132 in 2020.
University’s Dakota Hagedorn and Wheeling Park’s Gabe Carman are in the other semifinal at 160.
Oak Glen sophomore Logan Davis extended his season unbeaten mark to 24-0 as he advanced to the 106-pound championship semifinals with a pin of Barnesville’s Jonathan Huntsman in 1:31.
Davis, the top seed, will meet No. 4 seed Tristen Rossiter (18-2) in today’s semifinal.
Wheeling Park’s Noah White and Cambridge’s Slaton Petitt are in the other semifinal.
Wellsville senior Tyler Stanley (11-4) earned his way into the 285-pound semifinals by beating Dover’s Noah Tristano 7-4 in the quarterfinals.
Stanley will meet No. 2 seed Peyton Tuttle (26-4) of Steubenville in today’s semifinal.
River’s Marshall Bier and University’s Corbin Turney are the other heavyweight semifinalists.
Wheeling Park is ruling the overall scoring with 163 points. Beaver Local is fifth at 108 overall points. Oak Glen is 13th with 55.5 points.
In class scoring, Beaver Local leads class 4A (70 points) currently while Southern (31 points) sits second behind Cameron (48 points) in Class 1A/2A. Wellsville is third in Class 1A/2A with 29 points.
Action resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday. Finals are scheduled for 4 p.m.