GROVE CITY — After one day of competition has been completed at the 37th Annual Fred Bell Wrestling Tournament, the Golden Tide still has five wrestlers alive for a place on the medal podium.
Reaching the semis, and assured of at least a top-6 finish is Tide senior Zach Holland. Holland, the top seed, dropped to 138 for the first time on the year and went 3-0 to remain undefeated at 20-0 on the season. Holland made quick work of his first opponent, decking Franklin’s Cam King in 31 seconds. In the round of 16, he defeated Brock Covell of Titusville, and in the quarterfinals he picked up,another fall – this one in 3:02 over Grove City’s Logan Breese. He will face Glendale’s Grant Misiura (11-3), the number four seed.
Three other Tide mat men helped the Golden Tide to their 15th place standing in the 38-team race. The Tide have 56 points, already bettering their performance from last year’s 34 points and 30th place finish. The returning champion Glendale Vikings hold a slim lead 97-90.5 over the Kane Wolves.
At 106, Jake Carfley (17-5), the seven seed, picked up two 26 second falls before losing in the quarterfinals to the number two seed. Carfley will also face a Glendale Viking, Nate Storm (5-4) in the fourth round of wrestlebacks.
Joining Carfley one win short of assuring themselves a medal are Jake McCracken (18-4) at 170 and Duane Brady (15-7) at 182.
McCracken also started the tourney with a pair of pins, but was then beaten by the number one seed 12-1 in the quarterfinals. McCracken will meet Clarion’s Cutler Boggess Saturday morning.
Pinned by the number four seed in his first match, Brady went on to earn his spot in the fourth round of consolations after a bye and two first period falls. He will face Meadville’s Griffen Buzzell, the number eight seed.
Two Tide wrestlers won two matches before bowing out of the tourney – Zach Shaffer at 132 and Brennen McCarty at 220. Going 1-2 in the tournament were Nik Fegert at 126, Adam Straw at 145, and Nick Holbert at 195. Going 0-2 were Caleb Stiles at 120, Noah Brady at 152, and Dylan Harmic at 160.
Complete tournament results can be found here, courtesy Flo Wrestling.