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Staff Photo / Greg Macafee Austintown Fitch’s Tyler Lintner scrambles as Perrysburg’s Noah Ewen takes a photo Friday night during the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Lintner won the match with a 3-2 decision.

COLUMBUS — Patience is a virtue, and it paid off on Friday afternoon for Austintown Fitch’s Tyler Lintner, who was one of two Falcons to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals at the Olympic Wrestling Tournament. of OHSAA at the Ohio State Schottenstein Center.

For most of his first-round match against Perrysburg’s Noah Ewen, Lintner watched and waited for the perfect opener. He didn’t come in the first round as the two wrestlers tied at 0 and he didn’t come in the second round, even after Ewen took a point to take the lead when Lintner was penalized for having stalled.

But, early in the third period, Lintner took a breakout point and then found his open against Ewen. With 1 minute and 21 seconds left in the period, he collected two more runs for one out and held on to the lead for good to earn a 3-2 decision.

“That’s what I came here to do and it feels really good to get rid of the first one”, Liner said. “Now I have to go back to the hotel and rest for tomorrow.”

The fight is often a chess match with each contestant waiting to take advantage of the other’s mistake and when it was his first match, Lintner wanted to be cautious in order to keep his state title hopes alive. .

“I just didn’t want to force anything to put me in a bad place” Liner said. “So I just like to wait until I feel confident enough to be able to score when I shoot and that’s what I did.”

“He was a very good wrestler, I was just waiting for the right opportunity.”

Lintner came close to qualifying for the state tournament last year. He finished as an alternate in 5th place at the Hoover District Tournament last season, but he ended up taking another step this season. Last weekend, he earned a second-place finish in the Districts after falling to Medina Highlands’ James Scavuzzo by a 10-3 decision.

Now he is thrilled to be at the state level.

“I just have to stay in a good mentality and try to enjoy it and not take it too seriously,” Lintner explained what it would take to keep his race alive.


Making a run to the state tournament is pretty special, but advancing to the quarterfinals after day one, alongside your teammate, well, that may take the cake.

Lintner and Austintown teammate Fitch Jacob Ferguson, along with Garfield teammates Hunter Andel (165) and Keegan Sell (175) advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals in their own way.

Andel landed a pin in 1 minute 32 seconds while Sell beat Brookville’s Dylan Starnes with a 10-4 decision.

Ferguson (113) earned Fitch’s first win of the day by knocking out Elder’s Joey Thamann with a 2-1 decision. Lintner (157) then followed that up with a patient performance against Perrysburg’s Noah Ewen to earn a close 3-2 decision.

“It’s amazing (to see us both move on),” Liner said. “I’m happy for Jake, he deserves it and I just hope we can keep winning.”


In his first-round match on Friday, Howland’s Gage Gibson found himself up against London’s Thadd Huff, who had lost just two games all season and finished 4th in the state tournament last year. It was arguably a tough draw and Gibson fell in the first round by an 11-5 decision. But, Gibson wasn’t going to pack his bags and go home that easily.

In the first round of consolations, Gibson bounced back and pinned Noah Tristano of Dover in 2 minutes and 9 seconds to advance to the second round of consolation matches on Saturday morning.


Last season, South Range’s Mike Markulin and Logan Cormell both finished 5th in their respective weight classes and they found themselves in a familiar position on Friday.

Both wrestlers lost their first-round matches on Friday, with Cormell (165 pounds) dropping a sudden 2-0 win over Sandy Valley’s Matt Gentry and Markulin (138) falling to Troy Christian’s Troy Kennedy.

But, the two found a way to rebound Friday in search of a spot for a second straight year. Last season, Cormell was in exactly the same spot, losing his first match of the tournament, and he struggled through the consolation round to earn a podium spot. So he wasn’t nervous when he got back on the mat on Friday.

“I feel like that’s the type of wrestler I am” Cormel said. “I feel like that’s how I struggle, so hopefully we can go back and get the next one.”

Markulin said he knew his first game was going to be tough, but he also knew he hadn’t quite done his best lately. So he was happy to make it to day 2.

“I’m just thinking, next game, next game now, but I’m just trying to come back and take third place now for my team so we can get the team points,” says Markulin. “We want to win an individual team title as much as we wanted to win the team duels.”

Seven of eight South Range wrestlers lost their first round match and five ended up advancing to today’s wrestling rounds. Hunter Newell (106) earned a 3-0 decision in the first round of consolations and Clayton Kramer (126) earned a major 9-1 decision. With Markulin and Cormell, Jacob Starkey (157) also advanced after a medical package.

Now the Raiders will get a chance to rest and bounce back today, which Cormell says is crucial.

“Sleep is everything and if you’re tired and struggling in these games there’s no way you’re going to win.”


Boardman’s Sean O’Horo (44-1) has been on the cusp of the state tournament for a few years, but he’s run into some bad luck. This bad luck almost showed itself again Friday night in Columbus. After St. Ignatius’ Jarrell Young scored a backhand early in the second period, O’Horo trailed for most of the rest of the game. Then he flipped a switch.

With 16 seconds left in the game, O’Horo scored a backhand then clinched a pin with 10 seconds left to claim victory and advance to the quarter-finals today.

O’Horo will face Coffman’s Mitchell Broskie (43-4).


Aside from the wrestlers already listed, four other Mahoning Valley wrestlers still find themselves in contention for a state title.

Landen Duncan of Chalker (120), who also won a district title last weekend, earned a 5-2 decision over Nathan Parks of Seneca East with one out and one knockdown in the first and second periods, respectively . He also collected a penalty point in the second period. Parks collected his only two points on third-period blocking penalties.

Raymond Cmil of South Range (132), who won a district title last weekend, won his only match of the day with a 4-3 decision over Joey Manley of Otsego. He won takedowns in the first and third periods to earn his four points.

Poland’s Dillon Smith also picked up a big win in the first round, earning a major 17-8 decision win over Taylor’s Dillonn Davidson.

West Branch’s Steven Marra and Cretview’s AJ Coppersmith also earned a place in Saturday’s quarter-finals after picking up wins in their opening matches. Coppersmith picked up a sudden 15-11 win over Amanda-Clearcreek’s Grant Guiler and Marra edged River View’s Cruz Mobley with a 6-2 decision.


Canfield’s Tyler Scharrer qualified for Saturday after taking an 8-5 decision over Washington’s Branton Dawes. Scharrer was pinned in 54 seconds in his first game of the day.


Although several wrestlers found themselves preparing for a wrestling Saturday, others found themselves on the outside looking inside. South Range’s Jacob Richardson and Chris Colucci both saw their tournaments completed on Friday, as did Canfield’s Jimmy Scharrer.

Liberty’s Dominic Leone and Jackson-Milton’s Owen McDevitt also finished their tournament on Friday. Oddly enough, the two fought for third place in the District Tournament last weekend.

Session 2 begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with the quarter-finals and round 2 of consolation matches. Session 3, which will include semi-final matches and quarter-final consolation matches, will begin at 6:30 a.m.

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