WRESTLING: Fehlman victorious at Tool City
MEADVILLE – Warren’s D.J. Fehlman already has a resume that most wrestlers would take for a career.
On Saturday, the sophomore added a Tool City championship to that resume, winning the 126-pound title of the 34th annual tournament at Meadville Area High School.
Along the way, Fehlman (19-0) earned the 50th win of his high school career leaving him just past halfway to the 100-wins mark with well over half of his career remaining.
The Tool City title is the first major accomplishment of Fehlman’s sophomore season after winning a District 10 Class AAA title as a freshman and winning a record 33 matches as a ninth-grader.
After going 2-0 on Friday to work his way into the semifinals, Fehlman punched his ticket to the finals Saturday morning when he decisioned Saegertown’s Nick Monico. Not that Fehlman didn’t have to work for it, building a slim lead and then holding off Monico’s late charge for a 5-3 victory.
The win on Saturday morning placed Fehlman in the 126-pound championship bout. There, Fehlman received a victory via injury default when Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop was unable to compete. Shoop had qualified for the final after winning a 17-7 major decision over Clearfield’s Dylan Graham.
“D.J. put together another nice weekend,” said Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger. “He had some challenging matches but that’s a positive because he’s in dire need of those competitive matches right now. He was able to work on some things during the tough matchups. He would’ve liked to have had the championship match instead of winning by injury, but you can’t do much about those things.”
While Fehlman provided the highlight of the tournament, he wasn’t the only wrestler who provided a nice effort for Warren – who was 12th in the 17-team field.
Like Fehlman, 220-pound sophomore Alex Streich worked his way into the semifinals with a 2-0 showing on Friday. However, in the semifinals, Streich suffered a pin at the hands of Cochranton standout Cam Cyphert.
From there, Streich fell into the consolation bracket and a 4-0 loss to DuBois’ Nick Davido sent him to the fifth-place match. Streich ended the tournament on a high not, claiming fifth with a 1-0 decision of Boiling Springs’ Clavin Barrick.
“We’re very happy for Alex who continues to very quietly put together a great record this season,” said Baldensperger. “He’s been working very hard and it’s showing in his matches. He’s been a real silent surprise this year.”
Three additional Warren wrestlers also won matches on Saturday with Jason Peterson (132), Jonah Hordusky (138) and Garrett Smead (152) all winning third-round consolation bouts in the morning session. However, all three were then eliminated during fourth-round consolation matches.
General McLane won the tournament title with 203.5 points with DuBois (171) second and Boiling Springs (165) third.
The Dragons return to action Tuesday at Titusville.
RIPLEY, N.Y. – Youngsville boasted four placewinning wrestlers, including two champions, during a sixth-place team finish at the 16-team Ripley Tournament on Saturday.
220-pounder Jaykup Durlin and 182-pounder Stone Sivak returned home with perfect 3-0 records and first-place trophies. 132-pound sophomore Aaron Hoover finished a strong third and 160-pounder Zach Ishman was fourth.
“All the guys have really been stepping it up lately,” said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman. “I feel like things are starting to come together and that maybe we’re peaking at the right time.”
Durlin started his day 2-0 to advance to the championship finals where he squared off with Trevor Enterline of the host school.
Durlin built up an early lead over Enterline before Durlin’s opponent was forced to withdraw from the match with an injury.
Sivak’s final match was against J.J. Main of Sweet Home. Sivak was in firm command of the bout, leading 11-0 before pinning his opponent near the midway mark of the second period.
“Of all the guys, I think Stone probably impressed me the most,” said Ishman. “He was very crisp and very clean. He just wrestled an outstanding tournament.”
Hoover finished the tournamentwith four victories and just one loss, defeating Strong Vincent’s Joe Henderson in the third-place bout.
Zach Ishman was forced to forfeit his 160-pound third-place match due to PIAA rules limiting how many matches an athlete can wrestle in a 24-hour period. Ishman had already wrestled the maximum five matches.
The Eagles (1-8) will look to improve on their regular season team mark Wednesday when they visit Harbor Creek.