WRESTLING: Warren’s Fehlman a top seed, returning champ at D10 Class AAA tourney

Warren wrestling coach Glenn Baldensperger is optimistic heading into the District 10 Class AAA Wrestling Championships beginning Friday at Central Tech High School.

That’s because of the way several wrestlers have stepped up this season.

“We’ve got some guys in the right spots,” said Baldensperger. “We could get four to six out, reasonably (to regions). Looking back to the beginning of the year, I was thinking three (then).”

The list has to start with sophomore D.J. Fehlman, who is 60-7 over his two seasons at Warren Area High School, including being the first District 10 champion freshman in school history. That was at 120 pounds last year. This year, he’s at 126 pounds – the weight class to watch.

“He’s probably got the most loaded bracket,” said Baldensperger. “You’ve got some pretty good depth in that weight class.”

Fehlman (27-1) earns a first-round bye into the quarterfinals as the top seed. On the other side of the bracket is General McLane sophomore Keller Watkins (24-6), who beat Fehlman in Warren for Fehlman’s only loss of the season. Fehlman earned the decision over Watkins less than two weeks later for the Tool City Tournament title in Meadville. Fehlman could potentially meet Cathedral Prep’s Alex Root (15-7) or Strong Vincent’s Josh Caban (18-6) in the semifinals.

The top four in each weight class advance to the Northwest Region Class AAA Tournament in Altoona the following weekend; Fehlman was Warren’s lone qualifier a season ago and also qualified for states.

Sophomore Alex Streich (24-6) has also had an outstanding season thus far for the Dragons.

“He’s the three seed at 220, and I think he has the ability to beat the 1 and 2 guys,” said Baldensperger.

At 195 pounds, Warren senior Chris McNeal (20-6) is the No. 2 seed. He’s overcome injuries and is looking to get to regions for the first time.

“He’s looking real good to get out, and has a chance to become a district champ if he wrestles well,” said Baldensperger. “Those three have a good opportunity to become district champs.”

Baldensperger didn’t stop there in talking about the potential for more region qualifiers.

Junior Garrett Smead (19-9) is the No. 5 seed at 145 pounds, sophomore Seth Johnson (11-14) No. 5 at 120, and junior Dan Henry (9-6) No. 4 at 182.

“We just talked about it being a clean slate for all of them,” said Baldensperger. “Now it’s getting into the third-or-fourth-place match and punching their ticket to regionals. Everybody’s still excited about getting better. They know they have room for improvement.”

Here are the quarterfinal-round pairings for Friday’s and Saturday’s District 10 Class AAA Wrestling Tournament at Central Tech High School (wrestling begins at 5 p.m. Friday, and continues at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with semifinals, consolation quarterfinals and consolation semifinals. The third-or-fourth-place matches are tentatively set for 2:30 p.m. with the parade of champions and finals matches at 4 p.m. on one mat):

District 10 Class AAA Wrestling Championships

Friday and Saturday

At Central Tech High School

Teams: G-General McLane, W-Warren, CP-Cathedral Prep, M-Meadville, CT-Central Tech, T-Titusville, Mc-McDowell, S-Strong Vincent, O-Oil City, E-East

(Weight, wrestler, school, grade, record)

Quarterfinals

106: Joe Wheeling (G), 11, 28-1 vs. bye; Glyn Mahood (W), 9, 12-12 vs. TaNauz Gregory (CP), 8, 19-9; Aaron Ehrgott (M), 10, 25-6 vs. Austin Isacks (CT), 9, 12-12; Isaac Donovan (T), 9, 4-2 vs. Charlie Lenox (Mc), 9, 26-12

113: Jake Gromacki (CP), 11, 23-2 vs. Bailey Winslow (W), 9, 2-1; Derek Ridgeway (M), 9, 13-10 vs. Kaleb Chase (T), 11, 17-10; Hunter Hendricks (G), 9, 12-6 vs. Darrell Gamble (S), 10, 6-12; Kyle Nash (CT), 9, 2-10 vs. Benji Yates (Mc), 10, 22-10

120: Paul Deitz (Mc), 12, 26-9 vs. bye; Seth Johnson (W), 10, 11-14 vs. Jose Lopez (CT), 9, 17-14; Kyle Luben (M), 9, 19-6 vs. Chase Ackerman (T), 9, 9-12; Jordan Motter (G), 9, 3-2 vs. John Ciotti (CP), 10, 16-6

126: D.J. Fehlman (W), 10, 27-1 vs. winner of Trenton Hogue (O), 10, 10-16 vs. Brock Ridgeway (M), 11, 12-10; Alex Root (CP), 11, 15-7 vs. Josh Caban (S), 11, 18-6; Jordan Moffett (CT), 12, 15-4 vs. Derrick Bish (T), 11, 15-11; Keller Watkins (G), 10, 24-6 vs winner of Coleman Cousins (Mc), 11, 17-14 vs. Kevin Baeza (E), 11, 3-11

132: Nick Gibson (Mc), 12, 24-6 vs. winner of Alek Smith (S), 9, 4-10 vs. Kris Nottingham (M), 11, 8-19; Jason Peterson (W), 10, 14-11 vs. Robert Harris (CT), 10, 13-9; Beau Coletta (CP), 12, 14-9 vs. Dalton Burns (T), 10, 13-11; Dean Twitchell (G), 11, 24-9 vs. winner of James Carr (E), 12, 8-9 vs. Zach Frazier (O), 9, 2-10

138: Shawn Spearman (Mc), 11, 17-7 vs. winner of Don Keys (S), 12, 5-11 vs. Andy Hutzel (C), 11, 11-15; John Beach (O), 12, 15-10 vs. Paul Mancuso (CT), 12, 21-8; Zach Luben (M), 12, 24-6 vs. Jonah Hordusky (W), 12, 14-11; Easton Hogue (T), 10, 12-15 vs. Ken Stoll (G), 11, 20-7

145: Jared Carlson (S), 10, 21-4 vs. winner of Triston Nadonly (T), 10, 1-0 vs. Briggs Twitchel (G), 9, 3-2; Garrett Smead (W), 11, 19-9 vs. Teagan O’Sullivan (CP), 10, 19-7; Cody Nolan (Mc), 12, 24-9 vs. Justin Cruz (CT), 9, 7-14; Tyriee Kasper (M), 10, 1-12 vs. Alex Hargenrader (O), 11, 20-7

152: Mike Sutton (G), 11, 22-3 vs. winner of Mikey Kotanchiev (CT), 11, 1-3 vs. Cameron DeMaison (M), 11, 6-18; Jacob Zdarko (O) 9, 13-13 vs. Dijon Deboe (S), 12, 19-9; Ryan Dailey (Mc), 9, 15-13 vs. Mike Card (W), 12, 10-15; Dan Krysiak (CP), 12, 17-8 vs. winner of Troy Beauchat (T), 12, 5-11 vs. Allen Luce (E), 10, 0-8

160: Tyree Spearman (Mc), 11, 10-0 vs. Hunter Mohney (W), 12, 0-2; Connor Wurst (CP), 10, 12-9 vs. Trent Zdarko (O), 11, 11-7; Ehrin Lee (T), 11, 26-4 vs. Patrick Adams (M), 11, 5-11; Daquan Pope (CT), 10, 4-14 vs. Ossie Bowers (G), 12, 29-5

170: Tyler Hendricks (G), 12, 25-7 vs. winner of Austin Thompson (E), 12, 2-3 vs. Derek Reagle (W), 9, 7-15; Deyshawn Carr (CT), 10, 12-6 vs. Xavier DeRose (T), 12, 21-8; Chris Starocci (S), 11, 21-6 vs. Louis Crawford (M), 11, 20-11; Kyle Rodgers (Mc), 12, 22-11 vs winner of Brandon Stover (O), 11, 12-12 vs. Andrew Simon (CP), 11, no record reported

182: Chris Laird (G), 11, 27-3 vs. winner of Bill Selker (CP), no grade reported, 11-8 vs. Dan Henry (W), 11, 9-6; Andre Bailey (Mc), 12, 17-11 vs. Aaron Mowrey (T), 11, 5-12; Nate Morrison (O), 11, 3-4 vs. Ben Bish (M), 9, 18-8

195: Alex Thayer (G), 12, 15-4 bye; Kane Patron (S), 9, 1-12 vs. Dominick Kramer (CP), 10, 2-12; Seth Brown (CT), 11, 11-14 vs. Tyler Nicole (T), 10, 3-6; Chris McNeal (W), 12, 20-6 bye.

220: Pat Williamson (E), 12, 14-12 bye; Dakota McLean (Mc), 12, 4-6 vs. Luke Carr (M), 10, 13-4; Alex Streich (W), 10, 24-6 vs. Ty Lohr (T), 12, 7-15; Ryan Kramer (CP), 12, 2-4 vs. Jake Baker (G), 12, 27-6

285: Andrew Welton (CT), 12, 24-1 vs. Mike Milner (O), 10, 3-10; Jason Oaks (T), 10, 8-4 vs. Plott Deiontre (E), 11, 11-6; Ian Mallory (G), 10, 18-13 vs. Stephen Crone (W), 9, 6-7; Caleb Porter (M), 10, 9-13 vs. Scot Augustine (Mc), 11, 27-6