WRESTLING: Ike’s Head, Y’ville’s Victor, Durlin win tourney titles

Louie Head won his weight class and Eisenhower came in third at home in the Kick-Off Tournament Saturday at Eisenhower High School.

Head beat out wrestlers from Keystone, Strong Vincent, Johnsonburg and Central Tech to come out on top of the 152- pound weight class. Second-places finishes from Steven Haner (126), Tyler Gourley (138), Levi Stanko (145) and Cade Hefferman (170) bumped the Knights into their third-place finish behind Falconer (N.Y.) and Strong Vincent.

“Overall, I think we’re doing okay,” said Eisenhower coach Greg Gourley. “I know we need to work on a lot of things. At least this tournament gives me an idea of what I really need to work on with the boys coming up.”

Veteran leadership was a high point for Eisenhower as the Knights became more comfortable coming into the new season. Gourley noted Head and Haner, along with Rob Wilston, as being standouts during the tournament.

Gourley is also happy with what the fresh faces and bringing to the team in wrestlers like new heavyweight Hunter McNutt. Others, like Alex LaBarr, are improving stamina and working towards full matches.

With the tournament out of the way, Eisenhower gets ready to welcome Corry on Tuesday.

“First dual meet, first matches are always the most nerve-wracking. Once you get those out of the way, everything seems to click back in and you get back into the routine of things,” said Gourley.

Youngsville 2nd at tourney

ST. MARYS – Youngsville placed second on Saturday in the Eagles’ third year at the St. Marys Tournament. The Eagles finished with 153, five points ahead of Cameron County in the eight-team tourney. St. Marys won with 196.5 points for the Class AAA school.

Individually, Nathan Lehman, a freshman, was third at 106 at 2-1; Hayden Victor was 2-0 to win the 120-pound bracket for his first varsity title; Chandler Flynn was third at 3-1 at 126; Aaron Hoover was third at 3-1 at 145; Zach Ishman was third at 2-1 at 160; Jeremy Lyon was third at 2-1 at 170; Stone Sivak was third at 182 with a 3-1 record; Austin Spear was third at 220 with a 2-1 record, and Jaykup Durlin was 3-0 record to win at heavyweight.

Victor was tied 1-1 and got a takedown in overtime over Cameron Winters of host St. Marys.

“We got three or four matches in, and it was a good gauge on what we need to work on for the season. Condition-wise, we’re looking pretty good. This year was a pretty good surprise they got to bring some hardware.

“We needed to do a lot of pinning to boost us up to second (place as a team),” said Ishman. “These guys really came up big. We’re a little ahead ourselves (this early in the season).”

Durlin earned three pins to win, and Flinn had three pins.

Tanner Burns, a freshman, at 138 wrestled 10 pounds above his weight for the tournament experience to earn his first varsity weight. Aaron Melquist (113) did well in his first match of his life – never having wrestled competitively.

Sheffield at Greenville Classic

GREENVILLE – Doug Grubbs was 4-1 and Brian Fries 3-2, individually, for Sheffield at the Greenville Classic and had “great weekend,” said Sheffield coach Jack Rice.

“Ricky Prosen (wrestling up at 138) and Kyle Holden went 2-3, but their record doesn’t reflect how well they wrestled,” said Rice.

“We gave up seven forfeits, so team didn’t fare well,” he said.