WRESTLING: Fehlman takes third, Gunn fourth at Tool City

MEADVILLE-The Warren Dragons finished 12th out of 19 teams at the 2014 Tool City Wrestling Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Meadville High School.

D.J. Fehlman was the Dragons’ top finisher after wrestling to a third-place finish in the 132-pound weight class. Fehlman was defeated by Saegertown’s Tyler Vath – a two-time state medalist – via a 3-1 decision in the semifinal match. The junior grappler rebounded with a win over Kyle Lukowich of Conneaut in the consolation final.

Vath was defeated by Boiling Springs’ Kyle Shoop in the 132-pound final.

Other notable finishes for the Dragons included Cody Gunn, who advanced to the 182-pound semifinal before dropping a pair of matches to finish fourth. Derek Reagle finished sixth while wrestling up to the 195-pound weight class, and Collin DeLattre finished sixth at 138 after losing by one point in the fifth-place match.

“Everybody we took won at least one match,” said Warren coach Glen Baldensperger. “We took five freshmen down and they all got a win, which was an improvement from STOWA. This was a little more quality tournament.”

Boiling Springs took home the team title with a total score of 221.5. Fort LeBoeuf was the top team from District 10, finishing second with 185 points.

The Dragons will jump back into their dual-meet schedule on Tuesday, when they travel to Oil City for a Region 4 match.

RIPLEY (N.Y.)-Youngsville took to the mat at the Ripley Tournament on Saturday, finishing fourth out of 15 teams while racking up seven medalists.

“We took 12 kids up there and they all wrestled really, really well,” said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman. “They have a 99-pound class (in New York) and we still placed fourth. I was impressed with the way they wrestled.”

Chester Ciukaj (126), Aaron Hoover (145), and Austin Spear (195) all wrestled to second-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Ciukaj and Hoover went 3-1 on the day, while Spear finished with a 2-1 mark.

Zach Ishman (160), Jeremy Lyon (170), and Chandler Flinn (132) also compiled identical 3-1 records on their way to third-place finishes.

Austin Slocum was fourth at heavyweight after going 4-1, but was unable to compete for third place due to a rule preventing more than five matches in a day.

The combined team of Westfield, Ripley, and Chatauqua Lake schools took first in the team standings.

Youngsville hosts Harbor Creek on Wednesday.