WRESTLING: Louie, Louie: Head wins second tourney title in as many weeks

NORTH EAST – Eisenhower sophomore Louie Head has another tournament title to his impressive start to the season.

Head was 3-0 this weekend to win the 152-pounds class of the 20-team North East Tournament at North East High School.

Head earned a 4-1 decision over Conneaut’s Taylor Ellis in the final on Saturday. He defeated Ellis in the District 10 Class AA Championships last season, then Ellis returned the favor at the Northwest Region Tournament to end Head’s season short of states.

“He wrestled his style match,” said Eisenhower coach Greg Gourley.

“He’s definitely showing what he’s made of,” said Gourley of his 17-0 sophomore. “He’s always been a good wrestler… last year maybe a little bit intimidated being a freshman going against seniors, but this year he has more confidence. He has a great work ethic in the practice room and is stepping up and being a team leader as well, and it’s showing on the mat.”

The Knights finished 14th as a team, with Steven Haner (126) and Levi Stanko (145) each finished fifth.

“Levi had an outstanding match on Friday (to advance to the semifinals), beat the No. 3-seeded kid,” said Gourley. “When they lost, they moved on to the next match (and refocused).”

Youngsville 3rd at Burgettstown

BURGETTSTOWN – Youngsville had six wrestlers in the semifinals of the 16-team Burgettstown Tournament on Saturday, and finished with three second-place finishes, three thirds and a fourth. The Eagles finished third as a team as a result, despite no individual champion.

From 170 pounds to 220, Youngsville had three seconds, and nearly three champs. Jeremy Lyon lost by a 5-3 decision to Chartiers-Houston’s Derek Hull at 170. Stone Sivak lost by a 4-3 decision to Peters Township’s Mitch Fitzgerald at 182. Jaykup Durlin lost an 8-4 decision at 220 to Avella’s Jake Temple, who Durlin wrestled.

The lower weights were also well-represented.

Nathan Lehman won his third-place match at 106 on Saturday – a pin in 3:53 over Central Valley’s Noah Bandish. Chandler Flinn finished third at 120 with a third-period pin over John Dennis of the host team. Chester Ciukaj earned an 8-4 decision for third place over Chartiers-Houston’s Ben Hritsko, at 126.

Austin Spear battled at 195 to finish fourth.

Aaron Hoover (138) was fifth and Tanner Burns (132) was sixth.

“The last two years I think we finished fifth,” said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman. “We had good places and good wrestling to watch. They did a great job done there this weekend; everybody contributed to the team score.”