WRESTLING: Fehlman’s 89th career win enough for Bell title
GROVE CITY – D.J. Fehlman won his second straight Fred Bell Memorial Wrestling Tournament title, on Saturday at Grove City High School.
Fehlman was 5-0 in the 132-pound weight class, and a number of higher finishers -including Derek Reagle’s fifth-place finish at 170 – helped Warren finish 10th out of 30 teams with just 11 wrestlers competing.
“Even though we only had two guys medal, we picked up a lot of bonus points … Collin DeLattre, Seth Johnson, Cody Gunn and Alex Streich were all one win short of a medal,” said Warren coach Glenn Baldensperger, whose Dragons next travel to Oil City for a dual match on Friday.
Fehlman earned a 17-0 technical fall over Keystone’s Austin Curtis, pinned Redbank Valley’s Kolbin Altobelli, and he earned a 2-0 decision over General McLane’s Owen Watkins in the quarterfinals Saturday morning.
Fehlman, a junior, earned his 88th career high school win in easier fashion with a 15-3 major decision over Seneca Valley’s Anthony Latess.
In the finals, Conneaut’s Kyle Lukowich, who has wrestled Fehlman four times over the past season and a half, closed the gap a bit, but Fehlman earned a 3-2 decision in the finals. He led 2-0 after one period and 3-0 after two.
Reagle had been “wrestling up” this season, said Baldensperger, but finished fifth at 170 – after Garrett Smead’s injury precipitated the move.
Jacob Engstrom and Blake Ristau each finished 3-2 as freshmen for Warren.
Eisenhower’s Louie Head earned his 20th win of the season in the quarterfinals at 152, and suffered his first loss in the semifinals by a decision. He ended up just outside of the third-place match.