State Qualifiers

9 Titusville Area Youth Wrestlers finished in the top-two of their respective brackets on Saturday, at the Area VI Tournament, at Meadville High School. Front row, from left are Parker Miller, Ian Stearns, Trenton Rodgers, and Bennett Covell. Back row, from left are Kaleb Brunst, Jaxon Covell, Nate Stearns, Brock Covell, and Isaac Roberts.

MEADVILLE — The Titusville Area Youth Wrestling team invaded Meadville High School for the 2018 Area VI Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, coming away with nine top-two finishes, which earns the right to participate in the state tournament.

Ian Stearns, Nate Stearns, Trenton Rodgers, Jaxon Covell, and Brock Covell will be returning to the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling tournament, beginning on Friday. Bennett Covell, Isaac Roberts, Kaleb Brunst, and Parker Miller will be making the trek for the first time. Falling just short of making the trip were three fourth-placers — Hayden Warner, Mason Titus, and Brock Middleton.  

After a very successful 2017 season in which the club sent seven grapplers to the state tournament, goals were set on the first day of this season, back in November, to earn Area VI titles and push more wrestlers to meet their goals of competing in the nations toughest youth state wrestling tournament.  

“This is definitely one of the toughest groups of kids I have had the pleasure of coaching,” said coach Adam Huck, who’s in his four season coaching the youth program. “As a coaching staff, we have pushed this group of kids beyond our expectations, and they just keep coming back for more. This is a very special group of kids from our novices to our advanced wrestlers.”

Ian Stearns won the 8-and-under, 55-pound championship, by collecting a quick pin of Saegertown’s Milan Harrison. Ian will be making his third appearance in the state tournament. Last year, he was able to meet a goal of winning a match at the tournament, but has reset his goals to make the podium as one of the top eight in his bracket at states.  

Miller claimed the 8-and-under, 65-pound championship by recording a fall to Oil City’s Blake Marchinke by way of an arm bar. Miller was able to use his signature move on several opponents in Meadville, and hopes to make it work in Wilkes-Barre as he travels to his first state tournament.  

“Parker has had an outstanding season, and I look forward to seeing what he can do at states,” coach Ryan Wolfkiel said.

Bennett Covell will represent Titusville in the 9-10, 55-pound weight class, while making his first trip to states. Covell started the tournament as the fourth seed, which pitted him against the number one seed, Brady Slicker, of West Middlesex. Covell shocked [Saturday’s] crowd by defeating Slicker, Covell would go on to shock the crowd by defeating Slicker — who was the returning fifth-place finisher at states a year ago — and moving into the finals, in which he lost a heartbreaking one-point match to Grove City’s Hudson Wolbert. Bennett will be making his first appearance at states.   

Isaac Roberts took second place in the 9-10, 60-pound bracket. Roberts was able to hush the home crowd with a dramatic pin of Meadville’s Caleb Anderson. Roberts and Anderson are not strangers to each other, as they have competed against each other over the years. Early in the season, Roberts was able to earn a nail-biting overtime victory, but this time around, overtime wasn’t needed. Both wrestlers scored points before Roberts was able to lock up a very tight near-side cradle, and collect the fall. Roberts was then defeated in the finals by Logan Stewart, of Lakeview — a sixth place state medalist from last year.  

“I am super proud, as a coach and dad, for Isaac,” coach Shawn Roberts said. “He has worked really hard for this all year, and he deserves this trip.”  

Jaxon Covell pinned his way through the Area VI tournament to earn the 9-10, 85-pound championship. Covell quickly pinned Meadville’s A.J. Feleppa to earn his second trip to the state tournament. Covell hopes to continue his dominating season in Wilkes-Barre, and improve on an 0-2 record at the state tournament, last year.

Trenton Rodgers will be making his fourth trip to states after capturing the Area VI crown in the 11-12, 70-pound division. Rodgers pinned Franklin’s Cael Dailey in the finals, and hopes to improve on his fifth-place finishes the last two seasons, and a silver medal three seasons ago, at states.  

Nate Stearns will be returning to states after earning the second place medal at Meadville in the 11-12, 95-pound weight class. Stearns was able to show his mental toughness. After falling to Santino Gentile, of Reynolds, in the finals, Stearns had roughly 20 minutes to move beyond the loss, and take on the third-place finisher, in order to determine who would represent Area VI. Stearns bounced back and pinned Cochranton’s Blake Foulk to punch his ticket to states.  

“It’s always tough falling short of a goal, but Nate gained more from this than he realizes,” Huck said. “Anytime you can come back and win after a tough loss is extremely impressive. I’m very proud of Nate for that.”

Brock Covell earned his first Area VI title by pinning Oil City’s Devyn Fleeger in the 11-12, 105-pound final. Covell — who competed most of the year for the Titusville’s junior high program — hopes to improve on his first trip to states, where he went 0-2. 

“I’ve been excited to get Brock back in our room,” Huck said. “His leadership and work ethic were a welcome addition to our room.”

Kaleb Brunst earned his way into the 11-12, 160 finals by avenging an earlier loss to Greenville’s Cameron Myers by netting a pin. In the finals, Oil City’s Cam Crocker pinned Brunst, but he still had a shot at second place. Brunst was another Titusville grappler to display mental toughness. He responded by pinning Saegertown’s Porter Brooks to earn second place and his first trip to states.  

“Kaleb has been in and out of the program over the years, and we are glad to have him back,” Huck said.

The state tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, with the action starting at 9 a.m., on Friday, at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Wilkes-Barre. Fans can follow the action on pajw.org.

Titusville results

8-U 55 — Ian Stearns (T) pinned Isaac Huya (S), 0:28; Stearns pinned Kaleb McAdoo (R), 0:20; Stearns pinned Milan Harrison (S), 1:25.

8-U 65 — Parker Miller (T) pinned Evan Robertson (G), 0:49; Miller pinned Bryce Hart (C), 1:02; Miller pinned Blake Marchinke (O), 2:54.

8-U 75 — Alex Piercy (O) dec. Landen Hosick (T), 9-2; Hosick dec. Deryk Delong (Cr) 6-2; Hosick major dec. Skylar Hanlon (O), 14-3; Cameron Reimold pinned Hosick, 3:42.

9-10 55 — Bennett Covell (T) dec. Tyler Enterline (J), 4-0; Covell dec. Brady Slicker (W), 5-4; Hudson Wolbert (GC) dec. Covell 4-2. Wolbert dec. Sawyer Wolfkiel (T), 6-0; Logan Ketzel (L) dec. Wolfkiel, 4-1.

9-10 60 — Issac Roberts (T) dec. Zach Vorisek (W), 6-0; Roberts pinned Caleb Anderson (M), 2:31; Logan Stewart (K) pinned Roberts, 1:33.

9-10 65 — Kaysom Mataria (Sh) major dec. Trevor Greer (T), 10-0; Greer dec. Ryan Thorton (W), 10-0; Weston Irwin (C) tech fall Greer, 3:28.

9-10 70 — Shane Yeager (CP) dec. Teegan Perrin (T), 7-5; Perrin pinned James Bialo (O), 0:18; Brandon Murray (O) major dec. Perrin, 16-2.

9-10 75 — Glenn Sample (S) dec. Coleman Huck (T), 7-1; Mitchell Blood (Co) pinned Huck, 0:46.

9-10 80 — Brock Middleton (T) pinned Chaden Hart (C), 2:25; Brayden Booher (Lv) pinned Middleton, 2:10; Middleton pinned Jacob Csonka (G), 1:45; Braxton Carr (L) dec. Middleton, 4-0.

9-10 85 — Jaxon Covell (T) pinned Adam Myers (H), 0:17; Covell pinned A.J. Feleppa (M), 1:26.

11-12 70 — Trenton Rodgers (T) major dec. Mike Reardon (H), 12-0; Rodgers pinned Cael Dailey (F), 3:14.

11-12 80 — Landen Wolfkiel (T) dec. Rowan Thomas (J), 3-2; Brighton Anderson (M) pinned Wolfkiel, 0:33; Wolfkiel tech fall Daylend Schlosser (C), 2:00; Timmy Krivosh (He) pinned Wolfkiel, 1:58.

11-12 95 — Nate Stearns (T) pinned Vito Gentile (G), 2:59; Santino Gentile (G) dec. Stearns, 3-0; Stearns pinned Blake Foulk (C), 3:17.

11-12 100 — Hayden Warner (T) dec. Kaiden Kirila (Sh), 7-5; Brayden McCloskey (R) dec. Warner, 6-0; Warner pinned Maisen Kline (Mr), 3:10; Kirila major dec. Warner, 16-7.

11-12 105 — Mason Titus (T) pinned Carson Bowers (H), 2:58; Brock Covell (T) pinned Titus, 0:39; Covell pinned Devyn Fleeger (O), 1:23; Titus pinned Nicolas Snyder (Mr), 3:56; Mitchell Tingley (Lv) pinned Titus, 2:22.

11-12 160 — Kaleb Brunst (T) pinned Cameron Myers (G), 1:45; Cam Crocker (O) pinned Brunst, 0:42; Brunst pinned Porter Brooks (S), 2:52. 

School Key

C — Cochranton, Co — Conneaut, CP — Commodore Perry, Cr — Cranberry, F — Franklin, G — Greenville, GC — Grove City, H — Hickory, He — Hermitage, J — Jamestown, K — Kennedy, L — Laurel, Lv — Lakeview, M — Meadville, Mr — Mercer, O — Oil City, R — Reynolds, S — Saegertown, Sh — Sharpsville, T — Titusville, W — West Middlesex.

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