Shadyside Wins Its Tournament

Linsly finishes 3rd; Falbo, G.Giovengo win individual titles

Photo by Kim North Linsly’s Gage Giovengo won the 220-pound title during the Last Man Standing Tournament at Shadyside High School.

SHADYSIDE — Shadyside’s senior class has enjoyed a lot of success on the wrestling mat during their careers. The seven went out as victors in their final Last Man Standing tournament in the Tiger Den Saturday afternoon.

Three of those upperclassmen won individual championships, including Greg Quinn (120) who capped his home career with his fourth title. Billy Johnson (170) defended his championship from last season, while Cody Hawthorne (145) won his first crown. Sophomore Jacson Muldrew (126) won his second title.

“We’ve got a great senior class,” Shadyside coach Sean Grinch said. “We’re finally getting a little more healthier. December was kind of rough on us and we’re still a little beat up, but it’s nice to get some of these guys back in the lineup.”

The Tigers piled up 222.5 points in easily outdistancing Cranberry, Pa., which finished with 178.5, in the 12-team event. Linsly was a close third with 167 and Caldwell fourth at 149.5. Sandy Valley rounded out the top 5 with 145.5.

Quinn, a returning Division III state runnerup and Ron Mauck OVAC champion last winter, dominated Caldwell’s Levi Pemberton in a 4:20 technical fall. Quinn, the Tigers’ all-time wins leader with 160-plus, remains undefeated on the season after going 56-1 last season.

“This is a great feeling,” Quinn said. “I could be a little bit better, but everything is starting to come together.”

On the heels of Quinn’s impressive victory, Muldrew, a state qualifier as a freshman a year ago, pinned Caldwell’s Colin Wiley in 2:44.

Hawthorne, a returning state qualifier, made the most of his last chance at a home title. He posted a pin of St. Joseph’s Academy, Pa., in a mere 1:00 even.

“This feels pretty good. Things have been clicking lately and it paid off today with five Ws,” Hawthorne said. “That was a nice way to finish off the tournament and get focused on OVACs.”

Johnson also made quick work of Linsly’s Julian Giovengo with a pin in 3:03.

“This feels great to win my last tournament here,” Johnson, who missed most of the early season while recovering from football injuries, said. “This is a good start towards OVACs.”

Shadyside also had a quartet of third-placers in Josh Kahl (132), Collin Hunter (138), Will Brown (152) and Josh Robinson (220).

Linsly had a pair of titlists in Nick Falbo (160) and Gage Giovengo (220).

Falbo won his pool with a 57-second fall over Columbiana’s Vince Vino, while Giovengo, who, dropped from 285 for the tournament, pinned Steubenville Catholic Central’s Kevin Cuervo in 1:03.

The Cadets also had a runnerup in Tommy Curtin (132) who was technical falled by St. Joseph Academy’s Caleb Dowling in 5:22. Dowling, a promising freshman who was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler,, was second in the state of Pennsylvania last winter in the junior high tournament. SJA is based in State College.

Placing third for Linsly was Matt Dudich (113), while Manuel Suita (182) and Max Morrison (285) were fourth.

Bridgeport had a runnerup in Tino Kusic (152) who was decisioned 13-6 by Sandy Valley’s Hunter Stoffer. Kusic had defeated Stoffer in last year’s district tournament en route to qualifying for the state tournament.

The Bulldogs also had a third-place finisher in Jarett Deaton (160). Mason Kuneff (132) and Elliott Dean (138) were fourth.

Other individual champions included St. Joseph Academy’s Ethan Kauffman (106); Sandy Valley’s Cooper Hemming (113); Cranberry’s Joey Hancock (138); Toronto’s Joven Householder (182); Columbiana’s Caleb Rupert (195); and Columbiana’s Tim Davin (285).

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