MOUNT VERNON — In an up-and-down year for the Mount Vernon wrestling team, Wednesday was definitely one of the highs.
The Yellow Jackets won both quarterfinal duals to advance in the OHSAA dual regional tournament at Pleasant Street Elementary.
After dispatching North Ridgeville, 57-32, Mount Vernon took a big lead early against Ashland and held on, 47-36.
The wins mean the Jackets advance to next Wednesday’s regional semifinal at Elyria High School. The Pioneers, who claimed the top seed in the region, easily defeated Mansfield Madison and Lorain on Wednesday.
“We’re wrestling well. We just have to keep that going,” said Mount Vernon head coach John Brown.
Mount Vernon earned two pins from Ben Tate, Matteo Lybarger, Kyle Conkle and Dale Thompson. Tate (113 pounds) and Thompson (160) pinned each opponent in the first round, while Conkle (220) earning each of his in the second round. Lybarger moved up a weight class to 138 to pin Matt Smith of North Ridgeville before getting the fall on Ashland’s Clay Gibson at 132.
Mount Vernon’s final dual against Ashland went about as expected. The top Yellow Jackets won their matches handily, while the younger wrestlers were matched up against Ashland’s best and, consequently, fell short.
For the rest of the story
The rest of this article is available to Mount Vernon News subscribers. To continue reading, please log in or purchase a subscription. Click here for the January 23, 2014 e-edition. The article will only be available for thirty (30) days.
Contact Bill DavisEmail
Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.