COLUMBUS - Shadyside's Alex Quinn is the lone area wrestler who will compete for the coveted state championship this evening at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University by virtue of the two more victories he posted during Friday's action.
The Tigers will also send two other seniors Ian Baker and Chase Kinemond, to the podium.
"It is bittersweet for me," said Shadyside head coach Scott Kinemond. "All three of the wrestlers we brought will medal, Alex making it to the finals at 152, makes me very happy and proud as a coach."
SHADYSIDE’S Alex Quinn wrestles Blufton’s Zach Wilson during the 152-pound Division III championship semifinals Friday night at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Quinn eventually won with a pin. He’ll go after the state championship this evening against Kollin Moore of Creston Norwayne, who is 54-0.
Quinn, who is the defending bronze medalist at 152 pounds, pinned returning state placer Bluffton's Zach Wilson (47-2), 20 seconds into the second period to stay undefeated and set up his final match with another undefeated wrestler, Creston Norwaye's Kollin Moore (54-0).
Moore upset defending 145-pound state champion Jordan Marshall of Troy Christian, 3-1 in double overtime.
Quinn, who is now 44-0 on the season, becomes the 17th Shadyside wrestler to reach the state title match. A victory would make him the 12th state champion.
The Tigers' 145-pounder Baker, who injured a rib in his quarterfinal match against defending state champion Jacob Danishek of Dayton Christian faced the consolation bracket with an injury.
"Ian is a resiliant kid, mentally tough and he wrestled through it," Shadyside's coach said.
Baker showed visible pain in a battle with Reid Stanley but recovered to pin his opponent at the 5:49 mark then returned to the mat against Tyler Farher of Delta dominating the match for a 9-4 final decision.
Kinemond, the 160-pound Tiger, would win a close 5-4 decision only to fall 6-1 to Jimmy Sandlin of Carlisle in the evening session.
"As a father it, was tough to have Chase lose a tough match to start off the tournament and after his loss to know the best he can do is seventh," his coach/father disclosed.
Ironically, the young Kinemond will get a rematch of that first-round when he faces off with D.J. Blair of Tuslaw in the consolation finals.
Shadyside is currently ninth in the team standings with 36 points.
Martins Ferry senior standout Damon Outward won a 6-3 decision over Delta's Dustin Marteney to set up his trip to the podium.
The Purple Riders' 126-pounder will wrestle in the consolation semifinals this morning to decide his final bout making a run for third place.
Purple teammate Zac Coole was eliminated by fellow OVAC opponent River's J.D. Dotson.
The two battled to a 1-1 stalemate in three periods at 220 pounds before Dtotson scored a neutral point in the first 30-second tie braker then came off the bottom in the second overtime minute to garner the 5-1 victory.
Dotson then won a 5-4 decision over Middlefield Cardinal's Caleb Fry.
"It is really an impressive string of wins considering he is giving up 10 pounds in most every match," River head coach Eric Rosen said. "He got a big win for us and we will be up there on the podium which is a big step for our program."
St. Clairsville's Corey Ernest was eliminated 4-2 by Tusky Valley's Joe Newsome, an opponent he had beaten in district competition.
Steubenville will send a wrestler to the DII finals at 220 pounds in still undefeated Greg Moray and Big Red freshman Tariq Wilson will also stand on the podium for 2012 Coach of the Year Mike Blackburn who received his award prior to the semifinal round Friday night.