By MIKE KEATING | Alliance Review
ALLIANCE -- With Ravenna leading the way, eight Portage Trail Conference wrestlers advanced to the championship quarterfinals of the tradition-rich Top Gun Tournament following Friday's opening session in Harry Fails Gymnasium.
Logan Reaser (160 pounds), who placed in the tournament last year at 152 pounds, moved one step further toward finishing in the top eight again. Reaser pinned his first opponent in 25 seconds and won his second match by a 15-1 major decision.
Junior heavyweight Cody Hawkins was impressive for the Ravens, recording a first-round pin in 44 seconds and ending his second match with another fall at the 2:28 mark.
"I just stayed calm and stayed with my technique in both matches," Hawkins said.
Brogan Lovejoy (120) matched Hawkins' accomplishment with two pins. Kevin Payne (170) had to go six minutes in both of his wins, recording a 9-4 decision in his first encounter and a 6-5 decision in his second match.
The four championship quarterfinalists helped Ravenna accrue 57 points, which places the Ravens 12th in the crowded team standings.
Claymont, a two-time team champion, is first with 961⁄2 points.
Field, which has 401⁄2 team points, advanced Cory Simpson (106) and Zach Ladrich (145) to the championship quarterfinals. Simpson advanced following a pin at 1:49 and an 8-3 decision. Ladrich, a junior, was tested three times on the first day and survived each challenge impressively, winning on a 20-6 major decision, pinning his second opponent and adding another major decision, this time by a 13-1 margin.
Southeast totaled 33 points on the first day of the tournament and advanced Brandon James to the championship quarterfinals. James was dominant in both matches, securing pins in the first period.
Streetsboro ended with 21 points and sent Tyler Rowland to the championship quarterfinals. Rowland won his first match by pin and added an 11-2 major decision.
"I worked to my strengths," Rowland said. "I made sure both of my opponents didn't do what they wanted to do."
Championship quarterfinals and consolation matches are set to resume at 10 a.m. this morning.