Northern Tier Sports Report
ATHENS — Canton got another dominant win, this time beating Athens 51-21 in NTL wrestling action Tuesday.

The Warriors won six straight matches, from 172 to 113, and notched seven falls on the day.

Hayden Ward (152), Brenen Taylor (172), Riley Parker (189), Conner Davis (215), Mason Nelson (285), Lyle Vermilya (106), and Bailey Ferguson (145) all recorded pins, with Cohen Landis (113) getting a forfeit.

Brayden Wesneski (132) had a 10-7 decision over Gavin McGrath.

For Athens, Karter Rude (160), and Mason Vanderpool (120) had falls, while Gavin Bradley (126) got a technical fall, and Kaden Setzer (138) finished with a 13-4 major decision over Hudson Ward.

Hayden opened things with a fall in 18 seconds over Athens’ Keegan Congdon at 152.

Rude returned the favor, getting a pin on Canton’s Levi Pepper at 160 in 59 seconds.

At 172 Taylor and Athens’ Cameron Whitmarsh were tied 3-3 after the opening period with both getting takedowns. Whitmarsh cut Taylor to start the second, putting Taylor up 4-3. 

In the third Whitmarsh evened things up 4-4 as Taylor was penalized a point, followed by Whitmarsh getting an escape to take a 5-4 lead.

With 40 seconds left Taylor got the go ahead takedown, then used the bar to get the fall in 5:28 to start Canton’s run of five straight pins.

At 189 Parker jumped out to a 7-0 lead before pinning Colin Rosh in 3:16.

It looked like another fast Canton win at 215 as Davis went up 5-0 over Athens’ Caleb Nason, but Nason reversed him to his back to cut it to 5-4, with Davis saved by the buzzer. 

Davis was on top to start the second, locked in the bar, and turned Nason for the fall in 2:22, making it 24-6 Warriors.

At 285 it was a scoreless first period between Nelson and Athens’ Josh Nittinger. Nelson got an escape in the second, then in the third he was on top, stuck in the arm bar, and turned Nittinger for the fall in 5:23.

At 106 Vermilya jumped out on Athens’ Keaton Sinsabugh with a takedown and two back points in the first period.

In the second Vermilya got a takedown to Sinsabaugh’s back to go up 5-0. Sinsabaugh would get off his back, but Vermilya would turn him again, this time getting the fall in 3:26 to make it 36-6.

Landis then got his forfeit at 113 to ice it for Canton, up 42-6.

Vanderpool would jump out to a 5-0 lead against Canton’s Cayden Miller at 120. Then in the second he reversed into a headlock on Miller to get the fall in 2:25.

At 126 Bradley would use a takedown and two sets of back points to go up 8-0 on Canton’s Holden Ward. In the second Bradley notched three more takedowns to take a 14-3 lead. He then got another takedown, and sent Holden to his back for five more points, getting the tech fall 19-3 in 4:00.

Wesneski and Athens’ Gavin McGrath had the match of the night at 132.

McGrath went up 2-0 with a first period takedown.

In the second Wesneski started on top, then sat out in an arm bar for three back points to go up 3-2.

It was a neutral start to the third, with McGrath coming out on top of a scramble, getting a 5-point move, to take a 7-3 lead.

He tried to turn Wesneski into a cradle, but got too high, Wesneski reversed him, and got two back points to tie it up 7-7 with 30 seconds to go.

Wesneski then finished it off with a 3-point tilt for the 10-7 win.

At 138 pounds Setzer took a 4-0 lead on Canton’s Hudson Ward with a takedown and two back points off a throw. 

In the second Ward got an escape, but Setzer would extend the lead to 6-2 after two more takedowns.

In the third Ward cut it to 6-3 with an escape, but Setzer threw Hudson to his back to go up 11-3. Hudson got one more escape, but Setzer got a late takedown for the 13-4 final.

In the final match Ferguson went up 2-0 with a takedown over Athens’ Lucas Forbes. Ferguson then got a second period takedown, followed by three back points to go up 7-0. He then turned him late in the period for the fall in 3:48.

Canton returns to the mat Wednesday as they host Sayre and Williamson, beginning at 5 p.m.

PHOTO CAPTION: Canton’s Conner Davis goes for the fall on Athens’ Caleb Nason…PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER.


152: Hayden Ward (C) fall Keegan Congdon, :18

160: Karter Rude (A) fall Levi Pepper, :59

172: Brenen Taylor (C) fall Cameron Whitmarsh, 5:28

189: Riley Parker (C) fall Colin Rosh, 3:16

215: Conner Davis (C) fall Caleb Nason, 2:22

285: Mason Nelson (C) fall Josh Nittinger, 5:23

106: Lyle Vermilya (C) fall Keaton Sinsabaugh, 3:26

113: Cohen Landis (C) fft

120: Mason Vanderpool (A) fall Cayden Miller, 2:25

126: Gavin Bradley (A) tech. Holden Ward, 19-3, 4:00

132: Brayden Wesneski (C) dec. Gavin McGrath, 10-7

138: Kaden Setzer (A) maj. Hudson Ward, 13-4

145: Bailey Ferguson (C) fall Lucas Forbes, 3:48

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