PREP WATCH: PIL wrestling finals, by weight class
A roundup of each weight class, after Thursday night's finals of the PIL city championship wrestling tournament at Marshall, won by Cleveland, with Roosevelt second and Franklin third:
The Cleveland Warriors started off with a bang, putting junior Thay Htoo and freshman Simon Brown into the finals.
Brown had won all of their previous meetings this season, but this time it was Htoo who prevailed 6-4, boosting his season record to 31-7.
He had finished second in 2013 to his brother, Lah Htoo, who was a Cleveland senior that year.
The Warriors also took third place, with freshman Kio Lwae Htoo's brother winning the consolation final 9-7 over Austin Schulz, a Roosevelt freshman.
Cleveland sophomore Anteneh Demissie beat Roosevelt freshman Jake Bass 17-2 in the championship round. Demissie is 29-6 this season.
Jefferson's Haig Brown, a senior and the top seed, failed to make weight, and Bass came through that half of the bracket.
Dylan Jones, a Lincoln junior, cruised to the title with a 17-1 victory over Cleveland sophomore Junpei Hunt. The two had met in an early round last year at 113, with Jones going on to place second and Hunt taking fourth. Jones won the 106 title in 2012.
Wilson junior Shepol Meman raised his record to 25-0 in winning the crown. He stopped Cleveland senior Carter Krevanko 6-3 in the final, outscoring the No. 2 seed from the Warriors 3-2 in the second period and 3-1 in the third. Krevanko had reached the finals with an 18-1 victory and a pin.
Jasiah Williams, a sophomore from Jefferson, captured his second city championship. He won at 120 a year ago, then went on to place third in the state at 113.
This time, Williams downed Cleveland junior Brian Gastelum-Plata 11-5 in the 132 final. Williams has a 36-1 record this season.
Senior Haden Gobel of Lincoln nipped senior Nate Hamilton of Roosevelt 3-2 in a battle of the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, on Thursday night. Gobel (19-5) pinned his way to the final, scoring three victories en route. Gobel was second at 132 last year. Hamilton was the defending 138 champion.
Dan Karter, a Cleveland senior, came through with a pin in 2:26 against Roosevelt senior Jose Govea to claim the city title. Karter was leading 4-3. He took fifth at 152 a year ago.
Top-seeded sophomore Navene Binder of Franklin downed Jefferson freshman Nathan Ream 16-6 in the championship bout.
Cleveland's Kyle Hammond, a senior, dominated the field to repeat as the city champion at 160. He pinned two opponents to reach the final, then defeated Roosevelt senior Mustah Mohamned 17-0 in the closing match. Hammond has a 38-5 record in 2014.
Franklin senior DeAnthony Hartley pinned all three of his foes, including Cleveland junior Brandon Moyer in 1:54 of the championship match. Hartley, the No. 1 seed, climbed to 15-6 this season.
Haszell West, a senior from Jefferson, made short work of his competition to gain his second consecutive 170-pound title. He scored pins in 30 seconds, 1:25, 49 seconds and then 2:25 of the championship match against Jake Kolin, a Wilson junior. West is 33-2. He was third in the state at 170 in 2013.
In a meeting of No. 1 seed Robert Caudillo of Benson and No. 2 Joell McCool of Cleveland, the Tech junior scored a fall over the Warriors senior with 14 seconds left in the second period, after the two had exchanged the lead a couple of times. Caudillo was third at the same weight last year.
Sailor Becker of Cleveland, a senior, controlled the final match enough for a 3-0 victory over Wilson junior Jackson Davis. Becker (31-6) had scored pins in 17 seconds and 1:23 from his spot as the No. 1 tourney seed. Davis also had pinned his two opponents, in 42 seconds and 1:53. Becker improved from 2013, when he placed second at 195.
Defending state champ Semise Kofe, a Roosevelt senior, met Wilson's Bobby Powers in the final and won 3-2. Kofe had lost by the same score last year in the PIL championship match to Jaelan Webb of Jefferson (Kofe beat Webb in 2012 for the 285-pound crown). There was no stopping Kofe this time, as he advanced by falls in 1:13, 1:33 and 1:03. Kofe is 18-1 in 2014.