Sumner, Caprella win opening round matches at state
Friday, March 10, 2017 10:26 AM
COLUMBUS — Ada's Chase Sumner and Allen East's Schuyler Caprella both won their opening round matches Thursday afternoon at the Division III state tournament at the Schottenstein Center.
Sumner won his first round match in the 138 pound bracket in the Div. III state meet preliminaries Thursday.
Sumner is now 39-3 this season after winning his lone match of the day.
Sumner started out in the 16-man draw as a three seed against sophomore Billy Luft, a sophomore from Newark Catholic who came in as the two seed from the Coshocton district with a 37-7 record.
Sumner pinned Luft at 1:10 to advance to the quarterfinals against Gavin Stilke, the top seed in that quarter of the draw.
The junior from Creston Norwayne sports a 44-2 record after winning the Garfield Heights district title and decisioning J.D. McNett 11-2 of Otsego in his first round state match.
Sumner will face Stilke in the championship quarterfinals of the double-elimination event Friday morning a little after 10 a.m. The winner advances to the semifinals, while the loser will drop down to the consolation bracket.
Schuyler Caprella, a senior, won his opening round matcha t 132 pounds as he defeated Oak Harbor's Trevor Scherf 9-2. Caprella (32-6) was to face Triway's Michael Yacapraro in the championship quarterfinals Friday morning.
Mustang freshman Chase Caprella was not as fortunate as he twice Thursday to be knocked form the tournament.
Caprella fell to Genoa area sophomore Oscar Sanchez in the first match of the tournament, 13-2, a major decision. Caprella returned Thursday evening for a consolation match against Massillon Tuslaw's Jacob Kuhlins 7-2. Caprella finishes a fine freshman season with a 39-7 record.
The Div. III second consolation round starts at 12:15 p.m. Friday. The Div. III semifinals begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. The consolation quarters are slated for 8:40 p.m. Friday night.
Competition resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Sumner finished fourth in the 132 lb. class in 2016, the highest finish ever for an Ada grappler at the state meet.