West Branch Has a State-Qualified Wrestler

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Mariah Hayles

Freshman Landon Bainey prepares for a match against his opponent.

West Branch has one wrestler going to the State Championship, freshman Landon Bainey. Landon placed second in regionals, allowing him to move on to Super Regionals the week after. With a fourth-place finish in Super Regionals, Landon will move to the AA Championship on Friday, March 12. Landon, who has 22 wins and three losses on the year, has added being placed at least eighth in States to his accomplishments in his freshman year. Another wrestler who was close to making the trip to super regionals was Ethan Yingling, who got sixth place in Regionals, ending his high school career as a wrestler. Ethan went 86 and 36 and could’ve gotten 100 wins if COVID-19 didn’t prevent  tournaments from being hosted. 

 

Regionals

Championship Quarterfinals

106 – Landon Bainey dec. Parker Sentipal (Burgettstown), 6-0

215 – Ethan Yingling dec. Bryant Most (Meyersdale), 3-0

Championship Semifinals

106 – Landon Bainey pinned Jack Kazalas (Quaker Valley), 5:11

215 – Dayton Pitzer (Mount Pleasant) pinned Ethan Yingling, 0:46

Consolation Semifinals

215 – Eli Reese (Knoch) maj. dec. Ethan Yingling, 10-1

Fifth Place

215 – Briar Deline (Huntingdon) dec. Ethan Yingling, 7-4 SV

Championship Finals

106 – Cooper Hornack (Burrell) dec. Landon Bainey, 4-3 UTB

 

Super Regionals

Championship Quarterfinals

106 – Landon Bainey dec. Hunter Gould (Conneaut Area), 3-0

Championship Semifinals

106 – Hunter Robison (Saegertown) dec. Landon Bainey, 6-3

Consolation Semifinals

106 – Landon Bainey pinned Jack Kazalas (Quaker Valley), 2:19

Third Place

106 – Louie Gill (Hickory) dec. Landon Bainey, 3-0