The Austintown Youth Wrestling Club concluded its 2009-2010 wrestling season on Feb. 14 at the Ohio Youth Wrestling Association State Championship Tournament. The club had four wrestlers qualify for the 2010 state tournament.
In weight class order the state qualifiers are: Justin Goist, 73 pounds; Alexander Mackall, 76 pounds (2009 state qualifier); Anthony Moffo, 86 pounds (2009 state qualifier); and Adam Green, 102 pounds.
Each of these sixth-grade Austintown Middle School youths were 2010 team captains. All of the qualifiers won at least one match at the state tournament.
Mackall finished third and Goist was just one win away from the medal round.
Some of the most successful Ohio wrestlers have been OYWA wrestlers. The club itself had nine district qualifiers this season, including: Anthony Winterburn, 52 pounds, sectional third place; Drew Fairbanks, 67 pounds, sectional champion; Adam Wilps, 70 pounds, sectional champion; Goist 73-pounds, sectional and district champion; Mackall, 76 pounds, sectional and district champion; Moffo, 86 pounds, sectional champion, district runner-up; Lyndell McGeechy, sectional fourth place; Green, sectional champion, districts fourth place; and Tex Martin, sectional champion. Also, honorable mention went to Alec Herman, 49-pound sectional champion (there is no district 49-pound class); and to Martin, who was a sixth-grade state tournament bound hopeful who fell ill with the flu the night before the district tournament. This season, the youth varsity team competed in eight dual meets against other local youth wrestling clubs at Austintown Fitch High School and wrestled in six of the best youth wrestling tournaments in northern Ohio this season.
Coach Bob Mackall, who completed his ninth and final season coaching the wrestling club, was assisted by coaches Dave Goist, Tim Green, John Herman, Greg Faunda and Marco Perry, who together helped in making this 2010 wrestling season a success. Coach Mackall now looks forward to cheering on his former youth wrestlers at the Austintown Middle School and Fitch High School teams.
Austintown Youth Wrestling Club has been in the OYWA since 1992 and has produced many fine wrestlers since its creation. Most of the successful wrestlers at Fitch High School in the last 20 years have been wrestlers from the club. The Austintown Youth Wrestling Club is open to boys and girls in second to sixth grades. Sign-ups are customarily held in mid-October at the Austintown Community Fitness on Fitch High School campus.
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Ohio Youth Wrestling Association state qualifiers Alexander Mackall, Justin Goist, Anthony Moffo and Adam Green are all members of the Austintown Youth Wrestling Club.