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Liberty Wins Franklin Tournament

Liberty (241 points) crowned champions Keelan Bailey (113), Adam Slicher (138), Kevin Kern (190) and Dylan Rubin (215) among 10 wrestlers who finished within the top four of their weight classes to overcome runner-up and host Franklin (195) and the 13-team field.

Dylan Ohler (138) was a runner-up for Liberty, with Sammy Perretta (120), Alex Pearl (126) and Jared Piek (150) being third, and Parker Reynolds (132) and Dominic Marsico (165), fourth

Rubin decked all three of his opponents to improve to 24-2, Kern rose to 22-4 on a pin and consecutive decisions of 9-7, and 5-3; Bailey pinned his semifinal and final opponents to improve to 19-3; and Slicher used a pair of falls to reach the finals, where his 10-4 decision overcame Howard High’s Abdel Gaballa.

Hereford had a pair of champions in Nick Massengill (157) and Dom Gabarino (165), as did Severn in Dominic Montgomery (126) and Nick Melfi (132), and St. Paul’s in Cooper Monroe (120) and William Brockel (285).

Massengill improved his record on the year to 19-1 following a 12-1 major decision, a 65-second fall and an 8-2 title match decision, and Gabarino is 19-2 thanks to his 16-0 technical fall, a 51-second pin and a 5-0 championship bout decision.

Melfi rose to 15-1 on a technical fall, a pin and an 8-3 championship decision, and Montgomery improved his record to 10-2 after pinning all three opponents.

Monroe’s record is 22-3 after having scored a fall and major decisions of 11-1, and 9-0, Brockel won his semifinal, 6-0, and his title bout with a fall in 98 seconds.

Other title-winners were two-time Class 4A-3A state champion Calvin Kraisser (144) of Centennial, Markwan Hawkins (106) of St. Frances Academy, Grant Mizer (150) of Howard and Aaron Moccia (175) of John Carroll.

Kraisser is 17-1 after pinning all three of his opponents. Hawkins is 6-1 following a 17-2 technical fall and decision victories of 6-3, and 4-1. Mizer is 23-3 following two pins and a 13-9 decision. Moccia won by a fall before earning consecutive decisions of 7-3 and 7-0.

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