FRANKLIN — Union City's Shane Rankin recorded his 100th career win in a 112-pound bout Thursday as the Bears beat Franklin 42-27 in a non-region dual meet.
Rankin, a junior, pinned the Knights' Jordan Foster in 2:45 sparking Union City (4-3) to 18-0.
Rankin, a returning District 10 champ and state qualifier, trails teammate and current record-holder Jared Burger, who recorded his 136th career win with a pin 2:51 at 215.
Heavyweight Greg Reinke decked his foe in just 16 seconds.
Union City 52, Franklin 27
103 — Steenrod (UC) by forfeit 112 — Rankin (UC) p Foster, 2:45; 119 — Graham (F) p Jesse Middleton, 3:47; 125 — Brandon Nichols (UC) p Kenyon, 4:30; 130 — Josh Reinke (UC) d Harper, 6-0; 135 — Jolley (F) p Nate Wienczkowski, 3:52; 140 — Adams (F) d Tim Vargo, 3-2; 145 — Dunmire (F) d Nick Tomcho, 4-2; 152 — Lewis Pisani (UC) p Matthews, :39; 160 — Shevitz (F) p Adam Green, 2:57; 171 — Evanitz (F) d Myers, 3-2; 189 — Jesse Vazquez (UC) d Dolan, 8-5; 215 — Jared Burger (UC) p Richey, 2:51; Hwt — Greg Reinke (UC) p Grove, :16.
Pollard seeded second
for mat tourney in NE
The 30th Annual North East Invitational Tournament is this weekend at North East High School. Wrestling begins today at 5:30 p.m., resuming Saturday at 10 a.m.
The championship and consolation finals are at 6:30 p.m. on two mats.
Joining Corry in the field are Cochranton, Eisenhower, Fairfax (Va.), Fort LeBoeuf, Grove City, Harbor Creek, Iroquois, Kane, Mercer, Portage (from District 6), D-9’s Redbank Valley and Smethport, Saegertown, Seneca, Sharon, Sharpsville, West Middlesex and the host Grape Pickers
Corry did not compete in last year’s tourney, LeBoeuf the returning champ with Grove City second and Redbank Valley third.
Returning champs include PIAA champion Jordan Moss of Sharon, teammate Lewendo Teague, Harbor Creek’s Tyler Pier plus North East’s Levi Morton who won two years ago.
In 2008, Corry’s Michael Pollard was second, Austin Gillihan and Jake Kondrlik third, Kevin Kerr and Jesse Preisler fourth. The Beavers took first place in that event, the first title since 2003.
In the preliminary seedings, Gillihan is first at 119, Kondrlik third at 145 where he’ll meet Ike’s Logan Head in the opening round (Moss is seeded first). Preisler second at 152 to LeBoeuf’s Jeremy King, Dustin Taubert third (171) and Pollard second (189) behind Fairfax’s Jordan Yost.