Grappling time: Warren, Marietta on the mat at John Deno Classic

Some of the Warren and Marietta wrestlers could be squaring off against each other on the mat at the John Deno Classic at Athens High in The Plains at 10 a.m. Saturday.

That hasn’t happened very often this season.

In fact, the Mike Pahl-coached Warriors and Bill Heldman-led Tigers have only grappled each other in four individual bouts (170 pounds, 145, 182, and 120) – all at the Ray Webster Wrestling Tournament at Trimble High in Glouster on Dec. 15, 2012.

Warren had the edge, 3-1, and all of the matches resulted in falls.

Warren and Marietta were runner-up and third, respectively, in the nine-school field at Ray Webster.

Marietta did host a Jan. 9 quad, which included Warren, but neither Washington County big school faced off on the mat.

Things could be different at John Deno.

“The John Deno Classic is a good tournament,” said Warren coach Mike Pahl. “We should be ready for it after wrestling at Miami Trace last weekend. That was our most competitive tournament so far this season.”

Unfortunately, the Warriors will not be at full strength at John Deno as 285-pound sophomore Brandon Pahl (the coach’s son) suffered a shoulder injury.

“There’s good news and bad news from Miami Trace,” Mike Pahl said. “We know that Brandon can wrestle with anyone.

“But because of the injury, I’m going to keep him out of John Deno.”

Warren’s wrestling lineup is expected to include 103-pound Miami Trace champion Levi Congleton (33-1), 113-pound Miami Trace runner-up Cory Parsons (28-4), 138-pound Braden Hewitt, 145-pound Cody Dobbs, 152-pound Austin Klintworth, 160-pound Austin Miles, 170-pound Austin Antill, 182-pound Zach Pike, and 220-pound Chris Massey.

Parsons, who set the school career pin record (92) at the Miami Trace meet, needs seven more wins during the rest of the season to become Warren’s all-time winningest wrestler with 152. He could get five opportunities to add to his total at John Deno.

“I’m hoping to get (the record) in the second match of the league (SEOAL) meet,” said Parsons, who is a defending John Deno Classic champion.

Marietta’s wrestling lineup is expected to include 106-pounder Josh Clark, 113-pounder David Vann, 120-pounder Malachi Vaughn, 138-pounder Scott Bricker, 145-pounder Anthony Winters, 152-pounder Garrett Davis, 160-pounder Jake Dickson, 170-pounder Troy Smithberger, 182-pounder Will Cogswell, 195-pounder Nick Spurr, and 220-pounder Jon Hedrick.

Marietta wrestled in last Saturday’s Bob Zide Rumble in Williamstown, and finished sixth in the 11-school field.

Cogswell (23-8) had the best placement with a runner-up at 182. Spurr (24-8) was third at 195. Davis (152, 24-10) and Dickson (160, 10-10) each was fourth.

Scott Zimmer-coached Waterford is also expected to wrestle at Deno.

The Wildcat wrestling lineup will be featuring Zeb Offenberger (120), Austin Lang (126), Tim Leach (132), Weston Wagner (138), Hunter Munjas (160) and Blake Heiss (182).