VINCENT, Ohio — A double whammy.
Both Gallia Academy and Warren finished the weekend with matching 4-1 team marks, but the host Warriors won a tiebreaker to claim the 2013 Hickory Grove Market Wrestling Invitational held Saturday at WHS in Washington County.
The Blue Devils suffered their only setback of the day against Warren, which ended up being a three-point difference (39-36) in the head-to-head matchup. WHS suffered its only team loss to Williamstown (39-36), which left both the Warriors and GAHS tied in the team standings.
The tiebreaker was decided by the head-to-head results, which allowed Warren to get the nod over the Blue Devils in the team standings.
Williamstown was third overall at 3-2, while Parkersburg South (2-3) and John Glenn (2-3) rounded out the top five. River Valley went 0-5 as a team and placed sixth overall.
The Blue Devils had two divisional champions, as Jared Stevens and Cole Tawney came away with titles in the 106- and 132-pound weight classes respectively. Tawney was also named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the event.
Warren, Williamstown and Parkersburg South each had three divisional winners, while John Glenn had two champions and River Valley added one when Rondal Cornell captured the 170-pound crown.
Eight of the 14 matches between GAHS and Warren were forfeits, including a double forfeit in the 126 division. The Warriors won five of six matches, four of which were decided by pinfall.
Hunter Jacks had the Devils’ lone pinfall win against WHS in the 160-pound match. GAHS went 6-7 overall against the hosts in head-to-head action.
Meigs 8th at Post 81 Invite
MCARTHUR, Ohio — The Meigs wrestling team finished eighth out of nine teams Saturday at the 2013 American Legion Post 81 Invitational held at Vinton County High School.
The Marauders finished the day with 78 points as a team, which was one more point than last place Wellston (77) managed. Belpre came away with the team trophy after posting a winning score of 324, followed by VCHS (308) and Unioto (212) in the top three.
Daylen Neece served as Meigs’ only division champion after going unbeaten in the 220-pound weight class. Brandon Thompson also finished second for the Marauders in the 145 division, but no other MHS grappler placed in the top-four of any remaining weight class.
Complete results of both wrestling events Saturday are available on the web at baumspage.com