THE PLAINS, Ohio — Both wrestling programs from Meigs and River Valley will be represented at the district level next weekend at Heath High School, as each squad had at least one qualifier last Saturday at the 2012 Division III sectional meet held at Athens High School in Athens County.
Both the Marauders and the Raiders improved on their team scores from a year ago. Meigs placed fifth with 108 points, while RVHS was 11th in the 14-team field with 51 points. MHS was 15th last year with 38 points, while River Valley was 14th with 51 points.
Meigs — which had five qualifiers and eight top-six efforts on the day — will have a competitor at the district level for the seventh consecutive year, while the Raiders advanced at least one grappler to districts for a second straight postseason. RVHS, however, had the one thing that Meigs did not — a sectional champion.
Trae Cornell is the lone Raider moving on to districts after capturing the 152-pound weight class championship, a first for the sophomore. Cornell pinned Seth Mumford of Crooksville to earn the sectional crown. Anthony Harmon (195) and William Bowman (160) just missed the top-four cutoff point in their respective divisions after finishing fifth and sixth.
The Marauders had a pair of runners-up in seniors Jeffrey Roush and Blake Crow in the 170 and 220 divisions, respectively. Roush was pinned in the 170 final by Zach Mays of Nelsonville-York, while Crow suffered a 15-0 technical fall to Jacob Coon (NYHS) in the 220 title match.
Chris Lester (132), Nick Hudson (160) and Zach Sheets (285) also all advanced to district competition next weekend after each placed fourth in their respective weight classes.
Adam Russell (113), Christian Hysell (145) and Nate McClintock (152) all missed the district cutoff after each finished sixth in their divisions.
Nelsonville-York won the D-3 team title with 247.5 points, finishing 82.5 points ahead of runner-up Belpre (165.0). Southeastern (127.5) and Alexander (119.0) finished ahead of Meigs to round out the top-five spots.
Complete results of the 2012 Division III sectionals at Athens High School are available on the web at baumspage.com