CENTENARY, Ohio —In a single night on Thursday, the Gallia Academy wrestling team honored its four seniors, had two seniors collect their 100th career victories, and swept its Ohio Valley Conference championship triangular match.
As the OVC only has three schools which wrestle at the high-school level, the host Blue Devils defeated easily Chesapeake and Fairland.
In fact, the Blue Devils shut out Chesapeake 72-0 — and were only two double forfeits away from a possible perfect score of 86-0.
They almost blanked Fairland as well, winning 64-15 with two of the three weight-class losses coming courtesy of their forfeits at 132 and heavyweight.
Fairland’s only contested triumph over Gallia Academy was an 8-7 decision by Mikey Adkins in the 160-pound weight class.
In the opening match of the dual-format meet, Fairland defeated Chesapeake 33-30.
The Blue Devils’ quartet of seniors — Isaiah Holley at 132 pounds, Ryan Terry at 170, Justin Reynolds at 182 and Anthony Sipple at 195 — were recognized in pre-match ceremonies.
In addition, junior Jared Stevens was recognized for capturing his 100th career victory at the Nelsonville-York Invitational on Jan. 9.
Two Blue Devil seniors celebrated their Senior Night in memorable fashion — as Terry and Sipple secured their 100th career wins.
All four GAHS seniors wrestled up a weight class on Thursday, but it didn’t matter, as Terry and Sipple only needed 21 and 25 seconds respectively to win their 100th career match.
For Sipple, at 220 pounds, he pinned Chesapeake’s Justin Harman in only 25 seconds.
For Terry, at 182, he pinned Fairland’s Steven Plybon with only 21 ticks elapsed off the clock.
Against Chesapeake, the Blue Devils dominated in winning seven matches by pinfall — all in three minutes or less and only two matches that lasted beyond the first period.
Kyle Greenlee (113 pounds in 45 seconds), Stevens (120 pounds in 33 seconds), Holley (138 pounds in 147 seconds), Kaleb Crisenbery (145 pounds in 51 seconds), Lane Pullins (152 pounds in 180 seconds), Terry (182 pounds in 65 seconds) and Sipple (220 pounds in 25 seconds) all had pins against the Panthers.
Caleb Greenlee at 106, Morgan Stanley at 126, Andrew Mullins at 160, Hunter Jacks at 170 and Reynolds at 195 all won via forfeit for the other 30 points.
Against Fairland, the Blue Devils’ only win not worth the six points for falls or forfeits was a four-point major decision by Holley.
He defeated the Dragons’ Drew Norris at 138 by a count of 14-4.
In addition to Terry’s pin of Plybon, Stanley pinned Fairland’s Josh Brewer in 23 seconds at 126, while Sipple did the same in 58 seconds to Matt Cox at 220.
Caleb Greenlee at 106, Kyle Greenlee at 113, Stevens at 120, Crisenbery at 145, Pullins at 152, Jacks at 170 and Reynolds at 195 all won by forfeit.
Dillon Lunsford at 132 and Dustin Lemon at heavyweight had Fairland’s forfeit wins.
The Dragons and Panthers each forfeited four matches in their dual, with Chesapeake’s pinfall win coming courtesy of Sexton pinning Plybon in 30 seconds at 182.
For Fairland, Cox pinned Harman in two minutes and 22 seconds at 220, while Norris narrowly won a 10-9 decision at 138.
The Blue Devils returned to action on Saturday (Feb. 13), when they traveled to Winfield (W. Va.) for the Bill Hughes Invitational.
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