NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Gallia Academy wrestling team came away with top honors Saturday at the Nelsonville-York Wrestling Invitational, as the Blue Devils beat out 18 other programs to secure the 2013 team championship in Athens County.
The Blue Devils posted a winning team score of 248 points, which was three points better than runner-up Caledonia River Valley (245). Morgan placed third in the 19-team event with 207.5 points, while St. Clairsville (206) and Logan (205) rounded out the top five spots.
Gallia Academy had two individual champions and a total of 10 top-eight finishes in the 14 different divisions, as well as top-four efforts in half of the respective weight classes. GAHS also joined Morgan, Nelsonville-York and St. Clairsville with two individual champions apiece, the most of any of the programs at the tournament.
Cole Tawney and Mark Allen both won individual crowns for the Blue Devils. Tawney claimed a 15-10 decision over Braidon Knotts of Parkersburg South to win the 120-pound division, while Allen posted a 4-1 decision over Mitchell Wells of Edison to wrap up the 182 weight class title.
Ben Bush (138), Justin Reynolds (170) and John Byus (220) each placed third in their respective weight classes, while Briggs Shoemaker (195) and Scott Warren (285) each finished fourth in their respective divisions. Michael Edelmann (113), Scott Mash (126) and Blake Wilson (145) all placed seventh in their individual weight classes as well.
Another local program competed at the NYHS Invitational, as Meigs placed 14th overall as a team with 107 points. Drew Grover had the top Marauder effort on the day with a fourth-place finish in the 113-pound division.
Gage Gilkey (126) and Daylen Neese (220) each respectively placed fifth in their weight class, while Chris Lester finished sixth in the 138-pound division.
Other weight class champions included Wyatt Garren of Logan (106), Raymond Raimo of Caledonia River Valley (113), Hayden Matheney of Morgan (126), Dakota Mays of NYHS (132), Dylan Alexander of Parkersburg South (138), Kody Driggs of Morgan (145), Alec Mills of Mifflin (152), Dalton Nolte of St. Clairsville (160), Zach Mays of NYHS (170), Clayton Bullard of Johnstown-Monroe (195), Troy Caldwell of Jonathan Alder (220), and Corey Ernest of St. Clairsville (285).
Complete results of the 2013 Nelsonville-York Wrestling Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com