South matmen win OVAC, PHS takes Winner’s Choice
WHEELING – Parkersburg South returned to the top of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference as the Patriots easily captured the 61st annual Ron Mauck wrestling team championship Saturday night inside WesBanco Arena.
In fact, the Patriots had the crown sealed before the final round even started. Entering Saturday evening, the Patriots led defending tournament champion Steubenville 239.5 to 192 and had mathematically clinched.
History was made by two Parkersburg South freshmen – 145-pounder Hunter DeLong and 182-pounder Justin Allman. DeLong, the No. 5 seed, decisioned second-seeded Bailey Jenkins of Meadowbrook 6-1 to win his weight class. Allman, who entered as the No. 3 seed, dealt expected champion Mitchell Wells of Edison a 6-2 setback in the finals. DeLong and Allman are the first ninth-graders in PSHS history to claim OVAC individual crowns.
Parkersburg South, despite not having a 113-pounder, got a strong effort throughout the lineup to secure the team title. Two Patriots – Hunter Cline at 106 and Tyler Newhart at 195 – weren’t even seeded, but came through with impressive efforts. Newhart fought back through the consolation rounds and grabbed third while Cline took fourth.
Newhart was joined in third place by fellow Patriot teammates Colten Nangle (120), Austin Harris (126), Dylan Alexander (152) and Matthew Dixon (170). Nangle was seeded eighth.
No. 7 seed T.J. Lambiotte finished fourth at 132 for the Patriots and heavyweight Thomas Hall, the top seed, was also fourth.
Parkersburg South also got top-eight placement efforts from Damon Gandee (fifth at 160), Logan Dilliner (fifth at 220) and 138-pounder Tyler Windland, who was seventh.
FAIRMONT – The Parkersburg wrestling team put on a dominating two-day performance at the Winner’s Choice and walked away as team champions, scoring 226.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Point Pleasant (165.5).
PHS 152-pounder Trapper Hays capped his 4-0 weekend in style by handing two-time Ripley state champion Jake Martin a 2-0 setback in the finals. The two grapplers went scoreless into the one-minute sudden-death overtime and Hays, who was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, secured a takedown for the victory.
“It was pretty intense,” said PHS head mat coach Chris Way, who also watched 106-pounder Jared Donahue go 4-0 and win an individual crown.
Dylan Richards (145) and Codie Barrows (160) were the only Big Reds to recorded runner-up finishes.
The red and white also received a third place effort from Austin Spears (113), a fourth place from 195-pounder Max Chefren, fifth place from Drew Murphy at 170, a trio of sixth places by Nick Johnson (132), Gage Graham (138) and Shawn Graham (182) as well as two eighth place finishes by 126-pounder Noah Farnsworth and heavyweight Charley Conley.
“Overall, we wrestled pretty solid. It was a good team effort,” added Way, whose squad wrestles a dual at noon Saturday at Wheeling Park with regional seeding implications.
“We won a lot of matches in the consolations and got team points and places there.”