Point grapplers go 2-1 at University quad

Bryan Walters

January 7, 2014

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two out of three ain’t bad.

The Point Pleasant wrestling team posted a 2-1 team mark and finished second overall Saturday afternoon during a quad match at University High School in Monongalia County.

The Big Blacks posted convincing wins over Preston (60-9) and University (62-11) in their head-to-head matchups, but PPHS came up 11 points short in its other dual contest against Musselman — which the Applemen won by a 42-31 outcome.

Point Pleasant won six of its 14 matches against MHS, with Guy Fisher (126), John Raike (138), Austin Rutter (152) and Tannor Hill (195) all earning pinfall victories. Grant Safford (170) and Jacob Duncan (220) also earned a pair of wins by decision.

PPHS was victorious in 12 of its 14 matches against University, with three of those wins coming by forfeit. Caleb Leslie (106), Austin Wamsley (120), John Raike (132), Hunter White (145) and Alec Stanley (285) each earned a pinfall win against UHS.

Guy Fisher (126) and Grant Safford (170) both won by majority decision, while Josh Hudson (160) and Tannor Hill (195) each came away with decision victories. Scotty Wilcox (113), Jon Peterson (182) and Jacob Duncan (220) each claimed wins by forfeit.

No inidvidual results from the Preston dual were available at press time.

Blue Devils 4th at NYHS Invitational

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Gallia Academy and Meigs respectively placed fourth and 17th out of 18 teams Saturday at the 2014 Nelsonville-York Wrestling Invitational in Athens County.

The Blue Devils had nine grapplers finish in the top-eight of their respective divisions and came away with 254 points as a team, while the Marauders had two top-eight efforts and scored 42 points — defeating only Trimble (34.0) in the team standings.

Northwestern won the event by the slimmest of margins, posting a 291.5 to 291.0 victory over runner-up Buckeye Valley. Caledonia River Valley finished ahead of GAHS with 284.5 points, while Fairfield Union (224) rounded out the top-five team spots.

Cole Tawney was the lone local wrestlers to come away with a divisional championship, as the GAHS junior earned first place in the 126-pound weight class. Jared Stevens (106), Kaleb Crisenberry (132) and Griffon McKinniss (170) also earned runner-up efforts in their respective divisions for the Blue Devils.

Justin Reynolds (182) and John Byus (220) each placed third for Gallia Academy, while Ryan Terry (160) and Anthony Sipple (195) both came away with fourth place in their weight classes. Quenton McKinniss also placed eighth overall in the 145-pound weight class.

Daylen Neece was the top finisher for Meigs after placing fourth in the 220-pound weight class. Brandon Thompson was also fifth in the 145 division for the Marauders.

Wahama 10th at Pat Vance Invite

NITRO, W.Va. — The Wahama wrestling team placed 10th out of 15 teams Saturday at the 44th annual Pat Vance Invitational at Nitro High School in Kanawha County.

The White Falcons had three grapplers finish in the top-six of their respective divisions while posting a team score of 86 points, which allowed them to finish ahead of Buffalo (80), Roanoke Catholic (76), Nitro (63) and both Poca and South Charleston (34).

Kane Roush was the lone individual champion for WHS as the senior was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after winning the 170-pound weight class. Randall Robie placed fourth in the 132 division, while Demetrius Serevicz was sixth in the 220 weight class.

Johnson Central won the event with a team score of 218 points, followed by runner-up Riverside with 158.5 points and St. Albans (153). Hurricane (147) and Winfield (146) rounded out the top-five team scores.

Capital also came away with the Bob and Margaret Ranson Team Sportsmanship Award at the 2014 competition.