LOGAN, Ohio — Two points made all the difference.
The Gallia Academy wrestling team came up two points short of an unbeaten evening Wednesday night during a tri-match with Jackson and Logan at Jim Myers Gymnasium in Hocking County.
Both the Blue Devils (63-10) and host Chieftains (54-6) posted sizable victories over the Ironmen in their head-to-head contests, leaving their dual match as the one to determine the champion. LHS won seven of the 13 individual matches against Gallia Academy, allowing the hosts to remain unbeaten with a narrow 35-33 victory.
GAHS — which went without representatives in two weight classes — finished the night with a 17-9 overall mark and 11 pinfall wins, which included an 11-2 record and eight pinfall wins against Jackson.
The Blue Devils had five grapplers go unbeaten in their two bouts, with Justin Reynolds leading the way with a pair of pinfall wins at 182 pounds. Isaiah Holley (113), Cole Tawney (126) and John Byus (285) each recorded a pinfall win while going 2-0, and Jared Stevens also went unbeaten at 106 pounds.
Kaleb Crisenberry (132), Quenton McKinniss (145), Hunter Jacks (152), Ryan Terry (160), Griffon McKinniss (170) and Anthony Sipple (220) all went 1-1 overall with a pinfall victory. Jacob Upton also finished .500 in the 138 weight class.