CENTENARY, Ohio — Worth the wait.
The Gallia Academy wrestling team made a triumphant debut on Wednesday night after claiming a trio of victories over Ironton, Marietta and Alexander during a non-conference quad match in Gallia County.
The Blue Devils posted a 30-12 overall record in their trio of 14-match competitions, with eight of those victories coming by pinfall.
The hosts defeated Ironton 57-23, then beat Marietta 72-12 in the middle dual before claiming a 42-31 win over Alexander in the finale.
GAHS had nine different grapplers go unbeaten throughout the event, including a quartet of wrestlers who went 3-0 overall and another pair that won twice in as many matches.
Todd Elliott (120), Garytt Schwall (132), Cole Hines (152) and Hudson Shamblin (160) remained perfect through each of the three rounds, with Elliott and Hines each posting a pair of pinfall wins. Schwall also recorded a single pinfall.
Dakota McCoy (145) and Hunter Shamblin (170) ended the evening with identical marks of 2-0 in their respective divisions, while Paolo Jones (138), Jayden Dunlap (145) and Caleb Stout (170) also scored a win in their only varsity matches.
Nate Yongue (106), Jules Sedeyn (113) and Michael Henry (195) completed the evening with matching 2-1 records. Henry was the only one of the three to record a pinfall win.
Dylan Queen (126), Wyatt Webb (138), Brayden Easton (182), Gabe Raynor (220) and Dakota Siders (285) also recorded a win apiece in their respective weight classes. Easton and Siders also notched a pinfall win each.
Alexander handed GAHS half of its dozen losses as the hosts won the head-to-head count by an 8-6 margin. The Blue Devils went 12-2 against Marietta and 10-4 versus Ironton.
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