Thirteen teams took part in the large Tyler Consolidated High School "Wrestle-A-Bout" wrestling tournament on Dec. 17, including Parkersburg South "B", Ritchie County, St. Marys, River and Ravenswood. The tournament featured some excellent bouts and skilled athletes from the Ohio Valley.
The overall team win went to the wrestlers of Parkersburg South with 148 team points, followed by Weir with 140; River, 76; Ritchie County, 75; Magnolia, 41; St. Marys, 38; Tyler Consolidated, 37; Clay Battelle, 37; Sissonville, 35; Ravenswood, 15; John Marshall "B", 15 and Parkersburg Catholic, 0.
The first four place winners in each weight class are listed below, showing the winner and runner-up of the championship match, followed by the third and fourth place finishers in each:
106 - 1st Logan Ball (P.South) decision, 8-3 Collen Nangle (P.South); 3rd, Ryan Quinn (John Marshall B) tech fall 16-1 Trevor Cottrill (St. Marys)
113 - 1st Cory Poling (Weir) major decision, 11-2 Austin Harris (P.South);
3rd, Tyler Windland (P.South) fall 1:40 Jon Garnes (Sissonville)
120 - 1st Braidon Knotts (P.South) major decision, 11-2 John Brosky (Tyler); 3rd, Matt Barnes (Weir) decision 3-1 Cody Binni (River)
126 - 1st Daniel Cotton (P.South) decision 9-8 Ian Kolman (Weir); 3rd, Andrew Davis (RC) major decision 18-8 Howard Vanseyor (JM)
132 - 1st Devin Talbott (Riv) major decision 10-0 Hunter McLaughlin (Weir);
3rd, Cody Whipkey (CB) fall 2:12 Dylan Alexander (P.South)
138 - 1st Kyle Knotts (P. South) fall 3:14 Tyler Forguer (CB); 3rd, Nick Lane (Siss.) fall 1:28 Austin McCartney (SM)
145 - 1st Reno Castelli (Weir) fall 1:09 Joey Kelly (Mag); 3rd, Mark Freeland (RC) fall 1:22 Fred Mondt III (Riv)
152 - 1st Damon Gandee (P.Couth) decision 11-5 Gage Deem (Mag); 3rd, Kyle Bartlett (Ritchie) fall 5:24 Logan Crain (Sissonville)
160 - 1st Kole Smith (Riv.) fall 3:17 Skylar Wohnhes (Riv.); 3rd, Tyler Newhart (P.South) decision 5-2 Mike Houser (SM)
170 - 1st Matthew Dixon (P.South) fall 1:40 Josh Hart (RC); 3rd, Levi Henderson (Tyler) fall 1:03 Logan Burford (Sissonville)
182 - 1st Cole White (SM) decision 9-3 Brad Riddle (RC); 3rd, Stetton Shriver (CB) fall :52 Michael Gaunt (Weir)
195 - 1st J.D. Dotson (Riv) fall :15 Shain Livada (Riv); 3rd, Clay Whitney (Siss) major decision 11-0 Sam Atkinson (P.South)
220 - 1st Ethan Barnes (Weir) fall :53 Trent Hart (RC); 3rd, Dakota Allen (Tyler) fall 4:43 Hank Goble (Riv)
285 - 1st Darren Starr (Weir) fall 2:36 Billy Knicely (Rav); 3rd, Tyler Baker (Mag) fall 3:32 Tyler Davis (SM)
"I was very happy with our boys' performances," said head coach of the Silver Knight grapplers, Chad Snider. "Everybody is improving, some quicker than others."
"Levi Henderson is not only surprising us, but also the competitors. In every match he has wrestled he has thrown his opponent to his back in the first period. Now all we have to do is get him to finish his opponent with that initial attack. He has made a few beginner mistakes and gotten rolled through and put on his own back, which accounts for his three losses so far."
"Dakota Allen has also came a long way since he started. He has such a low center of gravity and power that he has defeated opponents with more experience than him. He is definately a threat in the 220lb weight class. And of course, John Brosky is in his senior year returning as a state qualifier. He has been showing improvement even as a senior. I think John has the skills necessary to stand on the podium at the end of the season in Huntington."
"I was very pleased to see that most of our wrestlers were in good cardiovascular shape and didn't "gas" in the third period like many other teams did. This has proven to be an advantage to our guys. If they can last into the last period, then it will be to our advantage most of the time."
Several Knight wrestlers saw some success in New Martinsville last week as they competed in a dual with Magnolia on Dec. 13.
Dual forfeits were recorded in the 106, 113, 126, and 132 weight classes. Knights winning by forfeit were John Brosky, 120; Mario Mantecon, 160; and Dakota Allen, 220.
Wins recorded in all other weight classes were as follows:
138 - Joey Kelly (Mag) def. Raph Bailes (TC) by technical fall in the third period 15-1
145- Shayne Harmon (Mag) def. Josh Ruble (TC) by fall in 1st period
152- Gage Deem (Mag) def. Darrin LeMasters (TC) by fall in 1st period
170- Levi Henderson (TC) def. Garrett Woofter (Mag) by fall in 1st period
182- Spencer Billings (TC) def. Jacob Rabel (Mag) by fall in 1st period
195- Jared Wright (Mag) def. Dustin Towney (TC) by fall in 1st period
285-Tyler Baker (Mag) def. Cecil Spencer (TC) by fall in 1st period
The Knight wrestlers will compete again on Jan. 4 at Barnesville in tri-meet and on Jan. 7 at the Cameron Tourney. Tyler Consolidated will host their next home meet on Jan. 11 when Cameron and St. Marys will come to Tyler County.