Wrestlers compete at OVAC
The 58th Annual Ron Mauck Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships were held at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Friday and Saturday with 40 teams participating, including Tyler Consolidated.
The Parkersburg South Patriots took the team championship, as well as the Class AAAA title at the meet with 283 total points. Overall, University placed second overall, followed by Steubenville, Oak Glen, Wheeling Park and John Marshall, in order. The Knights acquired 13 team points at the tournament.
Wrestling at 119, Consolidated’s John Brosky took the fall in his first match of the day in 3:26 to eighth seeded Indian Creek wrestler, Logan Pfouts. Brosky got the win over Cody Alford of Edison but fell to Maury Gamble of Buckeye to end his tournament.
Joe Henthorn, 125, was decisioned 4-0 by Edison Local’s Kaleb Riggle in his first match and fell to Toronto’s Jimmy Starkey for his second loss.
At 140, Nate Bolin fell to Cambridge’s Dillon Blake and then to Mike Wear of Martins Ferry in 3:41.
Einar Mellem, 145, fell to Barnsville’s Johnny Singleton and then to Buckeye Local’s Okey Howard.
Senior Calvin McCune, wrestling at 152, had a bye in the first round and then was major decisioned 11-3 by Monroe Central’s Zac Potts. McCune then pinned Toronto’s Alex Sousa for the win but fell to Ryan Vojvodich of Steubenville to end his tournament.
At 160, Fredrick Krause fell to Weir’s Eric Piatt in 2:48 in his first match. Krause took the win over St. John’s Kollin Melko in 1:38, and then fell to Monroe Central’s Randy Stumbo.
Dustin Tawney, 171, had a bye in the first round of wrestling, but met up with University’s Nate Constante next, where he took the fall in 49 seconds. Tawney was then pinned by Conotton Valley’s Jacob Patrick.
Adam Cross, 215, took the fall at the hands of Madonna’s Quintin Hukill in 3:14 in his first match and then pinned Wheeling Central’s Ian Iuliucci in 4:53. Cross then fell to Parkersburg’s Matt Somerville in 1:42.
Wrestling at 285, the Knights’ Braxtin Brown fell to Barnsville’s Shane Rominger in 1:17 and to Martins Ferry’s Elliot Albert in the same time frame.
Saying it was a rough tournament, head coach of the Knights, Chad Snider is in hopes that his team picked up some valuable experience at the huge tournament.
On Feb. 12 the team will travel to Grafton to participate in the Grafton Tournament.