Local Wrestlers Perform Well
Tyler Consolidated held its annual Larry Ritchie Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15 with Paden City picking up several wins on the day. Senior Wildcat wrestler and football player Mike Shreves had an outstanding meet on Saturday as he came away with five wins and one loss in the 152 pound weight class. Shreves won all of his matches and advanced to the title match where he fell to Dylan Knight of Doddridge County by pin in a hard fought battle.
His first match of the day saw him get a win over Doddridge County’s Brody Byrd, in a match that was stopped several times for injury checks to both wrestlers. Shreves, who landed on his head during a takedown of his opponent and appeared to be unable to finish, came back and pinned Byrd, who was also injured.
Shreves got a big win over Linsly’s Gunner Kernik in round two with a pin; he then pinned Wheeling Central’s Shannon Looney, by fall, in round three. Round four saw Shreves pin Magnolia’s Trenton Mitchell, who he again defeated in the championship round with a fall at the 1:10 mark. Shreves advanced to the title match where he came up short against Knight.
“Mike Shreves had a great tournament; he fought through some adversity and pushed his pain and injury aside to pick up five wins on the day. We’re disappointed for him that he lost the title, but he put on quite the show. I’m proud of the other wrestlers today as well; they all worked hard, and we got several individual wins. We’re getting better with each outting,” Coach Michael Owens said.
In the 113 pound weight class, Wildcat freshman Jasup Spragg lost his first match by fall to River’s Christopher Heavener in round one. However, Spragg came back in round four to take down Tyler Consolidated’s Steven Judge.
In round five, Jeremy Darnold of Ritchie County got a pin over Spragg, and Nate Coot from Steubenville Central also got a fall win over Spragg. Spragg finished fourth overall in his class.
In the championship round one, Travis Carr of Magnolia got a pin over Paden City’s Alan Jones in the 120 pound weight class. Carr also got the best of Jones in a round one match by fall. In a round two match, Christian Polka got a fall victory over Jones and Caleb Lloyd of Doddridge County took Jones by fall in a round four matchup.
Senior Alex McCoy got a first round win over Felipe Garcia of Linsly by fall in the 160 pound weight class. In round two, he dropped a match by fall to Brent Robinson of Clarksburg Notre Dame and fell in round three to Tyler Consolidated’s Draven Nichols.
Paden City’s Jack Bolen lost a first round matchup with Magnolia’s Carter Pyles by fall. Bolen had a bye in round two and then dropped a match to Frank Baker of Fort Frye in a round three match by fall.
The Wildcats got another good performance from James Beaver in the 180 pound weight class. Beaver took his round one first match against Jacob Klug, of Shadyside, by fall. In his round two match he got another fall victory as he pinned Gage Bidwell, of Magnolia. In a third round match Beaver again showed his wrestling strength as he won by fall over Steubenville Central’s Michael Herman.
With his wins, Beaver moved into the championship round where he won his first match by fall over Bidwell of Magnolia. Beaver then lost his first match of the day and moved into the third place championship bout where he finished his day with a loss to Ritchie County’s Rory Bunner. Beaver finished 4-2 on the day and made it to the medal stand.
“We are very happy for James Beaver; he has really helped our program and gives 100 percent everytime he hits the mat. He’s a tough guy to wrestle and knows a lot about the sport. We’re glad to have him at Paden City,” said Coach Owens.
Ryan Cross dropped his first bout in round one to Chance Knight, of Linsly, by fall. Cross then lost his second round match with Jason LaAsmar of Clarksburg Notre Dame; he picked up a huge third round win by fall over DJ Wetherell of Steubenville Central Catholic. Cross didn’t make the championship round, but he had a good day and came away with a win in the 220 pound weight class.
The Wildcats, in just their second year of having a wrestling program, are starting to open some eyes under the coaching of Mike Owens and Assistant Mike Shreves.
“These kids are building the program for future years. They started with nothing and are working their way up to building a solid program with support from the community and high school administration,” Coach Owens said.
Tyler Consolidated got a second place finish from Danny McCune in the 106 pound weight class. Cody Hunter finished second overall in the 145 pound weight class.Draven Nichols got fourth in the 160 pound weight class, and Billy Anderson finished third in the 285 pound heavyweight class.
Steven Judge picked up one win on a forfeit and fell in four others in the 113 weight class. Austin Timmons got a win in the 138 pound class while losing two. Cody Hunter got his second place medal by winning three and losing one in the 145 pound weight class.
Draven Nichols, who finished fourth overall, won two and dropped two on the day in the 160 pound class. Jacob Sharp got one win and two losses in the 170 pound class. Chance Johnson lost four bouts and won one over Doddridge in the 195 pound class. Billy Anderson, the four-year senior, finished with three wins and one loss in the meet for third overall.
Chad Snider, meet director for the Larry Ritchie Tournament, said “I want to give a special thanks to Trey Keys, Abbey Kemp, and Avery Kemp for their efforts behind the scenes at the tournament. Also, a special mention to the Emily Deaton, Ashley Mason, and the Triple Threat Youth Team that stepped up to help out. I am confident that all who helped will have probably made the “nice list.”
He added, “There were many others that helped run tables, run the numbers, and run the bout sheets to keep everything moving along. I realize it is a busy time of year, and there are plenty of other things you could be doing, but I just want to let you all know that your efforts are appreciated from the Tyler County Wrestling Family!”