WHEELING - Parkersburg South returned to the top of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference as the Patriots easily captured the 61st annual Ron Mauck wrestling team championship Saturday night inside WesBanco Arena.
In fact, the Patriots had the crown sealed before the final round even started. Entering Saturday evening, the Patriots led defending tournament champion Steubenville 239.5 to 192 and had mathematically clinched.
History was made by two Parkersburg South freshmen - 145-pounder Hunter DeLong and 182-pounder Justin Allman. DeLong, the No. 5 seed, decisioned second-seeded Bailey Jenkins of Meadowbrook 6-1 to win his weight class. Allman, who entered as the No. 3 seed, dealt expected champion Mitchell Wells of Edison a 6-2 setback in the finals. DeLong and Allman are the first ninth-graders in PSHS history to claim OVAC individual crowns.
Parkersburg South’s Hunter DeLong (145), left, and fellow freshman teammate Justin Allman (182) became the first two ninth-grade wrestlers in Patriot history to win Ohio Valley Athletic Conference individual championships. Parkersburg South also won the team title at the 61st annual Ron Mauck OVAC championships on Saturday in Wheeling.
Parkersburg South, despite not having a 113-pounder, got a strong effort throughout the lineup to secure the team title. Two Patriots - Hunter Cline at 106 and Tyler Newhart at 195 - weren't even seeded, but came through with impressive efforts. Newhart fought back through the consolation rounds and grabbed third while Cline took fourth.
Newhart was joined in third place by fellow Patriot teammates Colten Nangle (120), Austin Harris (126), Dylan Alexander (152) and Matthew Dixon (170). Nangle was seeded eighth.
No. 7 seed T.J. Lambiotte finished fourth at 132 for the Patriots and heavyweight Thomas Hall, the top seed, was also fourth.
61st annual Ron Mauck Ohio Valley
Athletic Conference Championships
Top 10 team scores (entering final round): Parkersburg South 239.5, Steubenville 192, Wheeling Park 181.5, Oak Glen 131, Beaver Local 129, University 114, Cambridge 107.5, Steubenville Central Catholic 96, East Liverpool 87, Caldwell 83.5
Parkersburg South Patriot Results
106: NS Hunter Cline, fourth place
120: #8 Colten Nangle, third place
126: #5 Austin Harris, third place
132: #7 T.J. Lambiotte, fourth place
138: #6 Tyler Windland, seventh place
145: #5 Hunter DeLong d. #2 Bailey Jenkins (Meadowbrook) 6-1, champion
152: #4 Dylan Alexander, third place
160: #5 Damon Gandee, fifth place
170: #5 Matthew Dixon, third place
182: #3 Justin Allman d. #1 Mitchell Wells (Edison) 6-2, champion
195: NS Tyler Newhart, third place
220: #7 Logan Dilliner, fifth place
285: #1 Thomas Hall, fourth place
Winner's Choice at Fairmont Armory
Team scores: 1st Parkersburg 226.5, 2nd Point Pleasant 165.5
Big Red Results
106: Jared Donahue 4-0, champion
113: Austin Spears 4-1, third place
120: Joey Butcher 2-2
126: Noah Farnsworth 3-3, eighth place
132: Nick Johnson 4-3, sixth place
138: Gage Graham 5-3, sixth place
145: Dyan Richards 3-1, runner-up
152: Trapper Hays 4-0, champion
160: Codie Barrows 4-1, runner-up
170: Drew Murphy 4-2, fifth place
182: Shawn Graham 4-3, sixth place
195: Max Chefren 3-2, fourth place
285: Charley Conley 2-3, eighth place
NOTE: PHS junior 152-pounder Trapper Hays was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Next match: Parkersburg at Wheeling Park (dual) noon Saturday.
Wahama Pool Tournament
Parkersburg South JV Results
Team scores: Patriots finished runner-up
120: Jacob Roberts (runner-up)
126: Tristin Radcliff (third)
132: Ryan Taylor (third)
145: Sloan McConnell (third)
152: Nick McCutcheon (champion)
160: Danny Cotton (runner-up)
170: Sam Atkinson (champion)
Amanda Clearcreek Invitational
Team scores: Amanda Clearcrreek 355, Utica 247, Belpre 210, nmorwalk 183, Logan Elm 177, Southewastern 167, John Glenn 156, Paint Valley 137, Liberty Union 122, Dublun Coffman B 75, Pickerington North B 72, Columbus Academy 55, Alexander 50, Zane Trace 47, New Lexington B 44, Briggs Academy 6
113: Gavin Stanaker 4-0, 1st
120: Zach Davis 4-1 5th
138: Manney Tullius 5-0, 1st
145: Daniel Law 3-0, injury default, 4th
152: Ethan Wiggers 1-2
160: Matthew Colvin 4-1, 2nd
170: Shane Whealdon 1-3, 8th
182: Alex Gainer 2-2, 7th
195: Jamie Barrett 1-2, 7th
220: Dakota McDaniel 2-2, 4th
285: Hayden Lowe 3-2, 4th
Next match: Belpre in Ohio Duals at Belpre on Wednesday
Parkersburg South also got top-eight placement efforts from Damon Gandee (fifth at 160), Logan Dilliner (fifth at 220) and 138-pounder Tyler Windland, who was seventh.
FAIRMONT - The Parkersburg wrestling team put on a dominating two-day performance at the Winner's Choice and walked away as team champions, scoring 226.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Point Pleasant (165.5).
PHS 152-pounder Trapper Hays capped his 4-0 weekend in style by handing two-time Ripley state champion Jake Martin a 2-0 setback in the finals. The two grapplers went scoreless into the one-minute sudden-death overtime and Hays, who was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, secured a takedown for the victory.
"It was pretty intense," said PHS head mat coach Chris Way, who also watched 106-pounder Jared Donahue go 4-0 and win an individual crown.
Dylan Richards (145) and Codie Barrows (160) were the only Big Reds to recorded runner-up finishes.
The red and white also received a third place effort from Austin Spears (113), a fourth place from 195-pounder Max Chefren, fifth place from Drew Murphy at 170, a trio of sixth places by Nick Johnson (132), Gage Graham (138) and Shawn Graham (182) as well as two eighth place finishes by 126-pounder Noah Farnsworth and heavyweight Charley Conley.
"Overall, we wrestled pretty solid. It was a good team effort," added Way, whose squad wrestles a dual at noon Saturday at Wheeling Park with regional seeding implications.
"We won a lot of matches in the consolations and got team points and places there."