WILLIAMSTOWN - Calhoun County's Cole Ritchie was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, Williamstown's Dalton George became a four-time champion and Independence captured the team crown here Saturday evening at the 13th annual Bob Zide Rumble.
In one of the most anticipated matches, Ritchie (40-5) got an escape with 12 seconds left in the third overtime to win his 145-pound title against Independence rival Cody Clifton (42-2) via a 2-1 decision.
"I felt all right coming down here and I knew what I had to do," said Ritchie, who noted his keys the rest of the year are to "stay on offense, don't stop, keep working on my feet mostly and staying in shape for close matches like that.
Photos by Jay W. Bennett
Williamstown 195-pounder David Hastings, right, earned a 5-4 decision against St. Marys’ Jeremy Pratt on Saturday in the finals at the Bob Zide Rumble.
Calhoun County’s Cole Ritchie, top, needed an overtime escape to knock off Independence’s Cody Clifton, 2-1, to win the 145-pound championship.
"I beat him the first time by one point and he beat me the second time by two points. I get nervous before the match, but in the match I don't get too nervous. I just knew (in overtime) I had to get up."
A quick single leg shot by the senior George late in the opening period was all he needed to win his 132-pound crown against Independence's Jacob Hart during a 3-1 decision.
"It's a great feeling, you know," said the Class AA/A two-time state champion George. "Winning anything four times is big.
13th annual Bob Zide
Rumble at Williamstown
Team scores: Independence 181.5, Calhoun County 144.5, Herbert Hoover 114.5, Williamstown 102.5, St. Marys 80, East Fairmont 79, Wirt County 61, Bridgeport 59.5, Sissonville 55.5, Preston 43.5, Spring Mills 37, Ravenswood 34, Doddridge County 17, Independence JV 15, Calhoun County JV 8, Williamstown JV 6, Wirt County JV 5, South Harrison 4, St. Marys JV 2
106: Allen Metheney (Calhoun) d. Chase Stover (Hoover) 4-1
113: Ryan Keckley (Sissonville) d. Teddy Stover (Indy) 4-2 (OT)
120: Will Cox (Indy) d. Houstin McCune (Calhoun) 8-7
126: Demetreus Jalepes (Spring Mills) p. Austin Moss (Sissonville) 0:54
132: Dalton George (Wtown) d. Jacob Hart (Indy) 3-1
138: Colton Ward (Indy) d. Dalton Michael (EF) 6-2
145: Cole Ritchie (Calhoun) d. Cody Clifton (Indy) 2-1 (3 OT)
152: Hayden Stewart (EF) d. Noah Adams (Indy) 6-4
160: Dustin Justice (Indy) d. Seth Moore (Calhoun) 3-2
170: Alex Daniels (Indy) d. Cole Boatright (Calhoun) 7-1
182: Thomas Williams (Indy) d. Walker Siers (Wirt) 4-3
195: David Hastings (Wtown) d. Jeremy Pratt (SM) 5-4
220: Terrance Fanning (Preston) md. Zane Weese (Hoover) 10-2
285: Peyton Carey (Hoover) d. Noah Markley (Bport) 3-1
106: Hunter Riffle (Doddridge) d. Cody Marks (Wirt) 2-0
113: Tristan Duley (Hoover) p. Devan McKown (Calhoun) 1:39
120: Brye Mullenix (Wtown) d. Jon Garnes (Sissonville) 6-3
126: Dalton Smith (Wtown) d. Collin Stover (Hoover) 7-6
132: Jakob Cooper (Indy 'B') d. Johnny Taylor (Calhoun) 7-6
138: Casey Ritchie (Calhoun) d. Cody Ferguson (Wirt) 3-2
145: Tyler Cottrell (Preston) d. Austin Raines (Wtown) 2-1
152: Alex Goff (Hoover) md. David Overbay (Calhoun) 15-2
160: Matt Hopewood (EF) d. Brett Fetty (SM) 11-4
170: Mikey Houser (SM) md. Clay Pierce (Spring Mills) 13-3
182: Anthony Herring (SM) p. Patrick Berry (Rwood) 2:46
195: Corey Wratchford (Rwod) p. Christian Bird (Hoover) 1st
220: Dylan Pickrell (Wirt) d. Corey Stewart (SM) 4-1
285: Jake Seckman (Wtown) d. Shawn Willey (EF) 3-0
Notes: Calhoun County 145-pounder Cole Ritchie was selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler; Williamstown's Dalton George became a four-time Bob Zide Rumble champion.
Tri Valley Conference
Team scores: Athens 226, Belpre 166, Vinton County 149, Waterford 63, Alexander 49, Wahama 48, Nelsonville-York 46, Meigs 35, Trimble 22, Wellston 22
113: Gavin Stalnaker 1st, d. Chase Thomson (Alexander), 13-8 in title match
120: Zachary Davis 3rd, major d. James Wallace (Alexander) 11-2 in consolation final
138: Manney Tullius 1st, d. Andy Vu (Athens), 4-2 in title match
145: Ethan Wiggers 3rd, p. Weston Wagner (Waterford), 2:35 in consolation final
152: Kole Counts (Belpre) 4th, lost 6-2 d. to Wyatt Parsley (Vinton County) in consolation final
170: Jake Hall 4th, lost by pin 0:48 to Austin Roseman (Athens) in consolation final
182: Jamie Barrett 2nd, lost 6-2 d. to Dallas Lazear (Athens) in title match
195: Alex Gainer 3rd, p. Bobbi Hill (Vinton County) 4: 00 in consolation final
220: Hayden Lowe 1st, p. Dylan Neece (Meigs), 0:39 in title match
285: Dakota McDaniel 3rd, p. Christian Phillips (Athens) 2:03 in consolation final
126: Dalton Bell 4th, lost pin 1:48 to Jacob Bennett (Wahama) in consolation final
145: Weston Wagner 4th, lost pin 2:35 to Ethan Wiggers (Belpre) in consolation final
152: Cylus Reynolds 2nd, lost pin 0:29 to Paul Pook (Athens) in title match
182: Blake Heiss 4th, lost d. 5-1 to Alex Bunnell (Vinton County)
"Really, this is all just preparation for the state tournament and trying to get ready and win another title."
Williamstown, which finished fourth with 102.5 points behind Independence (181.5), Calhoun County (144.5) and Herbert Hoover (114.5), also got a title by 195-pounder David Hastings, who nipped St. Marys' Jeremy Pratt, 5-4.
"They've got some good kids," WHS head coach Ryan Scott said of Independence, which went 5-4 in finals matches. "We wrestled real well. We had kids who haven't had much success this year place.
"Jake Seckman (heavyweight) came out and got third and (Austin) Raines (fourth at 145) is a pretty good wrestler, but he hasn't placed very many places because he's been in a tough weight class."
Three finals matches pitted the state's best wrestlers against one another. No. 2 Will Cox of Independence got a takedown with 45 seconds left in the third period to earn an 8-7 decision against top-ranked 120-pounder Houstin McCune of Calhoun County. East Fairmont's Hayden Stewart (No. 1) led 4-0 early and then used escapes in the final two periods to top No. 2 Noah Adams of IHS, 6-4, at 152. Expected Class AAA state champion Terrance Fanning improved to 31-0 following his 10-2 major decision against expected Class AA/A state champion Zane Weese of Herbert Hoover.
The only other area champion was Calhoun County 106-pounder Allen Metheny, who controlled Herbert Hoover's Chase Stover in a 4-1 win.
Aside from Ritchie/Clifton, the only other battle which went into an extra session came at 113. That's where Sissonville's Ryan Keckley registered a takedown 13 seconds into sudden-death overtime as he doubled up Teddy Stover of IHS, 4-2.
Spring Mills made the long trek to Williamstown and was rewarded with a title when 126-pounder Demetreus Jalepes got a mat slapper on Sissonville's Austin Moss in 54 seconds for the only pin in the finals.
Herbert Hoover heavyweight Peyton Carey, ranked ninth, managed to keep his feet in bounds with two seconds left in the match against fourth-ranked Noah Markley of Bridgeport for a 3-1 victory.
Independence also had finals wins from Colton Ward at 138, Dustin Justice at 160, Alex Daniels at 170 and Thomas Williams at 182. Williams edged Wirt County's Walker Siers, 4-3; Justice nipped Calhoun County's Seth Moore, 3-2; Ward turned back East Fairmont's Dalton Michael, 6-2 and Daniels trumped Calhoun County's Cole Boatright, 7-1.