Big Reds pin John Marshall

PARKERSBURG – Everyone in attendance at Wednesday night’s wrestling match between John Marshall and host Parkersburg held inside Memorial Fieldhouse agreed it was one of the quickest duals they had been to.

Then again, with half of the weight classes resulting in forfeits – six of which went to the Big Reds – there was little wonder why.

Nonetheless, Mountain State Athletic Conference champion Parkersburg had no problems with the Monarchs during a 63-15 victory.

The most competitive matches of the evening came at 113 and 138.

In the 138-pound battle, fourth-ranked Dylan Hall of John Marshall held on for a narrow 5-4 decision against unranked Big Red Gage Graham. Hall’s first period takedown gave him the lead for good. However, Graham got an escape near the end of the first, but was then turned in the middle period and allowed three near fall points as he trailed 5-1. Although Graham managed a reversal on Hall and was awarded a stalling point in the third period, it wasn’t quite enough.

Monarch Brandon Bertrand, unranked at 113, was going against the sixth-ranked Spears and actually recorded the first takedown. Spears’ reversal tied it, but Bertrand led 3-2 heading into the second after an escape. The match was even at three going into the final period, which Bertrand started from the down position. Spears, though, was able to register three back points and emerged victorious, 7-5.

Jared Donahue’s forfeit win for PHS at 106 opened the match and put the red and white ahead for good on the scoreboard at 6-0. Fellow Big Reds Joey Butcher (120), Nick Johnson (132), Codie Barrows (170), Shawn Graham (182) and Max Chefren (195) also received forfeit victories. Monarch 220-pounder Cullen Ebbert, ranked second in the state, had the lone win by forfeit for head coach Ed West’s program.

Aside from Hall and Ebbert’s triumphs, the only other Monarch to collect a win was 126-pounder Josh Rine, who had the quickest pin of the night when he stopped Noah Farnsworth in 39 seconds.

Parkersburg, which returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday with a dual at Wheeling Park, also received first period mat slappers from Dylan Richards (145), Trapper Hays (152), Drew Murphy (160) and heavyweight Charley Conley. Hays, currently ranked second in the state, improved his record to 42-0 and is expected to square off against No. 1 Johnny Davis of WPHS.