South Patriot wrestlers dominate quad
PARKERSBURG — Top-ranked Parkersburg South heavyweight Louden Haga had the difficult task of raising his hand three times for wins by forfeit during Tuesday’s quad at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
The defending Class AAA state champion Patriots of second-year head coach Shaun Smith went 3-0 thanks to wins against Ripley (46-18), Brooke (56-15) and St. Albans (54-21). Head coach Matt Smith’s Vikings won their other two matches by scores of 42-30 versus St. Albans and 61-12 against Brooke. The Bruins were also upended by the Red Dragons, 46-24.
Parkersburg South, which returns to action this weekend at the Winner’s Choice in Fairmont, failed to fill a complete lineup as the Patriots had to forfeit both 145 and 152. However, that didn’t stop the home team from dominating the quad.
Defending 195-pound state champion Justin Allman, who isn’t yet ranked but just made his debut last weekend at the West Virginia Duals, registered an 11-3 major decision against top-ranked Anthony Jarvis of Ripley.
The Vikings pulled a rankings upset when No. 6 Hunter Burdette doubled up second-ranked Patriot Mikey Shamblin, 4-2, at 132.
PSHS top-ranked 170-pounder T.J. Lambiotte, who led 5-0 entering the third, held on for an 8-6 victory against No. 2 Chase Morgan of Ripley. Viking 182-pounder Chance Morgan, who is ranked fourth, put up a solid fight but fell by the same score to top-ranked 182-pound Patriot Hunter DeLong.
In a three versus four showdown, Viking B.J. Haynes recorded an escape as well as a takedown in the second period en route to handing fourth-rated Patriot Garret Wolfe an 8-2 setback at 220. Patriot Ian Irizarry (ranked third) dispatched Ripley’s Josh Sinclair (ranked fifth) in a 113-pound showdown, 9-4.
Defending 120-pound state champion Josh Humphreys of St. Albans needed just 42 seconds to pin Ripley’s Jacob Starkey. The Viking entered the match ranked second while Humphrey’s is expected to win the Class AAA crown at 145.
Red Dragon 106-pounder Brandon Holt, who was ranked second by the coaches, trailed top-ranked Tucker Windland of Parkersburg South 1-0 until the final six seconds of the match. That’s when the St. Albans grappler got a reversal to win 2-1.
Late last month at the Wheeling Park duals, Brooke’s Alex Edgell nipped Haynes, 5-4. In the rematch Tuesday night, the Viking held off his Bruin opponent for a 3-1 triumph, but Haynes had to fend off a shot by Edgell in the last 10 seconds where he was able to grab a leg. Edgell, who needed a takedown with 10 seconds remaining to defeat Wolfe 3-2, came into the match ranked second.