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South wrestlers don’t lose a single point in home quad

Patriot matmen record three scores of 81-0

Hurricane 220-pounder Payton Lunsford braces himself as Parkersburg South’s Braxton Amos throws him to the mat during Tuesday’s quad at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Amos won via a 20-5 technical fall.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett

Hurricane 220-pounder Payton Lunsford braces himself as Parkersburg South’s Braxton Amos throws him to the mat during Tuesday’s quad at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Amos won via a 20-5 technical fall. Photo by Jay W. Bennett

PARKERSBURG — If 81-0 wasn’t good enough the first time for Parkersburg South wrestling fans, the Patriot faithful got that exact same score twice more here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as head coach Shaun Smith’s squad dominated a home quadrangular.

The defending Class AAA state champions registered nine pins versus Hurricane, 10 against Woodrow Wilson and six more during the Riverside match.

Patriots Gavin Quiocho (138), Jarritt Flinn (145) and 170-pounder Wyatt Linder had a trio of mat slappers apiece.

“I don’t think so,” Smith replied when asked if he’s ever been part of a quad quite like that before. “But, it’s awesome because I appreciate these teams coming. They are getting some good matches and there were some matches with us.

“There’s no denying we dominated, but at the same time we can’t be sloppy and I think, especially that first match, we were sloppy.”

PSHS 132-pounder Ian Irizarry, who was filling in for defending 126-pound state champion Luke Martin, pinned Hurricane’s Brady Martin in 2:31 in his first match and also picked up a pair of forfeits.

Patriot defending 132-pound state champion Mikey Shamblin wasn’t in the lineup and the coach admitted “he’s banged up and he’s going to be out for a while.”

Sophomore Braxton Amos, who missed last year with a knee injury, finally made his ROAC debut and he didn’t disappoint. After scoring a 20-5 technical fall against Redskin Payton Lunsford, he pinned Woodrow Wilson’s Ryan Williams and then received a forfeit against the Warriors.

The top four in coach Smith’s lineup — 106-pounder Devin Easton, 113-pounder Brayden Johnson, 120-pounder Tucker Windland and 126-pounder Brayden Roberts had two pins and a forfeit apiece as did 182-pounder Drew Dunbar.

Transfer Josh Humphreys, a three-time state champion who is competing at 152, had his hand raised three times, but his only match came against Woodrow Wilson’s Zach Weaver, who was pinned in 45 seconds.

Patriot heavyweight Louden Haga had a chance to give the hosts a perfect 84-0 score in the final match against Riverside, but Warrior Austin Chapman was having nothing of that. Chapman, though, was unable to score against his Patriot opponent as Haga used an escape in the second period for the only point of the match.

The other top match against the Patriots came thanks to Flying Eagle 195-pounder Tyree Swafford, who placed fourth last year at the state tournament as a heavyweight. Patriot Dalton Fullerton led 2-0 going into the third period thanks to a stall point and an escape. However, Swafford used a reversal in the third to tie it, but came up short when Fullerton escaped with eight seconds remaining.

South 160-pounder Zane Hinzman also went 3-0 thanks to a major decision, a pin and a forfeit.

Hurricane won its other two matches, besting Riverside 54-24 and Woodrow Wilson 54-30. The Flying Eagles defeated Riverside, 51-19.

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