Bridgeport wins Zide Rumble

Host Yellowjackets finish in fourth

Photo by Josh Hughes Williamstown’s 170-pound wrestler Caleb Stansberry grapples with Weir’s Nick D’amico during their round-robin match of the Bob Zide Rumble Saturday afternoon inside Williamstown High School. Stansberry won the match.

WILLIAMSTOWN –The 17th annual Bob Zide Rumble is in the books, and this year’s iteration of the event was a round-robin affair. Seven teams from around the state grappled on Saturday in front of a hyped Williamstown crowd.

When all was said and done, it was Bridgeport taking home first place in the team standings. The Indians had winners in seven different weight classes.

Highlighted by 145-pounder Aiden Gibson’s undefeated performance. Gibson recorded the most wins for his team with five.

The Williamstown Yellowjackets barely missed the podium, as they finished in fourth. All was not lost for the ‘Jackets, since they had two weight class winners on the day.

Brandon Burrell claimed victory among the 106-pounders, and Mason Deem took care of business in the 138-pound weight class. Coach Ryan Scott appreciated both their efforts and looks forward to what Saturday’s Little Kanawha Conference tournament has to hold.

“Well, Mason Deem, 138-pounder, it’s the first time he’s really wrestled in a month,” Scott said. “He’s got a little bit of rust, but it’s good to get him on the mat before we start to get in the big stuff like LKC and regionals. Bradon Burrell wrestled pretty good out their. He was losing to a kid from Weir (Tommy Wilson) there, and it was a pretty big one for him. It was the first tournament both of them have won, so it’s a really good, positive thing going into next week for the conference tournament.”

Dylan Dean won in the 122-pound weight class for the runner-up Cameron Dragons, and Ashton Nardella picked up another Bridgeport win in the 120-pound weight class. Third place Weir had two winners, Wyatt Conley at 126 and Garet Hostuttler at 152. Bladen Roush continued Bridgeport’s dominance on the day, as he won at 132. Other Bridgeports winners included: Austin Gibson at 160, Aaron Murphy at 182, Carson Demotto at 195 and Kavaugn Summers at 220.

Despite not coming out on top, the Yellowjackets must shift their attention to the upcoming conference tournament, slated for 8 a.m. at Roane County.

“If we can get healthy, I think we’ll be fine, but that remains to be seen,” coach Scott said. “Casch Sommerville got hurt today, and we’ll probably end up sitting him out next week, because getting to the state (tournament) is more important that the conference. I think we’ll wrestle hard with a week of practice. We’ll be fine. We’ll do well.”

6 p.m. Wednesday.

Results from the 17th annual

Bob Zide Rumble at Williamstown

TEAM SCORES: Bridgeport 125, Cameron 77, Weir 66, Williamstown 60, East Fairmont 57, Marietta 24, Robert C. Byrd 14

Round-Robin Placement

106: Brandon Burrell (Wtown), Tommy Wilson (Weir), Maclane Roe (Marietta), Daniel Kuhns (Weir)

113: Dylan Dean (C), Connor Konya (EF), Blade Britton (Wtown), Christian Jenkins (RCB)

120: Ashton Nardella (B), Brayden Lawton (Weir)

126: Wyatt Conley (Weir), Chance Rundle (EF), Colton Slagle (Wtown), Landen Tustin (Cameron)

132: Bladen Roush (B), Isaac Ball (C), John Coleman (Wtown)

138: Mason Deem (Wtown), Clayton Hammond (B), Joel Myers (EF),Sean Baker (Weir)

145: Aidan Gibsoon (Bport), CJ Helms (Weir), Bryce Carnes (B), Jouran Presto (C)

152: Garet Hostuttler (Weir), JT Muller (B), Dalton Carmichael (C)

160: Austin Gibson (B), Colton Dobbs (C), Julian Stoneman (Wtown), Reese Willis (Weir)

170: Ian Bush (C),Trey Hissam (EF), Josh Wjciechowicz (B), Caleb Stansberry (Wtown)

182: Aaron Murphy (B), Jonah Fowler (RCB)

195: Carson Drmotto (B), Logan McElfresh (EF)

220: Kavaughn Summers (B), Nate Gerau (EF), Kyle Keller (Marietta)

285: Hayden Hoge (C), Ehtan Prather (Marietta)