Hosts finish runner-up for second straight year

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg South 145-pounder Brayden Roberts registered a first period pin against Mason’s Nate D’Agostino to earn his 100th career win during the championship match of the second annual Parkersburg South Classic held Saturday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

PARKERSBURG — Despite not having a 138-pounder and losing a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct, the Mason Comets still managed to emerge as the champions of the second annual Parkersburg South Classic here Saturday afternoon inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the host Patriots came up just short in the title match, 35-33.

The victory by the Comets put a damper on Patriot 145-pounder Brayden Roberts’ 100th career win. The junior actually reached the century mark when he opened the championship dual with a 41-second pin of Nate D’Agostino.

“It’s always nice to get that monumental win at home. It makes it a lot more special,” said PSHS head coach Shaun Smith, whose club returns to action Friday at the Virginia Duals.

Mason’s Chris Donathan, who was ranked sixth at 145 by FloWrestling, competed at 152 and trailed 3-2 in the opening period versus Mikey Shamblin before getting a reversal to lead 4-3 after one en route to an 11-6 decision.

The Patriots jumped ahead 12-3 after 160-pounder Zane Hinzman pinned Elric Nijakowski with 10 seconds remaining in the first period.

Mason came right back with wins in the next two matches to go ahead 13-12. Kamal Adewumi needed 3:07 to pin Wyatt Linder at 170 and Comet teammate Owen Amburgy earned a 14-4 major decision versus Dalton Fullerton.

Despite Noah Buckalew fighting until the end, the Patriot came up just short in his 195-pound match versus Jack Doran, who held on for a 9-7 win and a 16-12 lead.

PSHS didn’t trail for long thanks to back-to-back mat slappers from 220-pounder Braxton Amos and heavyweight Louden Haga. Comet Jake Arengo managed to last 41 seconds against the two-time Ironman champ Amos, but Haga flattened Marwan Sayed in just 18 seconds.

Samantha Miller lost via fall at 106 to Mason’s Noah Lippeatt in 1:33 while 113-pound teammate Pacey Najdusak followed suit with a pin of his own, needing only 32 ticks of the clock to take care of Devin Easton, which made the score 27-24 in favor of the Comets following the loss of the team point.

Dominic DiTullio recorded the first takedown and registered a 5-1 victory against Patriot 120-pounder Brayden Johnson, but Tucker Windland followed with a win at 126 to keep PSHS within three at 30-27. Windland used a takedown in the first period and then a reversal in the second to go up 4-0. He won via a 6-1 decision.

Parkersburg South freshman 132-pounder Jude Childers couldn’t get much going versus Comet Sam Glassco, who registered an 18-2 technical fall, and Patriot 138-pounder Gavin Quiocho ended the match by having his hand raised for a forfeit.

“I mean, we wrestled alright I guess today,” coach Smith added. “Definitely not our best day, especially the last match wasn’t our best match. We had too many guys getting put on their back and that can’t happen.

“A dual of that magnitude against a really good team, you’ve got to do everything you can not to get put on your back and give up six.”

Barberton won the consolation match via criteria ‘C’ in what was a 36-36 dual versus Indian Valley.

Hamilton Ross, which saw 182-pounder Logan Iams record his 100th career win in the tournament, rolled to a 63-15 victory versus Woodrow Wilson for fifth place.

In the seventh-place match, Science Hill bested Spring Mills, 57-22, while Riverside placed ninth after winning on criteria ‘D’ versus the reserves squad. It also was a 36-all score.