Edison wrestlers continue Wood County domination
PARKERSBURG — Edison head coach Tammy Koreski’s grapplers had eight top of the podium finishes here Wednesday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse during the 58th annual Wood County Middle School championship as the Eagles bested the field for the seventh consecutive year with a convincing 324 to 230.5 triumph versus runner-up Blennerhassett.
Eagle 123-pounder Gage Wright capped his career just like most all of his other matches, needing just 45 seconds to get a mat slapper on Pleasants County’s Peyton Girard. Wright, who was named the Wrestler of the Year for the second straight winter, ended his career not only as the 30th three-time county champ, but also with a 135-0 record to go along with 128 pins.
Wright’s 102-pound teammate, Brady Roberts, ended the evening with a 6-2 decision against Ritchie County’s Kodi Camp. Roberts, who was honored as the Outstanding Wrestler, also won his third career county title.
A trio of wrestlers were going for a second career Wood County title and two of those happened to be from Edison. Eagle 95-pounder Nathan Ford got his via fall against Williamstown’s Ki Eades, who lasted 38 seconds. Trenton Jones won via a 16-1 technical fall against Jackson 128-pounder Nick Malm.
Hamilton 145-pound top seed Mason Merrifield led Blennerhassett No. 2 seed Tyler Hall, 7-4, with less than a minute to go, but Hall rallied for his second career title and scored an 8-7 decision. After closing to within 7-5 on a technical violation, he got an escape and then the winning takedown with 17 seconds remaining.
Coach Koreski’s other four victors came from 155-pounder Aydan Morris, 171-pounder Javon Young, 78-pounder Matthew Gibson and 84-pounder Brent Bosley, who pinned Wirt County’s Ashton Eshlager in 4:09. Morris also won via fall, using 40 seconds to take care of Cody Houser of Pleasants County. While Gibson registered a decisive 18-6 major decision against Ripley’s Dylan Anderson, Young’s title was a little more challenging. Blennerhassett’s Merul Lanham trailed 8-2 entering the third, but the Bobcat went to work and tied the match at eight-all thanks to a takedown and twice getting two sets of near fall points. However, Young’s reversal with six ticks remaining proved to be the difference.
Blennerhassett 190-pound No. 1 seed Josiah Lipscomb and Bobcat heavyweight teammate Demetrius Gearheart denied the Eagles of potentially two more titles. Lipscomb got a takedown seven seconds into his match against Eagle Brady Leisure and won via fall in 1:36. Although Gearheart trailed 6-5 entering the third, he took the lead for good following an escape and takedown. His final takedown with 13 seconds to go made it 10-7 and he finished with a 10-8 triumph after allowing a late escape.
Ravenswood 116-pounder Robert Shockey looked to be in good shape up 8-3 with 39 seconds remaining against Edison’s Hunter Anthony. The Eagle, though, cut it to 8-4 following a stall point, and made it 8-5 after an escape with 22 ticks to go. Despite throwing Shockey for a takedown to slice it to 8-7 with eight seconds left, the Red Devil held on for the one point decision.
Wirt County head man Ed Powell, who was named the Buddy James Coach of the Year, watched 110-pounder Cole Wager start the finals off with a win. The White Tiger took the lead for good at 4-2 via a second period reversal and registered an 8-2 decision.
Ripley, which had 87.5 points to finish behind third-place Wirt County (141.5) and fourth-place Pleasants County (90) in the team race, had a pair of champions. Wyatt Simons earned his 100th career win following a 19-4 technical fall against Bobcat 90-pounder Ryan Martin. Viking 135-pound teammate Hunter Brown, who also registered his 100th career win, needed double-overtime to hold off Nate Decker of Pleasants County, 2-1. After neither grappler scored in the first 60-second overtime, Brown managed an escape with five seconds left in his 30-second portion of OT and then held Decker down in the final 30 seconds to secure his championship.
Blennerhassett head coach Bill Smith’s team, which last won it all in 2012, finished runner-up for the seventh consecutive winter.
Also, Greg Modesitt was selected as the Dr. Jim Mendenhall Official of the Year.
Results from the 58th annual Wood County Middle School
Wrestling Championships at PHS’ Memorial Fieldhouse
TEAM SCORES: Edison 324, Blennerhassett 230.5, Wirt County 141.5, Pleasants County 90, Ripley 87.5, Spencer 70, Ravenswood 64, Jackson 63, Ritchie County 52.5, Williamstown 47, Hamilton 32, VanDevender 25
110: Cole Wager (Wirt) d. Jack Atkinson (ED), 8-2
116: Robert Shockey (RW) d. Hunter Anthony (ED), 8-7
123:*Gage Wright (ED) p. Peyton Girard (PC), 0:45
128: Trenton Jones (ED) tf. Nick Malm (J), 16-1
135: Hunter Brown (Rip) d. Nate Decker (PC), 2-1 (2 OT)
145: Tyler Hall (BL) d. Mason Merrifield (H), 8-7
155: Aydan Morris (ED) p. Cody Houser (PC), 0:40
171: Javon Young (ED) d. Merul Lanham (BL), 10-8
190: Josiah Lipscomb (BL) p. Brady Leisure (ED), 1:36
285: Demetrius Gearheart (BL) d. Dalton Veon (ED), 10-8
78: Matthew Gibson (ED) md. Dylan Anderson (Rip), 18-6
84: Brent Bosley (ED) p. Ashton Eshlager (Wirt), 4:09
90: Wyatt Simons (Rip) tf. Ryan Martin (BL), 19-4
95: Nathan Ford (ED) p. Ki Eades (Wtown), 0:38
102: *Brady Roberts (ED) d. Kodi Camp (RC), 6-2
* Denotes three-time county champ
78: Cyler Marks (J) d. Cylas Gilchrist (BL), 7-2
84: Noah Dulaney (BL) p. John Wilkinson (H) 0:51
90: Parker Field (ED) p. Drake Jewell (RC), 0:33
95: Luke Matson (Rip) d. Wyatt Milhoan (RW), 6-0
102: Trenton Bush (RW) d. Ike Fordyce (BL), 7-4
110: Lane Watson (SP) d. Makiya Powell (BL), 4-0
116: Kyle Wheeler (BL) d. Channing Lowe (Wirt), 4-1
123: Connor Kelley (SP) d. Randy Harris (Wirt), 7-4
128: Harley Wyman (Wirt) p. Braden McConnell (BL), 1:44
135: Brayden Hamilton (BL) md. Javion Gay (ED), 9-1
145: Jackson Lovell (ED) p. Owan Velazquez (PC), 3:22
155: Christian Roberts (BL) p. Willis Starcher (V), 0:20
171: Logan Boley (PC) p. Brooke Cross (Wirt), 1:44
285: Jordan Roberts (SP) p. Brian Phelps (RW), 0:38
Dr. Jim Mendenhall Official of the Year: Greg Modesitt
Buddy James Coach of the Year: Ed Powell (Wirt)
Wrestler of the Year: Gage Wright (Edison)
Outstanding Wrestler: Brady Roberts (Edison)
Notes: Edison head coach Tammy Koreski’s Eagles won their seventh straight county title. Ripley’s Wyatt Simons (90) and Hunter Brown (135) each recorded their 100th career win following their respective championship victories. Wright was the 30th and Roberts the 31st to win three county crowns.