Battle on the mat: Patriots defeat Cabell Midland, fall to University

Parkersburg South 132-pounder Ryan Martin works for a pin against Cabell Midland’s Lucas Hager during a triangular match Wednesday evening inside Rod Oldham Athletic Center. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — No. 2 University left Wednesday night’s triangular inside Rod Oldham Athletic Center with a pair of victories against No. 6 Parkersburg South (42-28) and No. 8 Cabell Midland (57-6) while the seven-time defending Class AAA Patriots also upended the Knights, 58-17.

PSHS mat boss Shaun Smith received 2-0 efforts from six different wrestlers and that included a pair of mat slappers from 152-pounder Jude Childers and 170-pounder Gage Wright, who won the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title over the weekend.

Also going 2-0 for the hosts were Brent Bosley at 120, Ryan Martin at 132, Trent Jones at 138 and 182-pounder Aydan Edwards, who used a takedown with a little more than a second left to double up University’s Hezekiah Taylor, 4-2, while also securing a reverse with 15 ticks remaining to earn a 10-9 decision versus Knight Nick Giompalo. Edwards entered the fray ranked second by wvmat.com while Giompalo was third and Taylor sixth.

“He took a couple upsets this weekend and lost some matches he shouldn’t have. It was good the way he rebounded back,” coach Smith said of Edwards.

“Those were two tough kids. That was a good thing to see, but I’d like to see a little more urgency during the match where it’s not always down to right at the end.”

Wright’s pin of Elijah Wellings-Osha in three minutes gave the Patriots a 25-24 edge versus UHS, but the Hawks got mat slappers from Brock Kehler (195), Colin McBee (220) and heavyweight Corbin Turney to secure the 14-point victory.

That trio along with Brodie Emery (106), Dane Wolfe (113), freshman OVAC champ Luca Felix (145) and Dakota Hagedorn (160) each went 2-0.

“I thought for the most part kids wrestled pretty hard,” added coach Smith, whose squad returns to action at 10 a.m. Saturday for the Frank Ferguson Memorial Brooke Classic. “A little disappointing giving up pins the way we did on a few of those. That’s something we kind of stressed with them prior to the match, but sometimes it’s not always that easy.

“That’s the main thing, but I did see some good things. We didn’t even get to practice this week. Just kind of going off the weekend, we’ve got to clean some things up. We’re a young team, but at some point that excuse isn’t going to work anymore.”

Prior to the match, Edwards and Wright were honored with “Quick Pin” awards. Edwards had a mat slapper in seven seconds at the OVAC and Wright had one in three seconds.

“It was pretty amazing,” Smith said of Wright’s feat. “I think it was an all-time record for the OVAC and it tied a national record because I don’t think you can get one faster than three seconds.”

Parkersburg South had 1-1 efforts from Mackiah Claudio (113), Noah Dulaney (126), Kyle Wheeler (145), Robert Shockey (160) and 195-pounder Ayden Morris.

“We just got to wrestle better and that’s the main thing,” Smith stressed. “Wrestle better and wrestle through positions and not give up and get those pins and bonus points when we can get them.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

at Rod Oldham Athletic Center

University 57, Cabell Midland 6

106: Brodie Emery d. Zoey Salmons 4-1

113: Dane Wolfe d. Jackson Jitima 7-2

120: Carter Pauley won by forfeit

126: Isaiah Prince (CM) d. Grant Oxley 8-6

132: Jay McKenzie p. Lucas Hager 3:38

138: Mason Pauley wbf

145: Luca Felix p. Loralei Smith 2:25

152: Noah Hagedorn md. Jake Eden 8-0

160: Dakota Hagedorn tf. Connor Wiseman 17-0

170: Elijah Wellings-Osha d. Nick Marion 7-1

182: Nick Giompalo (CM) d. Hezekiah Taylor 7-2

195: Brock Kehler wbf

220: Colin McBee d. Gage Ruley 13-6

285: Corbin Turney p. Nemo Roberts 1:21

Parkersburg South 58,

Cabell Midland 17

106: Salmons (CM) tf. Reese Kelley 18-2

113: Mackiah Claudio p. Jitima 1:34

120: Brent Bosley wbf

126: Noah Dulaney d. Prince 7-3

132: Ryan Martin tf. Hager 17-1

138: Trent Jones wbf

145: Kyle Wheeler p. Smith 0:17

152: Jude Childers p. Eden 2:46

160: Robert Shockey tf. Wiseman 18-3

170: Gage Wright p. Marion 0:37

182: Aydan Edwards d. Giompalo 10-9

195: Ayden Morris p. Bailey Stapleton 1:34

220: Ruley (CM) p. Brycen Arthur 1:25

285: Roberts (CM) p. Eli Wheeler 1:36

University 42, Parkersburg South 28

106: Emery p. Kelley 0:52

113: Wolfe p. Claudio 3:35

120: Bosley (PS) md. C. Pauley 14-3

126: Oxley d. Dulaney 7-0

132: Martin (PS) p. McKenzie 0:50

138: Jones (PS) d. M. Pauley 3-0

145: Felix p. Wheeler 1:48

152: Childers (PS) p. N. Hagedorn 2:29

160: D. Hagedorn d. Shockey 6-0

170: Wright (PS) p. Wellings-Osha 3:00

182: Edwards (PS) d. Taylor 4-2

195: Kehler p. Morris 3:11

220: McBee p. Arthur 5:07

285: Turney p. Wheeler 0:53

Next match: Parkersburg South at Frank Ferguson Memorial Brooke Classic, 10 a.m. Saturday.


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