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Steubenville wrestling takes OVAC 4A Dual Meet title

February 7, 2014
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports correspondent , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Steubenville High School wrestling added another trophy to its case Thursday at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A Dual Meet Championships.

About three weeks after Big Red claimed the OVAC 4A team title in Wheeling, Big Red came out and and won its third straight 4A dual meet title with a 48-30 finals win over St. Clairsville after a 42-29 semifinals win over Oak Glen.

"It definitely is a good feeling," said Big Red head coach Mike Blackburn. "We've been so up and down with how young we are and with some of the mistakes we make. We definitely had some great high this year though. We got beat last night by Cambridge and we were kind of upset by how we wrestled losing 37-36. We knew coming in we had a couple starters out and Oak Glen was going to give us a pretty good test. Our guys came out tonight and wrestled great.

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CHAMPIONS — The Steubenville High School wrestling team poses with the title trophy after winning the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A Dual Meet Championship on Thursday.
-- Fred Younce

"St. Clairsville came out and wrestled great too. It was a real good tournament. When the chips are on the line, with OVACs and the tournaments we've been in like this OVAC dual tournament, we wrestled tough."

In the finals Big Red received wins by pin from Branden Jones at 170 pounds and William Poplowski at 285 pounds. Jones and Poplowski won by pin in their semifinal matches as well. At 113, Tariq Wilson tech falled St. Clairsville's Alex Timko 19-4 in the finals after pinning Danny Wyke of Oak Glen in the semifinals. Shawn Livingston (145) picked up a win by tech fall (17-2) over Logan Thompson in the finals and by majority decision (11-1) over Patrick Arneault in the semifinals. Big Red's 120-pounder Dakota Goff pinned Donte Vincenzo in the finals and beat Robert Bozek 9-4 in the semifinals.

"I think, overall, we had kids stay alive where they needed to stay alive and we had kids get falls where we needed bonus points," said Blackburn. "That's how you win duals."

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Final 4A

Steubenville 48 - St.Clairsville 30

106 Jamey Creer (St.Clairsville) Forfeit

113 Tariq Wilson (Steubenville) tech. fall Alex Timko (St.Clairsville) 19

120 Dakotah Goff (Steubenville) Forfeit

126 Shamus Thompson (St.Clairsville) over Marc Porter (Steubenville) :38

132 Colton Stevens (St.Clairsville) over None (Steubenville) ff

138 Brian Ferguson (Steubenville) dec. Dylan Alwine (St.Clairsville) 8

145 Shawn Livingston (Steubenville) tech. fall Logan Thompson (St.Clairsville) 17

152 Niko Moray (Steubenville) tech. fall Logan DeLong (St.Clairsville) 17

160 Cole Skaggs (St.Clairsville) pin Austin Deffenbaugh (Steubenville) 4:30

170 Branden Jones (Steubenville) pin Matt Carnes (St.Clairsville) 3:03

182 Quent Thornton (Steubenville) Forfeit

195 Tim Albertson (Steubenville) Forfeit

220 Michael Furbee (St.Clairsville) pin Drone Moore (Steubenville) 5:07

285 William Poplowski (Steubenville) pin Carson Ernest (St.Clairsville) 2:36

Consolation Match

Oak Glen 48 - Harrison Central 15

106 Ryan Debee (Oak Glen) Forfeit

113 Danny Wyke (Oak Glen) dec. Brandon White (Harrison Central) 5

120 Robert Bozek (Oak Glen) Forfeit

126 Josh Cornell (Oak Glen) dec. David Forrester (Harrison Central) 6

132 Hunter Pizzino (Harrison Central) dec. Avery Flowers (Oak Glen) 6

138 Nick Tice (Oak Glen) dec. Anthony Risley (Harrison Central) 7

145 Cyle Riedel (Harrison Central) dec. Patrick Arneault (Oak Glen) 5

152 Alex Shuman (Oak Glen) pin Kyle Dodds (Harrison Central) 3:00

160 Will Hogan (Oak Glen) pin Danier Hunt (Harrison Central) 5:24

170 Devon Chadwick (Oak Glen) pin Malcomb Boyer (Harrison Central) 2:25

182 Lakota Grimes (Oak Glen) Forfeit

195 Nico Williams (Harrison Central) dec. Dakota Price (Oak Glen) 4

220 Westin Fogle (Harrison Central) Forfeit

285 Noah Mills (Oak Glen) dec. Brenton Stull (Harrison Central) 5

Harrison Central 28 - St. Clairsville 31

106 Jamey Creer (St. Clairsville) over None (Harrison Central) ff

113 Alex Timko (St. Clairsville) dec. Brandon White (Harrison Central) 1

120 Donte Vincenzo (St. Clairsville) over None (Harrison Central) ff

126 David Forrester (Harrison Central) pin Shamus Thompson (St. Clairsville) 4:57

132 Hunter Pizzino (Harrison Central) pin Colton Stevens (St. Clairsville) 3:10

138 Antony Risley (Harrison Central) maj. dec. Dylan Alwine (St. Clairsville) 16

145 Cyle Riedel (Harrison Central) dec. Logan Thompson (St. Clairsville) 9

152 Logan Delong (St. Clairsville) dec. Kyle Dodds (Harrison Central) 9

160 Cole Skaggs (St. Clairsville) pin Danier Hunt (Harrison Central) 1:53

170 Matt Carnes (St. Clairsville) dec. Malcomb Boyer (Harrison Central) 5

182 Double Forfeit

195 Nico Williams (Harrison Central) over None (St. Clairsville) ff

220 Michael Furbee (St. Clairsville) maj. dec. Westin Fogle (Harrison Central) 16

285 Brenton Stull (Harrison Central) dec. Carson Ernest (St. Clairsville) 4

Oak Glen 29 - Steubenville 42

106 Ryan Debee (Oak Glen) Forfeit

113 Tariq Wilson (Steubenville) pin Danny Wyke (Oak Glen) 5:45

120 Dakotah Goff (Steubenville) dec. Robert Bozek (Oak Glen) 9

126 Josh Cornell (Oak Glen) tech. fall Marc Porter (Steubenville) 19

132 Avery Flowers (Oak Glen) Forfeit

138 Nick Tice (Oak Glen) pin Brian Ferguson (Steubenville) 1:27

145 Shawn Livingston (Steubenville) maj. dec. Patrick Arneault (Oak Glen) 11

152 Niko Moray (Steubenville) maj. dec. Alex Shuman (Oak Glen) 11

160 Austin Deffenbaugh (Steubenville) dec. Will Hogan (Oak Glen) 5sv

170 Branden Jones (Steubenville) pin Devon Chadwick (Oak Glen) 1:33

182 Lakota Grimes (Oak Glen) Forfeit

195 Tim Albertston (Steubenville) maj. dec. Dakota Price (Oak Glen) 11

220 Drone Moore (Steubenville) over Isaac Rosohac (Oak Glen) df

285 William Poplowski (Steubenville) pin Noah Mills (Oak Glen) 3:04

Final 1A/2A

Shadyside 39 - Caldwell 36

106 Greg Quinn (Shadyside) over 0 (Caldwell) ff

113 Collin Hunter (Shadyside) Forfeit

120 Josh Kahl (Shadyside) over 0 (Caldwell) ff

126 Tyler Wiley (Caldwell) pin Wyatt Skapik (Shadyside) 3:52

132 Kolby Rayner (Caldwell) maj. dec. Zach Vaughn (Shadyside) 11

138 Kameron Rayner (Caldwell) tech. fall Jake Haswell (Shadyside) 18

145 Billy Johnson (Shadyside) dec. Blake Picenpaugh (Caldwell) 9

152 Brett Kahl (Shadyside) Forfeit

160 Austin Allen (Shadyside) Forfeit

170 Jake Duvall (Shadyside) Forfeit

182 Sheldon Archer (Caldwell) Forfeit

195 Clay Poling (Caldwell) Forfeit

220 Tyson Cartell (Caldwell) dec. Dante DeFelice (Shadyside) 3

285 Chance Rucker (Caldwell) pin Eli Karkowski (Shadyside) 1:12

Consolation Match

River 28 - Toronto 40

106 Double Forfeit

113 Alex Anderson (Toronto) Forfeit

120 Donnie Starkey (Toronto) maj. dec. Chase Schultheis (River) 14

126 Brandon Mitchell (Toronto) dec. Josh Stewart (River) 11

132 Jerry Savage (Toronto) pin Dakota Smith (River) 3:45

138 Cody King (Toronto) Forfeit

145 Max Tice (Toronto) Forfeit

152 Tucker Boggs (River) pin Drew Bigler (Toronto) 1:21

160 Charles Ross III (Toronto) dec. Jordan Sapp (River) 10sv

170 Drew Lowery (Toronto) pin Luke Matusik (River) 1:23

182 Brandon Reuser (River) pin Joven Householder (Toronto) 4:45

195 Brett Rosen (River) Forfeit

220 Collin Huffman (River) maj. dec. Alex Haynes (Toronto) 12

285 Broc Miracle (River) Forfeit

Toronto 30 - Caldwell 41

106 Adam Schockling (Caldwell) over None (Toronto) ff

113 Alex Anderson (Toronto) Forfeit

120 Donnie Starkey (Toronto) Forfeit

126 Tyler Wiley (Caldwell) pin Brandon Mitchell (Toronto) 3:22

132 Kolby Rayner (Caldwell) pin Jerry Savage (Toronto) 4:58

138 Kameron Rayner (Caldwell) tech. fall Cody King (Toronto) 18

145 Max Tice (Toronto) dec. Blake Picenpaugh (Caldwell) 9

152 Cody Davis (Caldwell) dec. Drew Bigler (Toronto) 6

160 Charles Ross III (Toronto) over None (Caldwell) ff

170 Justin Starkey (Toronto) over None (Caldwell) ff

182 Drew Lowery (Toronto) dec. Sheldon Archer (Caldwell) 6

195 Tyson Cartell (Caldwell) pin Joven Householder (Toronto) 1:14

220 Clay Poling (Caldwell) dec. Alec Haynes (Toronto) 5

285 Chance Rucker (Caldwell) over None (Toronto) ff

Another wrestler who stood out for Big Red was Niko Moray at 152 pounds. After a disappointing night against Cambridge Wednesday he bounced back in a big way to help Big Red bring home another team trophy.

"In yesterday's match Niko Moray was a little disappointed with himself and what happened," said Blackburn. "It wasn't the best match. He's had a great year and came out tonight to prove a point and he had a tech fall (against St. Clairsville's Logan DeLong) and a major decision (against Oak Glen's Alex Shuman) and wrestled pretty tough.

"Actually it was the third time he wrestled the kid from Oak Glen, and at the OVACs we were losing all the way until the end and came back to beat him so he's a tough kid. He definitely had a great evening for us."

Oak Glen took home third place with a 48-15 win over Harrison Central in the 4A consolation match.

The Golden Bears took firm control of the match with three consecutive pins by Shuman, Will Hogan (160), and Devon Chadwick (170).

Nick Tice (138) and Lakota Grimes (182) each picked up pin in the semifinals against Big Red. Tice won by decision in the consolation match while Josh Cornell (126) won by decision against Harrison Central and by tech fall against Big Red.

Hunter Pizzino (132) took home a pair of victories with a pin of St. Clairsville's Colton Stevens and a decision over Oak Glen's Avery Flowers.

Shadyside claimed the Class 1A/2A title with a 39-36 win over Caldwell in the finals and 56-22 over River in the semifinals.

Toronto took home third place with a 40-28 win over River after losing 41-30 to Caldwell in the semifinals.

Drew Lowery led the Red Knights with a pin of River's Luke Matusik in the consolation match after defeating Caldwell's Sheldon Archer in the semifinals. Donnie Starkey had a major decision over River's Chase Schultheis to go with a forfeit.

Max Tice and Charles Ross III each had a decision win and a forfeit.

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