Blue Devils split tri-match at Athens

Bryan Walters

December 13, 2013

THE PLAINS, Ohio — A split decision, despite the solid results.

The Gallia Academy wrestling team came away with a .500 showing as a team following a tri-match with both Nelsonville-York and Athens Wednesday night in a non-conference contest in Athens County.

The Blue Devils finished the night with a 17-10 overall record in individual matches, 10 of which came by way of pinfall. GAHS also had six grapplers finish 2-0 in head-to-head competition, with two of them posting a pair of pinfall victories apiece.

Gallia Academy won 10-of-13 matches against the Buckeyes en route to a 60-16 team win, but the host Bulldogs squeaked out a 42-37 win in the second dual — despite a 7-7 overall mark between the programs.

Both GAHS and Athens had five pinfall wins each in their match, but AHS earned two forfeit wins (6 points apiece) while the Devils earned a decision (3 points) and a majority decision (4 points). The five-point difference proved to be the final margin of victory.

Jared Stevens (106) and John Byus (285) earned a pair of pinfall victories against their respective competitors from NYHS and Athens, while Cole Tawney (132), Griffon McKinniss (182) and Justin Reynolds (195) each had one pinfall win while going 2-0 at the tri-match.

Ryan Terry (170) also went 2-0 after a decision win against Athens and a forfeit against the Buckeyes. Five of Gallia Academy’s 17 wins also came by forfeit — all of which were against NYHS. Three of the Devils’ 10 losses were also by forfeit, and there was also a double forfeit between GAHS and Nelsonville-York at 126 pounds.

Isaiah Holley (113), Quenton McKinniss (152) and Hunter Jacks (160) also earned a pinfall victory apiece while finishing the day 1-1 overall.

Complete results of the wrestling tri-match at Athens High School between GAHS, NYHS and the Bulldogs are available on the web at