RV 6th, Meigs 9th in season opening invite

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

JACKSON, Ohio — The River Valley and Meigs wrestling teams both opened their 2016-17 campaign on Saturday at the American Legion Post 81 Invitational, hosted by Jackson High School.

The Raiders had seven placers, including one champion, and finished sixth overall, while Meigs — which had five placers and a champion of their own — tied for ninth.

Zane Trace posted a team total of 284.5 to win the event, while the hosting Ironmen were second with 174. Next was Vinton County (162), followed by Unioto (159), McClain (143), River Valley (134.5), New Lexington (103) and Adena (94). Meigs and Southeastern tied for ninth with 83, followed by Wellston (75), Trimble (54), Jackson Red (52) and Waterford (28).

RVHS sophomore Jacob Edwards claimed first place in the 120-pound category, going 5-0 on the day. Joseph Burns and Jeremiah Dobbins both placed third for the Raiders, in the 113 and 145 weight classes respectively.

Fifth place finishers for the Silver and Black were Eric Weber in the 160 weight class, Grant Gilmore at 182 and Dakota Doss in the 220-pound category. Heavyweight Robert Drummond took sixth for the Raiders.

Marauders senior Trae Hood went 6-0 on his way to winning the 220-pound class. MHS junior Nathaniel Gearheart was third at 160, while Clayton Hanna and Grant Adams took fifth, in the 113 and 170 classes respectively. Finishing sixth for Meigs was freshman Tucker Smith, in the 138-pound class.

Complete results of the American Legion Post 81 Invitational can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley