CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — Gallia Academy’s youngest grapplers were on display, while the two Meigs County clubs featured full squads, as part of Saturday’s annual Phil Davis Memorial Wrestling Invitational at Chesapeake High School.
The meet was the second of the season for Gallia Academy, Meigs and Eastern — as there were 20 total teams representing Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Gallia Academy, with 131 team points, finished fifth — while Meigs tied Jackson for eighth with 82.
Eastern amounted 47 points and placed 15th, as Huntington (W. Va.) won the team championship with 217.5 points.
The Highlanders edged Vinton County (191.5), Spring Valley, W. Va. (153) and Huntington of Ohio (133.5), as the Blue Devils clipped Unioto (128) by three points for fifth.
Fairland (90) finished eight points ahead of both Jackson and Meigs.
For the Blue Devils, as was the original plan, they did not send their five most experienced wrestlers — Caleb Greenlee, Kyle Greenlee, Jared Stevens, Kaleb Crisenbery and Hunter Jacks — to Chesapeake.
Instead, Saturday was about the development of GAHS’ younger matmen, as sophomore Jason Stroud was the Blue Devils’ highest placer.
Stroud was the runner-up in the 106-pound weight class, compiling a 3-2 record with three first-period pinfalls.
In fact, both of his losses were to the eventual weight-class champion — Jaishawn Lyles of Huntington.
Stroud’s second loss to Lyles — in the championship match — lasted into the third period.
Andrew Mullins finished third for Gallia Academy in the 160-pound weight class — as Kenton Ramsey (106), Corbin Walker (113), Justin Day (132), Kaden Ehman (145) and Logan Rose (195) all finished fourth.
Two other Blue Devils placed among the top eight — Dewey Ferguson (6th) at 170 and Carter Campbell (8th) at 182.
Meigs was paced by the Ohio Valley Publishing area’s only weight-class champion at Chesapeake — senior Trae Hood in the 220-pound weight class.
Hood posted a perfect 5-0 record, winning the 220 title by decisioning Mason Cox of Fairland 7-1 in the championship tilt.
Hood’s first four victories were all via pinfall, including three of those in the opening period.
Only Dustin McCoy of Man, in Hood’s third match, pushed him beyond the first two minutes.
Other placers for Meigs included Nathaniel Gearheart (5th at 152) Keynath Rowe (5th at 182), William Smith (6th at 182), Tucker Smith (7th at 132) and Levi Rafferty (8th at 160).
Five Eastern Eagles ended up placing, including four — Eion Marcinko at 106, Dillon Aeiker at 126, Gavin Mullen at 195 and Caden Goff at 160 — finishing sixth.
Addie McDaniel of Eastern was eighth at 170 pounds.
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