BIDWELL, Ohio — Sometimes, just being there is half the battle.
Such was the case on Tuesday night at River Valley High School, as the Gallia Academy Blue Devils — by filling all but one of the 14 weight classes — did just capture a triangular wrestling match with fellow Gallia County clubs River Valley and South Gallia.
In Tuesday’s final faceoff between the Blue Devils and host Raiders, Gallia Academy eked out a 39-33 victory —thanks in part to winning three matches via forfeit.
With the win over River Valley, the Blue Devils won the tri-match, as Gallia Academy and River Valley rolled to easy wins over first-year program South Gallia.
In the evening’s opening dual, River Valley vanquished the Rebels 54-12, before the Blue Devils defeated South Gallia 65-18.
Gallia Academy actually scored 66 on-mat markers against the Rebels, but were penalized a team point.
As expected, the competition was close and fierce between the Raiders and Devils, as River Valley — winning five matches worth six points plus a three-point decision — edged Gallia Academy 6-4 in actual contested matches won.
The Blue Devils did win three matches via pinfall and one by decision — but forfeit wins in the 106, 126 and 132-pound weight classes clinched the triumph.
There was a double forfeit at 138 pounds.
For the Blue Devils against the Raiders, Kaleb Crisenbery (152 pounds), Hunter Jacks (195 pounds) and Kyle Greenlee (120 pounds) gained pinfall wins — while Andrew Mullins mustered a 4-2 decision over Joseph Dale at 170.
The Blue and White’s wins via forfeit were by Jason Stroud at 106, Jared Stevens at 126 and Justin Day at 132.
The Raiders earned triumphs with three wins by pinfall, two by injury default, and finally a hard-fought 4-2 decision by Jacob Edwards over Caleb Greenlee at 113.
Eric Weber at 160, Dakota Doss at 220 and Robert Drummond at heavyweight all won via pin.
Jeremiah Dobbins at 145 pounds and Grant Gilmore at 182 pounds won their affairs by injury default, when Gallia Academy’s Morgan Stanley (145) and Chris Matthew (182) were unable to continue.
In the previous dual against the Rebels, the Blue Devils also benefited from forfeits.
Crisenbery at 152, Stevens at 126, Boo Pullins at 160, Darren Owens at 195, Kenton Ramsey at 106, Caleb Greenlee at 113 and Kyle Greenlee at 120 all earned a free six points.
Four others earned pinfall wins — Day at 132, Jacks at 182, Stanley at 145 and Dewey Ferguson at 170.
Chayce Pearson picked up a pinfall for the Rebels — winning at 220 — while Kyle Northup at 138 and Wyatt Rapp at heavyweight won via forfeit.
South Gallia gained two forfeit wins to begin Tuesday’s tri — with Troy Watson taking 132 followed by Northup at 138.
From there, River Valley won 10 of the final dozen weights — with double forfeits at 106 and 126.
Dobbins at 145, Gilmore at 182 and Doss at 220 all won with pins.
The Raiders also recorded five forfeits —Edwards at 113, Weber at 160, Nathan Michael at 152, Zachary Stein at 195 and Joseph Burns at 120.
The Silver and Black claimed two tilts via decision — Dale (170) defeating Chad Bostic by a 6-3 count, followed by Drummond (285) downing David Kuhn 3-2.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106