COSHOCTON, Ohio — The young Raiders attempted to make some headway this past weekend.
Instead, they ran headlong into a stacked Division III district wrestling meet.
Despite sending six wrestlers to the district competition for the second straight season, River Valley was unable to advance any individuals to this weekend’s state tournament — and only had one grappler place among the top six at Coshocton High School.
The half-dozen Raiders included a trio of repeat district qualifiers — sophomores Jacob Edwards and Eric Weber and junior Jeremiah Dobbins.
Edwards, with a sixth-place finish in the 113-pound weight class, earned the Raiders’ highest placement.
It was his second straight district meet of competing at 113 pounds.
Dobbins, after advancing to the district at 132 last year, moved up a weight class to 138 this season.
Weber went down a division from 170 last season to 160 this year.
First-time qualifiers for the Raiders included sophomore Joseph Burns and junior Tyson Still — and senior Grant Gilmore.
Only Burns did not win at least one match.
As a team, River Valley amounted 22 total points, tying for 23rd-place with Paint Valley — as 43 squads scored at least a single point.
Edwards advanced to the consolation semifinals for a chance to place at least fourth, as the top four finishers at the district meet qualify for the state meet.
But he lost an 11-5 decision to David Staten of West Jefferson, then was pinned in the fifth-place tilt for an opportunity to at least be an alternate.
James Torres of Richmond Edison defeated Edwards in a minute and 39 seconds, as Edwards’ district record this year was an even 3-3.
He reached the consolation semifinals, following a 3-0 decision over Brayden Reynolds of Barnesville in the third consolation.
Both Dobbins and Weber went an even 2-2, and like Edwards, won their opening-round matches before losing in the quarterfinals but winning in the second consolation.
Gilmore and Still were pinned in the first round, but bounced back for a pair of decision victories in the first-consolation round.
While Weber and Dobbins’ competition concluded in the third consolation, it was the end of the line for Gilmore and Still in the second-consolation bouts.
It also marked the end of the RVHS career for Gilmore, while Weber, Edwards, Dobbins, Burns and Still all return for next season.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106