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Hamrick, Stillwagoner Place in OVACs

January 23, 2019

The Blue Eagles' James Stillwagoner and Mikey Hamrick each placed in the 66th Annual Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Championship, held inside the newly remodeled WesBanco Arena on Jan. 17-19.

With their scoring, the Eagles finished third in the OVAC Class-3A with 46 points. Shenandoah captured second place with 55 points, and Barnesville took top honors with 80 points.

Paden City scored 11 points, while River and Beallsville each scored 10 points in Class-A/AA. Bridgeport was first with 62 points; Caldwell placed second with 55 points, and Southern Local took third with 50.5 points.

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The Project BEST Pear Sadler Award was presented to Magnolia High School for outstanding sportsmanship. On hand to present the award was Jody Bonfini of Project BEST’s Carpenters Local #432. Blue Eagles Coaches Eric McKeever, Robert Gomez and Derek Metz, as well as wrestlers James Stillwagoner and Mikey Hamrick were also present.

Beaver Local won Class-4A and overall with 303 points, while St. Clairsville took second place with 120 points. Oak Glen took third place with 111 points.

Hamrick, the #11th seed overall in the 285-pound division, defeated Avery Clouse of Barnesville by a fall, as well #6 seed Josh Fancher of Toronto, #3 seed Donte Lewis of Martins Ferry, and #4 seed Emananual Ware of Steubenville.

He lost to #2 seed Daniel Wirth of Beaver Local by a score of 2-0, and he lost to #10 seed Cody Gamble in the third/fourth place championship, 4-2.

Magnolia teammate James Stillwagoner finished seventh in the 182-pound division with a pinfall over Shayne Christian of Beaver Local. But, in the meantime, Stillwagoner would take care of Christian Lerrussi of Beaver Local by the score of 4-2. He won by fall over Julius Kirk of Shenandoah. He also won, 7-1, over Mason Wiley of Caldwell. He lost 6-2 to Bayne Irwin of Harrison Central, and 10-6 to Richard McFarland of Martins Ferry.

Blue Eagle Brody Rush, at 170, lost his first bout to #3 seed Ian Bush of Cameron, before beating Wyatt Miley, 5-2. Rush lost his last match to Mitchell Caldwell by a pinfall.

Cameron Stillwagoner (195) lost his opener to #2 seed Donavan Kirby of Weir by a fall, before winning over Brandon Hiles of Indian Creek by a fall. Stillwagoner lost his last match, to #9 seed Kyler O'Conner, by a pinfall.

The Eagles' Gage Adams (138) won his first two matches - over Sean Baker of Weir by a pin, and 1-0 to #9 seed Austin Starr of Indian Creek. Adams then bowed out of the tournament with losses to #1 seed Peyton Hall of Oak Glenn and 13-6 to #11 seed Garrett Dozier of Toronto.

The Eagles' Trenton Mitchell (152) lost his opener to #4 seed Mikey Shamblin of Parkersburg South, and Zach Marbais of Harrison Central. Jesse Coulter (126) lost to #5 seed Gavin Ray of Oak Glen and #11 seed Quinton Elerick of St Clairsville, by pinfalls.

The Eagles' Travis Carr (120) lost to Terry Gatrel of Meadowbrook and defeated Travis Harper of Shenandoah with a quick pinfall. Carr finished the OVAC with a loss to Nathan Gibson of Union Local by a pin.

Magnolia's Sam Zombotti (132) was taken to the hospital with a slight concussion and three broken bones in his nose. Zombotti was given a point by the referee, but in the end, the match was given to #4 seed Brian Palmer of Buckeye Local, 1-0, who finished fourth overall.

For Paden City, Jasup Spragg (113) lost both of his matches by pinfalls. Michael Shreves (152) won his first match to Zach Marbais of Harrison Central by a pin at the first buzzer, but he had to get the pin all over again in the second round. He then lost, by pin, to #4 seed Mickey Shamblin of Parkersburg South. Shreves lost his final bout to Bryson Utter of Union Local by a pinfall.

The Wildcats' Alex McCoy (160) lost to #10 seed Colton Dobbs and Jerald Unrein of Toronto by 10-4 decision. Ryan Cross (220) of Paden City lost to #1 seed Braxton Amos of Parkersburg South, before winning his second bout by a pin over Dalton Rothwelk of Crest View. Cross lost his final bout with #10 seed Zack Meade of Barnesville, by a pin.

The River Pilots' Nick Macheca (138) lost to #7 seed Trey Wonner of Crest View, and to Wesley Guy of Shenandoah by pinfalls. Hunter Nevins (152) lost to #1 seed Anthony Rice of Steubenville and to Ty Harrison of Crest View.

The Pilots' Christian Polka (120) lost by a pin to #1 seed Logan Ours of Beaver Local. Polka then defeated Avery Wallace of Toronto with a quick pin, but fell to #10 seed Kaleb Bailey of East Liverpool.

The Pilots' Chance Gilles (132) lost to #9 seed Cameron Walker of Wheeling Park by a fall; he also lost to Trenton Thompson of Morgantown.



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