Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament Detailed
River High School wrestler Devin Talbott placed third in the 2012 Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Championship Jan. 19-21 at Wheeling’s WesBanco Arena.
Talbott, last year’s third place winner in the 119 pound weight division, came into the tournament with a record of 20-2 in the 132 weight division, and again placed third in this year’s tournament. He also won his 100th victory during the OVAC Meet.
The Pilots, coached by their principal, Dr. Vince Monseau, had 14 wrestlers competing: Josh Stewart, 5-6 in the 113 weight class; Cody Binni, 8-8 in the 120 weight class; Loren Thomas, 8-8 in the 126 weight class; and Talbott in the 132 pound weight class; Fred Mundt, 8-11 in the 138 weight class; Jordan Sapp, 1-7 in the 145 weight class; Skylar Wohnhas, 5-3 in the 152 weight class; Kole Smith, 12-7 in the 160 weight class; Brandon Reusser, 7-8 in the 170 pound weight division; Dakota Dunn, 3-3 in the 182 pound weight class; Joseph Dotson, 16-3 in the 195 weight class; Hank Goble, 6-11 in the 220 pound weight class; and Jacob Pirl, 1-4 in the 285 pound weight class.
In the opener, Stewart lost to Tyler Jenkins from Meadowbrook; won an 8-7 decision over the legally-deaf John Pyles of St. Clairsville and lost his third match to Corey Poling of Weir. Binni lost to Kyle Schlieper of Cambridge; won a 5-2 decision to Dylan June of Indian Creek; and lost a 9-2 decision to Tyler Wiley of Caldwell.
Thomas lost his opener to Kyle Mack of Indian Creek and then beat Cody Hamlin of University High school by way of a forfeit. Thomas then lost his third match to Josh Barber of Beaver Local.
Talbott won by a fall over Britney Edwards of Shenandoah in 14 seconds of the match. He then won, by a 7-3 decision, over Antonio Marques of Beaver Local and 12-1 major decision over Jake McKitrick of Steubenville. Talbott lost his only match of the tournament to Tyler Richards from Parkersburg South.
He then won a pair of decisions over Drew Michael, 2-1 of University and Ron Foster, 9-1 of Beaver Local in the consolation match.
Mundt lost a 16-1 major decision to Chastin Hobley of Steubenville, won by a pin over Kris Palmer of Beallsville, then lost his final match to Joshua Sokolowski of Beaver Local by a fall. Sapp won his opener 11-4 over Andrew Beaulieu of Steubenville, then lost by a fall to Kodiac Garcia of Wheeling Park. He then beat Shayne Hinkle of Clay-Battelle by a fall. In his last match against Mason Plumly of Barnesville he was injured and did not finish the match.
Smith lost his opener to Blake Lillard of University by a fall, then made up for it with a fall of his own against Chance Stoney of Meadowbrook. In his third match, he lost by a fall to Brandon Harman of Morgantown. In addition, Reusser defeated Scott Hammond of Shadyside by a fall, then lost to the number two seed, Kale Rayner of Caldwell. Reusser also won a 7-2 decision to Austin Bennington of Indian Creek.
Dunn lost to number eight seed, Jared Wright of Magnolia, by a 7-1 decision. He then bested Mark Shaffer of Beallsville by a fall in 55 seconds. Later, he lost a tough 10-6 decision to Adam Harless of Wellsville. In his first match, Dotson was defeated by the number six seed, Chance Stoffel of Caldwell. Dunn then pinned Jake Haynes of Toronto and Reed Andrews of Morgantown. However, he lost his final match to Zach Coole of Martins Ferry.
Goble lost matches by a fall with number one seed Greg Moray of Steubenville and with Cole Mathews of Monroe Central. Pirl, also, lost his two bouts to number one seed Darren Starr of Weir and to Colton Robinson of Monroe Central, both by falls.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles, coached by Jeff Hiestand and J. D. Smith, entered Joey Kelly, 9-7 in the 138 weight class; Gage Deem, 12-6 in the 152 weight class; Garrett Woofter, 5-12 in the 160 pound weight division; Jacob Rabel, 3-12 in the 170 pound weight class; Jared Wright, 12-6 in the 182 weight class; and Tyler Baker, 16-5 in the 285 pound weight division.
For the Eagles, Kelly lost to Hunter Yoders of Cambridge by a fall and won by a fall over Patrick Heron of Steubenville. He lost his third bout to Joe Dowling of Wellsville by a 10-3 decision. Deem lost to the number five seed, Jared Leasure of Caldwell, and to Joseph Jeffrey of Morgantown. Woofter lost to top-seeded Doug Eddy of Harrison Central, but was injured and forfeited to Cody Hall of Brooke. Rabel lost to the number four seed, Christian Edmond of Beallsville. He also was unable to compete in his next match because of injury and forfieted to Nicholas Fisher of University.
In addition, Wright won his first two matches by a 2-1 and a 7-1 decision to Hunter Conner of Monroe Central and to Dakota Dunn of River, respectively. Wright lost to the number one seed Stephen Brogle of Parkersburg South and just missed winning a medal in a tough 2-1 OT decision to Cole Hass of Caldwell. Baker started with a loss to the number three seed Tim Shenkel of Caldwell, then beat Casey Hewitt of Wheeling Park and Joe Mercer of Oak Glen, both by a fall. He also just missed earning a medal when he lost to Shawn Kolling of Indian Creek.
Overall, Parkersburg South won the hole shebang with a OVAC record 305 points, including a mind boggling 81 bonus points. Other winners were: Caldwell, Class-AA-A, 192 points; Martins Ferry, Class-AAA, 77 points; Steubenville, Class-AAAA, 270.5 point; and Parkersburg South, Class-AAAAA. Local teams finished as follows: River, 53 points; Tyler Consolidated, 19 points; and Magnolia, 13 points.