Eagle Grapplers Open Season 3-0; Win Larry Ritchie Memorial
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Wrestling Team, under new Head Coach Vince Monseau, has opened the 2013-14 season with three straight victories, including the Larry Ritchie Memorial Dec. 14 at Tyler Consolidated High School.
The Eagles took top honors with 195.5 points, beating out Toronto by 11.5 points. St. Clairsville came in third with 164.5 points, while Bridgeport, Ohio, and St. Marys placed finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In addition, Tyler placed sixth, Ritchie seventh, Clay Battelle, eighth and River ninth.
Winning top honors for the Blue Eagles were Clay Adams in 132 pound weight division and Caleb Nice in the 182 pound weight division. Placing runner-up for Magnolia were Riley Nice in the 113 pound weight division and Doug Riter in the 120 pound class, while Trinton Jett (106); Joseph Layman (145); Joey Kelly (152); Paden McConaughey (160); and Tyler Baker (220) each placed third in their respective weight divisions. In addition, Robert Campbell (138) placed fourth.
In their first meet of the season, a tri match with Tyler Consolidated and Linsly, the Blue Eagles won 42-33 over Linsly and 58-15 against the Silver Knights inside the MHS HammerDome Dec. 11.
Jett started the Blue Eagle action, winning a forfeit and Riley Nice would then claim a 6-5 victory before and Riter won by a fall 2:39. Adams then took care of business with a nice 8-4 victory.
After a pair of losses, Kelly would get the Eagles back on track with a quick pin. After Magnolia’s Harley Price (160) won by a fall, Linsly would pick up five points on a fall of its own. However, Caleb Nice got the Eagles back on the winning side once more when the referee raised his arm in victory for a solid pin fall over his Cadet opponent.
After a forfeit, the Eagles’ Tyler Baker fell to Linsly’s Chimechi Oparanozie 6-1 and Phillip Harlan lost on a fall. The Eagles had several wrestlers compete in exhibition matches and did very well, winning two of three matches.
In the Tyler Consolidated bout, Jett made quick work of Ben Pratt, scoring on a fall in 0:29 seconds. However, teammate Riley Nice was even quicker to score a pinfall — only 0:15 against Zach Bonner. Next were Riter and Tristen Thomas, who each scored six easy points with forfeits, before teammate Adams won a major decision by the score of 14-6 over Tyler Johnson.
The Knights scored falls over Campbell and Kurt Starkey before Kelly, Harley Price, Josh Ruble and Caleb Nice each recorded falls to win their matches. After a double forfeit, Baker won by a fall over Brandon Keys, while Harlan lost a 8-2 decision against Austin Spencer.
The young and improving Blue Eagle squad has started the season winning its first three matches, including a tournament, and will try to keep the winning streak intact when they head to Zep Country tonight at 5:30 p.m. to take on Shenandoah. The eagles will then visit Barnesville High School Saturday to participate in the Buffalo Brawl at 10 a.m.