Magnolia High School Places Third In OVAC Championships
Magnolia gave the top-ranked Linsly Cadets 12 points on a pair of forfeits, as well as a one- point deduction for excessive celebration when a wrestler threw his head-gear in celebration after winning a tough match by a pin-fall, that hurt their chances in a 38-41 loss in the first bout of the OVAC Class 3A Dual Championships Feb. 8 in John Marshall Fieldhouse.
To open the match, the Eagles fell behind 12-0 after a pair of forfeits, but would get back six points when Kyler Cecil got a free pass in his 120 lb. weight class.
The first man-to-man match-up pitted the Eagles’ Riley Nice against Jyies Giovengo at 126 lbs. After a full period of no take-downs, the Cadet wrestler escaped for a point in the second period.
In the third period, Nice tied the match with an escape of his own and took him down for two points to get a 3-1 decision, and three points for the team to pull the Eagles to within, 12-9.
Jack Booth won his 132 lb. bout by a pin-fall in the first period to give the Eagles a 15-12 lead, but at 138 lbs. teammate Gage Adams lost by a technical fall, 15-0, that gave Linsly a 17-15 lead.
At 145 lbs., Trenton Mitchell held his own for a period and a half before his Linsly opponent won by a fall in the second period to extend its lead to 22-17. However, the Eagles’ 152 pounder Skylar Yoho scored a second period fall to pull the Eagles deficit to 23-22 after costing Magnolia a point for taking off his head-gear.
The Eagles then lost at 160 lbs. on a first period fall on Carter Pyles, and another forfeit at 170 lbs. James Stillwagner moved up in weight and got the Eagles back in the hunt with a first period fall. Caleb Nice won his 195-pound weight division with an early pin-fall, but Zach Thorpe lost at 220 lb. Mikey Hamrick also won his 285 lb. weight class by a pin-fall in the second stanza to end the night three points shy at 41-38 of winning and moving on to the finals.
“I believe that this was the best that we have wrestled as a team all year,” said Magnolia Head Coach Eric McKeever. “There were no disappointments, the guys did an exceptional job by a very young team.
“We competed very well in both matches and we had six freshmen starting they all did very well, no complaints here at all. We had to ask some of the guys to wrestle up, because of one of our starters couldn’t go, just was on the short end of the stick this time.”
Magnolia 53, Bellaire 15
In the third place match with Bellaire Big Reds, it was all Magnolia as they won all but two matches, plus a pair of double forfeits.
The Eagles won their forfeits in the Carter Pyles, Brady Rush, Caleb Nice and the Zach Thorpe match.
Devin Hawkins lost his match late in the second period, while Chris Wetzel fell a little short 13-8 in his match.
Winning by pin-falls were, Kyler Cecil, Riley Nice and James Stillwagner, while Gage Adams won his match when his opponent was disqualified, and Sylar Yoho won 23-13 and Mikey Hamrick won, 1-0.