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Eagles Capture The Class-A Runner-Up

By Staff | Mar 1, 2017

From left are Dr. Vincent Monseau, Riley Nice, Eric McKeever, Caleb Nice, and Robert Gomez.

The Magnolia Blue Eagles had an eventful showing at the state wrestling tournament, capturing the Class-A Runner-Up finish with 45 points to Wirt County’s 55, with only two wrestlers.

The Blue Eagles’ Caleb Nice has capped off his high school wrestling career as a state champion in the 195 pound division. He ended his career as the most decorated wrestler in Magnolia school history with a 154-10 record. He was 44-3 this season, with only one defeat in his 195 pound division. He lost his other two matches in the 220 and 285 lb. He is a four-time regional champ, OVAC champion, and four-time state place winner.

Nice wasn’t on the mat very long during the state tournament as he defeated his other three bouts in record times, winning by pin-falls against Class-AA Jesse Gunter of Braxton in .44 seconds in his opener; 1:43 against Class-AA Gavin Shamblin of Sissonsville, and in 2:49 against Class-AA Andrew Roach of Point Pleasant. In the finals Nice went the distance against Class-AA Nitro’s Paul Frampton, 7-2 in the finals.

For this he was awarded the top Class-A wrestler in the state tournament.

“It feels great, but it took longer than I expected,” said Nice after is title match. “I’ve had a rough first three years down here. I could never get past the semifinals. I thought I was cursed, but this makes all that go away.”

Riley Nice (126) captured a fourth place finish at state, and finished his high school wrestling career with an overall record of 123-35. He opened the state with a 13-5 major-decision over Clay Tanner of Class-A Ravenswood, the defeated Class A Tanner Harris of Independence by a technical fall, 16-1.

Riley Nice then defeated Class AA Liberty Raleigh’s Dylan Basham, 10-5, and then defeated Class AA Jacob Spencer of Roane County by a fall; he also beat Ethan Swick of Class-AA Peterburg by a pin-fall; He lost to Tanner Harris of Class AA Independence, 10-2, in the consolation bout.

Riley wrestled in a very competitive weight bracket this year. In the Brook Classic, he lost two matches to a pair of Ohio state placers and he lost a pair of matches when he was bumped up,

“I can’t believe this is it for these two guys,” said head coach Eric McKeever. “The end of their high school wrestling will come to an end this weekend. These two are the most decorated high school wrestlers at Magnolia High School.

Between both of them, you are looking at 270 wins, five individual regionals championships and both have qualified for the state tournament in each of their four years in high school.

Riley reached his 100th win midway through the season for his career. This is equivalent to a basketball player scoring 1,000 points.

Caleb has become the school’s first four-time regional champion, and the first OVAC champion for Magnolia. He has placed in each of his four trips to the state tournament, winning it all this year.”