While the temperatures were dropping at a rapid rate last evening on the hilltop in Martins Ferry, the wrestling action was hot and heavy in Tolbert's Gymnasium for a Buckeye 8 tri-match between the hosts, Harrison Central and Edison Local.
Scott Roth's crew was celebrating senior night and the Rider wrestlers did not disappoint the former all-Ohioan or their faithful who turned out in support. Ferry swept both matches in fine fashion. Ferry disposed of Edison, 49-27 in the lid-lifter, followed by a 51-33 victory in the nightcap. Edison squeaked out a 43-36 win over the Huskies to garner a split on the night.
"I'm pleased with the performance we gave this evening," stated Roth. "We are getting a solid six minutes from these guys every time out and I believe we are wrestling as well as we can at this point. I was happy for our seniors tonight; they walk away with a nice memory. All the seniors got a least one win."
The Purple gang was running full throttle as six Rider wrestlers picked up two wins. Junior standout Jeffrey Oberdick continued to dominate the area at 171-pounds. The OVAC runner-up notched a pair of pins on the evening.
Senior dandy Mike Rose, the OVAC's 160-pound runner-up ended his career on the hilltop with a pair of victories. He also picked up pin in 46 ticks during his first match. Classmate Clay Johnson had a pair of falls. He sat down the Wildcats' Tyler Redovian in 35 seconds in the first match of the evening. Johnson recorded a pin over Harrison Central's Cyle Riedel in 1:44.
Sophomore sensation Damon Outward, who finished third at 103 in the OVAC tournament, picked up two pins. Roth continued, "It's a great night when you can pick up all of the bonus points that we did tonight. We came out aggressive and scored well I'm proud of the way things are coming together. This time of year is when you must be your best."
Hardnosed Rider junior C.J. Williams and Edison's Willis Long had the quickest pins of the triangular. They each had matches that lasted just 23 seconds.
The Huskies Mike Lasure grabbed two pins at the 140-pound weight class. Teammate Trace Butler, Harrison's 130-pounder had two wins. He picked up a pin in 1:30 over the hosts Tony Rivera. He also grabbed a forfeit. Harrison's 215-poinder, Matt Shurin had two wins.
Ferry junior, Michael Neavin, had two forfeits on the evening.