STEUBENVILLE - Just a mere 24 hours after being eliminated from the Ohio State Dual Meet Tournament, both Shadyside and Steubenville bounced back in convincing fashion Thursday night.
The Tigers (1A/2A) and Big Red (4A) ruled their respective divisions as the OVAC Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships wrapped up inside Steubenville High School's Crimson Center.
Shadyside, under the direction of head coach Scott Kinemond, rolled past Toronto (62-15) in the semifinals before defeating Steubenville Central (48-23) in the finals.
SHADYSIDE’S Brett Kahl controls the arm of Steubenville Central’s Mike Causby during their 132-pound match in the championship round of the Bill Hinegardner OVAC?Duals held at Steubenville High School’s Crimson Center.
Steubenville, meanwhile, ran away from Martins Ferry (57-12) and Harrison Central (63-9) in winning its title.
"I'm really happy with the way we wrestled tonight," an elated Kinemond said. "This (the title) is a long time coming. We finally have a nearly full team. The kids have stepped it up every week."
When asked if he was worried about his team bouncing back from the loss to Amanda Clearcreek, Kinemond quickly said, "Maybe a little bit, but these kids have been wrestling for quite a few days. They're wrestlers. They're conditioned and always ready to go."
Eight different Tigers collected two victories on the night. In addition to the 'Big 3' senior trio of Ian Baker (145), Alex Quinn (152) and Chase Kinemond (160), also posting a pair of 'Ws' were sophomores Wyatt Skapik (106), Zach Vaughn (113), freshman Brett Kahl (138) and junior Zach Meadows (285).
"That is what it takes in a dual meet. Everyone has to do their part," Kinemond explained.
"You just can't have four or five kids win, it takes everyone, and that means not getting pinned if you lose."
In the championship bout, which started at 160, Kinemond got the Tigers off to a good start with a technical fall, and they never trailed. The victory also marked the 100th time the Tigers' senior has had his hand raised after a match.
"It's definitely a milestone that I was looking forward to," the two-sport standout allowed. "After missing last year (to an injury), it is quite an accomplishment to do it in just three years."
He said doing it while winning a team title made it more special.
"I didn't know I was going to get it here. I wanted to get it in the OVAC Tournament, but this here is just a great feeling."
Kahl sealed the title when he decisioned the Crusaders' Mike Crosby, 9-1, in their 138-pound match. That gave the Tigers a 35-23 lead with Baker and Quinn up next.
Steubenville Central advanced to the title bout with a thrilling, 39-38, triumph over Caldwell in which the Redskins forfeited the last match while leading by five.
Toronto defeated Caldwell, 48-30, in the consolation finals.
IN Class 5-A, Big Red bounced back from being throttled by Claymont a night earlier as they lost a mere two matches on the night, while giving up a pair of forfeits.
The Huskies' Dennis Forrester prevailed by a 4-2 count over Dakota Goff at 120, while Brandon Foster won by forfeit.
"I thought we did fairly well despite having five starters at home with sicknesses, not that it would've mattered in either match," Harrison Central head coach Bill Bryant said. "We've come a long way from the start of the season."
In the semis, Harrison Central ousted Oak Glen 39-24 by using three forfeits and a pair of pins to build a comfortable, 36-6, advantage.
The Purple Riders claimed third place when they rallied past the Golden Bears, 34-32, on a pin by James Wise in the final match.
"That was a pretty exciting way to end the night," Martins Ferry head coach Scott Roth noted.
"We knew coming in that we had our hands full with Big Red in the first round, but we wrestled decent."
In a re-match of an OVAC Tournament championship bout, Steubenville's Anthony Craig once again defeated Martins Ferry's Damon Outward, this time by an 8-5 count.
Only one Purple Rider, Jonathan Bodkin (285), went 2-0.
He was the lone winner on the mat against Big Red. Trevor Neavin (120) earned a forfeit.
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