Barnesville mat invite opens tonight

Established in 1969 as one of the first Invitational tournaments in the tri-state area, the 43rd annual Doan Ford-Barnesville Wrestling Invitational will take to the mats this weekend in Shamrock Land.

A total of 18 teams will converge on western Belmont County today and Saturday. Today began with weigh-ins at 2:30 p.m., with wrestling action to begin at 4:30 with first-round matchups. Quarterfinal action is set for 6:30 p.m., and first-round consolation matches will take place at 8:15.

On Saturday, weigh-ins are scheduled for 8 a.m., with wrestling to begin two hours later with championship semifinals. Consolation matches will highlight the afternoon session, with the championship finals to start at approximately 4:30 p.m.

In addition the host Shamrocks, other schools competing include Beallsville, Columbus Bishop Hartley, Bridgeport, Caldwell, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Claymont, Conotton Valley, Martins Ferry, Meadowbrook, Monroe Central, Morgan, Newcomerstown, River, Sandy Valley, Shenandoah, St. Clairsville, Tuscarawas Valley and Union Local.

The Mustangs lead the way with five top-seeded wrestlers, while Caldwell and Sandy Valley have two each. The Seminoles, Pilots and Red Devils have one No. 1 seed, as does Morgan and Tuscarawas Valley.

Taking the top line for Monroe Central is senior Zac Potts (152), while River’s No. 1 seed is Devin Talbott (145). The Red Devils’ top seed is Dalton Nolte (160).

“This is a true double-elimination format,” Tournament Director Jeff Crosier explained. “All wrestlers will be guaranteed at least two bouts, with the lone exception being when all 18 schools have an entrant in the 16-team bracket. Pigtail matches will be used in those situations, with the winner advancing and the loser being eliminated.”

Trophies will be presented to the first and second place teams. A plaque will be presented to the the Most Outstanding Wrestler and the top four individuals in each weight class. A plaque will also be given to the wrestler with the most pins in the shortest amount of time in the championship bracket only.

Admission is $5 per session for adults and $4 per session for students.

For more information, contact Crosier at (740) 425-3617, ext. 5102 or Athletic Director Mark Cook at (740) 425-3617, ext. 5111.

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