Shadyside repeats as OVAC?dual champ

STEUBENVILLE – Shadyside claimed the Bill Hinegardner OVAC Dual Meet OVAC Class 1A/2A wrestling championship Thursday night with a 39-36 win over Caldwell in the finals and 56-22 over River in the semifinals inside Steubenville High School’s Crimson Center.

Toronto took home third place with a 40-28 victory against River after losing 41-30 to Caldwell in the semifinals.

Drew Lowery led the Red Knights with a pin of River’s Luke Matusik in the consolation match after defeating Caldwell’s Sheldon Archer in the semifinals. Donnie Starkey had a major decision over River’s Chase Schultheis to go with a forfeit while Max Tice and Charles Ross III each had a decision win and a forfeit.

Steubenville added another trophy to its case in Class 4A.

About three weeks after Big Red claimed the 4A team title at the Ron Mauck Championships in Wheeling, Big Red came out and and won its second straight 4A dual meet title with a 48-30 finals win over St. Clairsville after a 42-29 semifinals win over Oak Glen. This was only the second year for the dual meet tournament.

In the finals Big Red received wins by pin from Branden Jones at 170 pounds and William Poplowski at 285 pounds. Both Jones and Poplowski won by pin in their semifinal matches as well. At 113, Tariq Wilson tech falled St. Clairsville’s Alex Timko 19-4 in the finals after pinning Danny Wyke of Oak Glen in the semifinals. Shawn Livingston (145) picked up a win by tech fall (17-2) over Logan Thompson in the finals and by majority decision (11-1) over Patrick Arneault in the semifinals. Big Red’s 120-pounder Dakota Goff pinned Donte Vincenzo in the finals and beat Robert Bozek 9-4 in the semifinals.

Another wrestler that stood out for Big Red was Niko Moray at 152 pounds. After a disappointing night against Cambridge Wednesday he bounced back in a big way to help Big Red bring home another team trophy.

Oak Glen took home third place with a 48-15 win over Harrison Central in the 4A consolation match. The Golden Bears took firm control of the match with three consecutive pins by Shuman, Will Hogan (160), and Devon Chadwick (170).

Nick Tice (138) and Lakota Grimes (182) each picked up pin in the semifinals against Big Red. Tice won by decision in the consolation match while Josh Cornell (126) won by decision against Harrison Central and by tech fall against Big Red.

Hunter Pizzino (132) took home a pair of victories with a pin of St. Clairsville’s Colton Stevens and a decision over Oak Glen’s Avery Flowers.