Quinn captains all T-L wrestling team
The 2016-17 All-Times Leader wrestling team has a lot of familiar faces from years past. Seven of the 13 selections are multiple-time honorees.
Shadyside’s Greg Quinn once again serves as captain of the annual squad, which is determined by state qualifiers and suggestions by area coaches. He is a 4-time member of the prestigious team.
Twelve of the honorees were state qualifiers, with the other being an OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament champion.
A pair of area coaches were cited for what their teams accomplished this season.
A brief capsule on each honoree follows:
QUINN, who wrestled at 120 this season before dropping to 113 for the state tournament, scripted a four-year career for the Tigers unlike any other in program history. He established a school-record for wins with 192 against just 13 setbacks. He was a 2-time Division III state runnerup his junior and senior seasons when he went 56-1 and 50-2, respectively. Of his school-best 192 victories, 118 came via pin. On the flip side, he was only pinned three times in his career.
He finished as Shadyside’s only four-time state placer. He was sixth as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore. He was also a three-time district champion and 4-time sectional titlist. He won the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament as a junior and was a 3-time finalist.
“Greg had an outstanding career for us,” Shadyside head coach Sean Grinch said. “He might not have won a state championship, but he did a lot of good things for this program. He was one of our leaders for four years.”
Quinn, who recorded a first-period pin in the recent OVAC-MAC Clash of Champions, said he is still undecided where he will continue his academic and athletic careers, although he drawing significant attention.
CAIDE BUNFILL, Barnesville — This Shamrocks standout is a three-time honoree as he ended his stellar career with a third-place finish at 220 pounds in the recent state tournament. He was seventh at 195 as a junior. Not bad for a kid that has only been wrestling for four years.
Bunfill was 45-5 as a senior and finished third in the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament.
“Caide had an excellent season,” Barnesville head coach Jayson Stephen said. “For only wrestling for four years, he had quite a career. He made it to Columbus three times and reached the podium twice. Not bad.”
DALTON HOOVER, Martins Ferry — Only a junior, Hoover has been honored three times now.
He finished third at 195 pounds this season while compiling a superb 32-2 mark. He defended his OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament title when he defeated Parkersburg South’s Justin Allman for the second consecutive year.
Hoover is 101-18 for his career and was a state runnerup as a sophomore.
“Dalton fell a little short of his goal this season, but that will only make him hungrier for next year,” Martins Ferry head coach Chas Yoder said. “He was a little injured at times this year, but he battled through them and had a good year.”
HUNTER BODKIN, Martins Ferry — Another junior for the Purple Riders, this is his also third time on the all-star squad.
He placed eighth at 220 as a sophomore and finished this season 37-9, placing second in the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament. He is 107-32 for his career.
“Hunter had a good season but he just couldn’t get to the podium this year,” Yoder noted. “He’s had a good career, but he will also be ready to redeem himself next year.”
TINO KUSIC, Bridgeport — This Bulldogs sophomore is a two-time honoree after going 49-7 this year.
He is a two-time state qualifier and finished third at the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament this season.
Kusic is 85-19 in two seasons.
“Tino has wrestled hard all year and that continued in the postseason which led to his success of winning a sectional title, placing third at districts, and making the state tournament for the second year in a row,” Bridgeport head coach David Nelson said.
DOM WALLACE, Martins Ferry — A senior for the Purple Riders, he was ranked among the top wrestlers in Ohio’s heavyweight ranks for much of the season and proved those prognosticators right with a third-place finish in the state and the OVAC.
Wallace went 45-6 this season and was 85-26 for his career.
“Dom had a fantastic two years as a varsity wrestler,” Yoder said. “He came along really good. He is a really hard worker and I’m proud of what he accomplished in his career.”
JACSON MULDREW, Shadyside — This Tigers’ sophomore has had two excellent seasons in Tiger Town as his 94-14 record indicates. He was fifth in the state this season at 120 after bumping up from 113 late in the year.
He was a sectional and district champion this year and finished third in the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament.
“Jacson really came on this season,” Grinch said. “He scored points from a variety of positions. He is a really hard worker and wrestles year round. I’m looking forward to having him for two more years.”
MASON KUNEFF, Bridgeport — Another promising sophomore for the Bulldogs, he made his first state tournament appearance this season after winning the Division III sectional at Barnesville.
He finished the year 37-10 and is 76-22 in two seasons.
“Mason really came on at the end of the year winning a title at the Panther Classic and the sectional tournament,” Nelson said. “He won four straight matches to make it out of the district tournament to make the state tournament. Mason really turned it on when it mattered.”
GARETT DUNCAN, Bridgeport — A junior who only wrestled for a couple of months came on strong at the end of the season to finish second in the district and qualify for the state tournament.
He was 10-7 this season and is 36-23 for his career.
“Garett did not join the team until late in the season,” Nelson noted. “He worked hard to make up for the lost time and it paid off with him winning a sectional title, finishing runnerup at districts, and making the state tournament.”
DEVIN CRUM, Union Local — This Jets’ senior really came into his own as a senior when he went 42-11 and won several tournaments. He was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Panther Classic.
“Devin is quiet, never complains and works hard in practice,” first-year UL head coach Zack Powell said. “I wish we had about a dozen Devin’s on the team. He had a great career and we are going to miss him next year.”
JOSH KAHL, Shadyside — After three frustrating seasons, he had an outstanding senior season that culminated with him finishing seventh in the state with a 41-7 record. He also won a sectional and district championship, while placing second in the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament, where he placed all four years.
Kahl had a career record of 129-29.
“I’m so happy that Josh finally broke through and got to the state tournament,” Grinch said. “He had a rough career with injuries and such, but he kept battling and that paid off for him this season.”
GAGE GIOVENGO, Linsly — This Cadets’ senior captured the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament heavyweight title despite weighing a little more than 200 pounds.
He finished his career with 108 wins and 81 of those came via pins.
“Gage was a true joy to coach,” Linsly head coach Brian Valentine said. “He’s a true competitor and that showed when he decided to compete at 285 instead of 220.”
Giovengo qualified for the National Prep School Tournament where he won his first two matches.
BRENTON STULL, Harrison Central — A senior for the Huskies, he finished second in the district in qualifying for his first state tournament.
He was 37-11 this season.
“Brenton had a fantastic senior season that culminated in him making the state tournament,” Harrison Central head coach Bill Bryant said. “I was so proud of him. He will be missed because he made sacrifices his entire career that were for the betterment of the team. He’s truly a team player.”
DAVID NELSON, Bridgeport — In his third season as the Bulldogs head coach, he guided them to a Division III sectional tournament second-place finish and had a trio of state qualifiers.
SEAN GRINCH, Shadyside — The Tigers’ fourth-year head coach led his team to its second straight Ohio Dual Team Tournament. Shadyside also won the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament Class A/AA title, the OVAC Bill Hinegardner Class A/AA Dual Meet championship and the Division III sectional crown.