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OVAC Wrestling

Wrestlers must sacrifice a lot for their sport

... on the Ultimate Sacrifice Sport What I’m about to share with you are factual events that only wrestlers will truly understand. It is the story of my personal sacrifices as a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania which is only a microcosm of what all committed matmen in my day ...

Bridgeport seeks to compete in Class 2A field

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer BRIDGEPORT — Things are looking up for the Bridgeport wrestling team. Fifth-year head coach David Nelson has done a tremendous job of getting the numbers back up to par for the youthful Bulldogs as they will fill 12 of the 14 weight classes ...

Park’s Nash looks to repeat

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer WHEELING — Wheeling Park is a very well respected wrestling program, both in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and the state of West Virginia. The Patriots will be seeking their seventh overall title and second Class 5A championship when the ...

Union Local ready to endure at OVAC

By RICK THORP Times Leader Sports Writer MORRISTOWN — Zach Powell believes his team endures a tough schedule, so the first-year Union Local head coach hopes his squad is ready to endure the rigors of the 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament. Action begins Thursday night at ...

John Marshall is always a big presence at OVAC

By RICK THORP Times Leader Sports Writer MOUNDSVILLE — Year in and year out, there’s one thing area wrestling fans can count on — John Marshall will have a big presence at the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament. 2016 should be no exception as Head Coach Ted Zervos has a young, ...

Barnesville’s Stephens is optimistic

By RICK THORP Times Leader Sports Writer BARNESVILLE — It’s been an up and down season so far for the Barnesville wrestling team. But as the Shamrocks head into the 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament this week at WesBanco Arena, head coach Jayson Stephen is optimistic that things ...

Bellaire boasts bright future

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor BELLAIRE — Andrew “Chick” LaMotte is a well-respected figure in Ohio Valley wrestling circles. The veteran coach is in his first year as head coach of the Bellaire Big Reds. He is no stranger to the Big Reds mat program as he served as ...

Linsly hopes to continue trend of success

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor WHEELING — Brian Valentine had a vision and dream when he helped ressurect the Linsly School wrestling program in 2013. Thus far, now five years into the program’s reincarnation, the Cadets are actually ahead of schedule. “We’ve ...

Ferry’s Hoover seeks repeat performance

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer MARTINS FERRY — The rebuilding process continues for the Martins Ferry wrestling team. The numbers are slightly up from a year ago, and the quality is even better than last year when a trio of Purple Riders advanced to the Division III state ...

Harrison brings youthful bunch to tourney

By KIM NORTH Times Leader Sports Writer CADIZ — Harrison Central has enjoyed success in past Ron Mauck Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestling tournaments, but veteran head coach Bill Bryant, who has been associated with the program for 17 years, including the last seven as head ...

River, Monroe each enter two wrestlers

By RICK THORP Times Leader Sports Writer River and Monroe Central might be sending small contingents to this week’s Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, but both head coaches are eager to see what kind of impacts they can have on the mat. Pilots boss Chuck Baker and Seminoles mentor ...

Saxton has Buckeye on the road back

By RICK DeLUCA Times Leader Sports Writer Whether it is the intensity at which they competed or the level of preparation that carried them into matches, wrestling seems to be the one sport that good wrestlers become good coaches. Such is the case at Buckeye Local, where success ...

Shadyside shooting for high place; Quinn looks to repeat championship

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor SHADYSIDE — Basically every coach would love to go into a game or event under the radar, if you will. As it pertains to this weekend’s 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, Shadyside isn’t afforded that opportunity. After ...

Red Devils could surprise some people this weekend

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As it pertains to this weekend’s 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, St. Clairsville is a team that many of the pundits aren’t expecting much from as it pertains to the team race. Head coach Joel ...