Wheeling Park Wrestling Defeats John Marshall
Patriots down Monarchs, 42-27
WHEELING — Wheeling Park earned five decisions, three pins and a forfeit in beating visiting John Marshall on Wednesday at Park in a 42-27 contest.
“From the bottom of the lineup to the top, everybody went out there and gave 100 percent and wrestled the way they do in practice,” Park coach Clay Tucker said. “I am happy with the performance and everybody improved.”
The Patriots were led by the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the OVAC in the 160 weight class as John Nash delivered a second period pin. Nash garnered five takedowns in the match.
The other two pins for Park came from key members of the team as Andrew Shelek and Kaleb Simpkins secured pins in the 132 and 170 classes, respectively.
Jeremiah Timberlake came away with a big win for Park at 145 with a 12-3 decision that impressed Tucker.
“The guys we count on, Nash, Simpkins and Shelek, went out there and did what they were supposed to do,” Tucker said. “One guy who stood out for me was (Jeremiah) Timberlake. He went out there and finished in the third period and got a major decision when we really needed it.
“Our guys went out and wrestled tough. The word tough is a word that really describes our team this year.”
Winning by major decision for the Patriots were Cannon Welker (113) by a 9-1 count, Mason Miklas (182) by a 9-3 score, Maison Richardson (126) by a final of 7-1 and Dylan Wood (220) with a 8-0 shutout, while Austin Loew won by forfeit in the 195 weight class.
“Park is always well prepared,” Monarchs coach Ted Zervos said. “They wrestled very well and aggressive. I like their intensity and we fell short of matching their intensity.”
John Marshall gathered four wins by pinfall as Anthony Carmen (138), Izak Wiley (152) and Nathan Simmons (285) all finished their matches in the second period and Jordan Wood collected a first period pin in the 120 division.
Ethan Gray won with a 13-6 decision in the 106 class for the Monarchs.
“We had a good performance (Wednesday),” Zervos said. “I didn’t feel that we were aggressive enough but our kids wrestled smart and with great effort. I would just like to see more intensity.
“Overall, everyone went out there with a good gameplan. Some of them fell short of what the final result should have been but we are a young team and this is just a little quiz to see where we are at this point of the year.”
John Marshall hosts Preston, Cameron and Brooke on Saturday at 12 p.m., while Wheeling Park travels to the North Canton Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
“We want to take this momentum into North Canton, which is probably the toughest tournament of the year.” Tucker said. “Then, everything is geared up for the OVAC Tournament and the state tournament.”