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Trio of Wrestlers Come Up Short In Quest for State Title
HUNTINGTON — A trio of Ohio Valley wrestlers came up short in their quest for state championships Saturday night as the 71st annual West Virginia state tournament wound up its three-day stay inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Wheeling Park’s Andrew Shelek and the John Marshall duo of Anthony Carman and Jacob Berisford all lost championship finals matches.
Shelek dropped a 10-2 nod to Parkersburg’s Stephen Carder at 145. The Patriots’ sophomore trailed 2-0 after one but gave up six points in the second period.
He ended the season 5-2 and is 17-5 in his injury-plagued career.
“Andrew had a great state tournament for only wrestling two weeks,” Wheeling Park coach Clay Tucker said. “He didn’t even compete until regionals and still made it to the state finals. We knew he had the skill set. He just came up short against a very good wrestler.”
Carder improved to 117-58.
Carman, the Region One titlist, dropped a 3-1 decision to Parkersburg South’s Zane Hinzman, who avenged a 2-1 overtime reversal in the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament finals in mid-January.
Hinzman led 2-0 after one period before adding an escape in the second for a 3-0 lead. Carman escaped in the third period for his lone point.
Carman finished the season 44-6. The junior is 113-22 for his career.
Berisford fell 12-1 to Washington’s Cameron Pine, who repeated as a state champ.
The Monarchs’ junior was 35-11 this season and is 82-57 for his career.
“We came up a little short (Saturday), but I’m proud of them nonetheless,” John Marshall coach Ted Zervos said. “It’s been a very good state tournament for us. We brought 10 guys and 10 guys won at least one match and we had five placers.”
The good news for Zervos is that everyone returns next season.
“We have a really bright future ahead of us,” Zervos said. “My assistant coaches Ryan Asbury, Nate Skrzypek and Paden Morris all did a wonderful job of developing the kids and bringing them along. They deserve a lot of credit for the success we have had.”
JM hasn’t had a state champion since Taylor Potts won at 215 in 2007.
Other Patriots earning a spot on the podium were junior Maison Richardson (120 — 6th); freshman Billy Gooch (132 — 3rd); classmate Stevie Mitchell (138 — 4th); senior Austin Lowe (195 — 3rd) and junior Dylan Wood (220 — 3rd).
Richardson finished 35-16, while Gooch was 36-14 and Mitchell 36-15. Lowe, a runnerup last winter, fashioned a 44-7 record and Wood, a third-placer a year ago, ended up 40-8.
The Monarchs also placed sophomore Ethan Gray (113 — 5th); junior Austin Love (132 — 4th) and classmate Brady Williams (285 — 5th).
Gray ended up 31-15, while Love was 31-18 and Williams was 33-17.
Wheeling Park finished fifth with 108 points. John Marshall was two spots behind with 92.