Shamrocks Are Kings Of Class 3A
MOUNDSVILLE — Barnesville and Bellaire met for the third time this season in a dual wrestling meet Friday night. The Belmont County rivals had split the previous pair of bouts.
However, this time the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Bill Hinegardner Duals Class 3A championship was on the line and the Shamrocks weren’t about to settle for another runnerup finish this week. Barnesville, aided by four forfeits, claimed its third title since 2005 with a 41-23 verdict inside the John Marshall Fieldhouse. The Shamrocks also defeated Magnolia, 61-15, in one semifinal.
“I think the kids felt confident they could win,” Barnesville coach Jayson Stephen said. “We got a quote out of the paper from the last time we met, and we put that up on the scale. The kids kind of liked that. After staring at it for a couple of weeks, they wanted to come down and make up for the time we fell short.
“We made up for it and it feels good, but it’s not over yet. We’ve still got to continue getting better. We’re still a young team and that’s no excuse. Injuries and sickness have taken their toll, but every team has that this time of year.”
When asked if this championship made up for the tough loss earlier in the week, he was straight forward.
“No, not really. The kids were disappointed Wednesday night,” Stephen said after they dropped a 42-33 decision to Nelsonville-York in the Division III, Region 22 finals. “I think they knew we should’ve won that match. I broke it down the next day on a dry erase board, subtracting a point here and there and I think they visually got to see that.
“They came out (Friday) and battled tough in every match. I am proud of them.”
Barnesville’s Caeddon Yager (106) and Brayden Reynolds (113) received forfeits to make it 12-0 before Bellaire pulled to within 12-11 on a pin from Joseph Bonfini (120) and a technical fall by Clayton Moore (126). That, however, was as close as the Big Reds got as the Shamrocks reeled off six straight victories to pull away.
Jacob Boulet (132) won by forfeit to start the streak and Dylan Glotfelty (138) followed with a first-period pin in 41 seconds. Cameron Woods (145) and Owen Oliver (152) posted back-to-back decisions before a double forfeit at 160. Brylan Clouse (170) earned a technical fall and Kevin Perdue (182) pinned his opponent, making it 38-17. Zack Meade (220) earned a decision to conclude the Barnesville scoring.
Bellaire’s Cole LaRoche (195) won by pin and Joseph Hoepfner (285) received a forfeit.
“Right now we’re pushing for the sectional tournament and trying to get some of our kids healthy,” Bellaire coach Andrew LaMotte said. “This was an important match, but our main focus is trying to get as many kids to Columbus.
“The four forfeits really hurt, but you’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt.”
Bellaire received a bye to the finals after Crestview, which won the Class 3A crown at the OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament last month, pulled out of the event earlier in the week. There were no other teams qualified for filling the void.
Barnesville also won titles in 2005 and 2016.
Linsly 65, Crestview 40
WHEELING — Jimmy Zecca scored 18 points and added five assists as Linsly raced to a 41-18 halftime lead en route to beating Crestview.
Trevin Tush added 17 points for the Cadets (5-11), who won on consecutive nights. Marshall Taylor scored 11 points and Mikal Warfield-Payne netted 10. Chaz Ghaphery contribnuted six points and six rebounds.
St. Marys 67, Valley 51
PINE GROVE — Evan Lamp hit five of his team’s 11 baskets from 3-point range on his way to a 17 points as St. Marys took down Valley.
Peyton Auxier led the way for the Blue Devils with 18 points. Cameron Miller added 14.
Avery Kinkade and Ethan Greathouse paced the Lumberjacks with 15 points each. Levi Streets checked in with 10.
Wheeling Central 96
Parkersburg Catholic 80
WHEELING–Owen Gainer drained nine 3-pointers, tallied 35 points and reached the 1,000-point milestone in his outstanding career to help lead the Maroon Knights past visiting Parkersburg Catholic.
Brent Price also chipped in with 23 points, while Anthony Robbins turned in 11 points in the win.
Parkersburg South 77
Wheeling Park 60
PARKERSBURG–Alex Vargo delivered 18 points and Jack Stakem tallied 10 but Parkersburg South was too strong as Wheeling Park fell on the road.
Caldwell 71, Beallsville 40
CALDWELL–Chris Hupp amassed 26 points to lead Caldwell past visiting Beallsville.
Wyatt Brown paced the Blue Devils with 10 points.
Bridgeport 65, Barnesville 64
BARNESVILLE–Trevonn Ray led Bridgeport with 18 points a tough road victory over Barnesville.
Macrea Doyle supplied 17 and John Stark added 11 in the win.
Luke Powell paced the Shamrocks with 26 points, followed by Aaron Marovich’s 15 and Tate Dowler’s 13.
Martins Ferry 57, Steubenville 55
MARTINS FERRY–DeAndre Pugh paced the Purple Riders with 17 points in an upset over visiting Steubenville.
Donovan Shrodes accounted for 14 points and Logan Smith added 10 for Ferry.
Devon Smith led the Big Red with 15 points and Josh Zimmerman added 12.
River 75, Magnolia 32
HANNIBAL — Lukas Isaly poured in a game-high 37 points Friday night to lead state-ranked River to victory against Magnolia inside he R. L. Potts Gymnasium.
Leo Herrick paced Magnolia with 23 points.
Cameron 46, Shadyside 44
CAMERON — Josh Zandron scored 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Shadyside fell to Cameron for the second time this season.
Kelly Hendershot added 12 points for the Tigers.
Fort Frye 56, Monroe Central 42
BEVERLY — Grayson Schott sored 16 points as Fort Frye topped Monroe Central in a PVC encounter.
Brayson Schilling added 13 points for the Cadets, while Brady Schilling had 10.
Zac Jones topped the Seminoles with 18 points.
Brooke 57, Weir 56
WEIRTON–Logan Williams led the Bruins to victory with 19 points and Evan Cuomo added 13 as Brooke handed Weir a narrow home loss.
Keyshawn Faulks paced the Red Riders with 19 points and Cam Pierce added 11.
Valley 67, Hundred 10
HUNDRED — Sophie Palmer pumped in a game-high 19 points as Valley took a 36-6 halftime lead in rolling past Hundred.
Jenna Dallison contributed 18 points fo the Lumberjills (9-8) while Tessa Dudgeon contributed 11 and McKinley Yoho netted nine.
Victoria Hawkins led the Hornets with six.