Shenandoah Wrestling Secures 1A/2A Crown

Photo by Kim North Linsly’s Manauel Suita earns a pin in the 182-pound weight class against Shenandoah’s Chandler Warner on Thursday night.

WELLSBURG — Shenandoah had never won an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championship. The key word being never.

Thursday night inside Brooke High School, the third-seeded Zeps claimed their first title by rallying past top-seeded Linsly, 39-33, in the Bill Hinegardner Class 1A/2A championship match. The title came less than 24 hours after they were knocked out of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Division III Region 22 Team Duals by OVAC rival Barnesville.

“We’ve had a rough week with a lot of travel,” Shenandoah head coach Jesse Wells said. “We went an hour-and-45-minutes south to Nelsonville-York Wednesday night and then came an hour-and-45-minutes north to wrestle a good Caldwell and Linsly teams. We’re very happy. I’m very proud of our kids.”

Linsly, which was the Class 3A event a year ago for its first OVAC mat crown, led 33-27 after Chance Knight pinned his opponent at 195 pounds. But back-to-back pins by Dalton Rice (220) and Easton Hitchens (285) powered the Zeps to the title.

“Our big guys are really good, but so are our little guys,” Wells noted. “We’ve got a good all-around team.”

Linsly head coach Brian Valentine, despite the loss, was happy with his team’s performance.

“It was a great match. The kids fought hard all the way,” he said. “They (Shenandoah) have a solid team. They moved their lineup around just enough to beat us. They came out on top.”

Vic Giovengo (170) received a forfeit that jump-started the Cadets’ late rally. That was followed by pins by Manuel Suita (182) and Knight.

“We were a little short-handed (Thursday), but the kids wrestled their butts off. That’s all I can ask for,” Valentine added.

In the semifinals, Linsly dispatched Cameron, 48-21, while Shenandoah repeated a win over Caldwell from the OHSAA Team Duals, 42-36. The Redskins topped the Dragons for third, 42-24.

GIRLS

Buckeye Local 46

St. Clairsville 40

RAYLAND — Emily Holzopfel led the way with a game-high 25 points as Buckeye Local defeated St. Clairsville.

Megan Valuska added 10 points for the Panthers while Maddie Gill and Angelina Piergallini contributed 12 and 10 rebounds, respetively.

Keri Klinkoski scored 12 to pace the Red Devils. Ari Reager notched nine.

Cameron 76, Hundred 12

CAMERON — Courtney Walker hit a pair of 3s in limited action to surpass 1,000 career points as Cameron raced to a 33-2 lead after a quarter and beat Hundred.

Kelsi Meintel led the way for the Dragons (17-1) with 13 points. Madge Lucey added 12 and Kori Scott contributed 10.

Victoria Hawkins had five points to pace the Hornets.

River 43, Shadyside 42

HANNIBAL — River avenged an earlier setback and got a final tuneup for next week’s OVAC Class 2A Tournament thanks to a hard-earned, victory against Shadyside.

The Pilots trailed throughout much of the game, but outscored the Tigers by two in the fourth to pull out the win.

Candace Caldwell led the Pilots with 13, while junior Lauren Flannery had 12.

Senior Haylee Gregan came off the bench to score nine to pace the Tigers, who are also part of the OVAC 2A tourney field.

Magnolia 60, Ritchie County 54

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Mady Winters poured in a game-high 33 points and ripped down 21 rebounds as Magnolia held off a late rally from Ritchie County.

Kyndra Pilant also had a monster double-double of 18 points and 22 boards for the Blue Eagles (10-7).

Abi Haught and Cassandra Tallman led the Rebels with 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Steubenville Catholic 39

Steubenville 35

STEUBENVILLE — Isabella Oliver secured a team-high 11 points as Steubenville Catholic defeated Steubenville.

For Big Red, MaKayla Abram secured a game-high 12 points while Leah Ferguson had 10.

Indian Creek 64, Brooke 35

WINTERSVILLE — Taylor Jones compiled 16 points while Kylie Kiger netted 13 as Indian Creek defeated Brooke.

For the Bruins, Hope Bowman tallied a game-high 17 points.

Barnesville 45, Caldwell 40

CALDWELL — Annastashia Carpenter netted 14 points as Barnesville downed Caldwell.

Sarah Powell added 12 points for the Shamrocks, while Dulcie Christman had eight points and eight boards.

Kelsey Zwick scored 10 points for the Redskins.

Beallsville 54, Conotton Valley 38

BEALLSVILLE — Ashlie Louden had 20 points as Beallsville topped Conotton Valley.

Ashley Howell added 13 points for the Blue Devils, who’ll play host to Trinity on Monday in an OVAC Class 1A semifinal.

Shenandoah 52

Monroe Central 47

WOODSFIELD — Taylor Franklin scored 19 points and Jaci Clifton had 12 as Shenandoah downed Monroe Central in a PVC contest.

Sierra Rainey paced the Seminoles with 14 points, while Sydney Yoho had 11.

Bridgeport 60, St. John 26

WOLFHURST — Marissa Beal tallied 16 points while Lauren Neel drained all 12 of her points on 3s as Bridgeport defeated St. John.

For the Irish, Kaylin Nixon secured 10 points.

BOYS

Linsly 83, Madonna 79, OT

WEIRTON — Jon Milton led four players in double figures with 14 points as Linsly upsended Madonna in overtime.

Marshall Taylor and Trevin Tush added 12 points apiece for the Cadets (4-12), who outscored the Blue Dons (4-12) by an 11-2 count in the extra session. Jimmy Zecca contributed 13 for Linsly.

Evan Boniti hit five 3-pointers and led the Blue Dons with 17 points. Lucky Pulice scored 16, Tony Sellitti had 14 and Dominic Mazur netted 13.

Toronto 57, Edison 33

RICHMOND — Nate Karaffa tallied 21 points as Toronto defeated Edison.Trillion West was also solid for the Red Knights as he compiled 11.

For the Wildcats, Isaac Schmitz and Alec McBane each netted eight points.

Harrison Central 107

Buckeye Local 52

RAYLAND — Harrison Central topped the century mark as it downed Buckeye Local. Five Huskies scored in double figures as freshman Kobe Mitchell tallied a team-high 19 points while Logan Elliott had 16. Caden Arbaugh contributed with 13 while Chance Hursey and Cale McAfee both netted10.

For the Panthers, Drake Novak had a game-high 25 points.

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