John Marshall Wins Cameron Invitational
CAMERON — After an impressive showing at the Park Duals on Dec. 28-29, John Marshall went right back to business and started the new calendar year with a bang.
The Monarchs qualified three wrestlers to the championship round as they secured first place with 209.5 points at the Cameron Alumni Invitational on Saturday.
“Overall, the team wrestled very, very well,” John Marshall coach Ted Zervos said. “I was pleased with a lot of things that I saw. This is a nice tournament because it has excellent individuals and kids that are not as experienced, so everybody gets good competition.
“They have an opportunity to win some. They have the opportunity to go against some really good kids. That’s what you ask for.”
Oak Glen (176 points) was runner-up in the 22-team event, as it showcased four of its athletes in championship bouts.
Rounding out the top-5 teams were Fairmont Senior (156.5), East Fairmont (140.5) and Keyser (111).
“I was happy how we came down and wrestled,” Oak Glen coach Pat McGillian said. “This is a big tournament for our region for the end of the year.
“We had a young group and we hadn’t seen too many of these teams yet. We had to come down and wrestle well, and we did.”
It was just another day at the office for one Monarchs veteran. Anthony Carman (182) cruised through his weight class as he won by major decision, 13-1, over East Fairmont’s Nate Kotsko to give John Marshall its second individual victory.
Ethan Gray turned in arguably the performance of the day for the Monarchs. The junior secured his spot on the top of the podium of the 126-pound weight class. He also won by major decision over St. Marys’ Wiley Houser, 14-3.
“Ethan Gray probably wrestled the best that I’ve seen him all season,” Zervos said. “Anthony just continues to be dominant.
“I’m pleased with the overall team dynamics. They were very supportive of each other.
“After all that, everybody was feeding off each other. We have a pretty experienced group of upperweights. Our lightweights are very competitive and I feel like they also look to win it all. They came in with that attitude.”
For the Golden Bears, Shawn Moore (113), Peyton Hall (138) and Jonathan Creese pocketed individual championships.
Moore won by decision over East Fairmont’s Blake Boyers, 2-0; Hall pinned Keyser’s Brendan Pattison and Creese won by decision over Bridgeport’s Aidan Gibson, 7-2.
Kyler O’Connor (195) made it to the final match in his bracket, but settled for silver as Brandon Nicholson of Notre Dame won by decision, 7-3.
“They set themselves up nice,” McGillian said. “The ones that took care of business, they’ll be happy with their seeding come February, and the ones that did not will have to do a little more work to set themselves up.”
Austin Love was the third Monarch to qualify to a championship match, but ended up getting runner-up as he was pinned by Lane Flint of East Fairmont.
Cameron’s Ian Bush won the 170-pound weight class while teammate Colton Dobbs (160) secured silver in the match before him.
Bush won by decision over Bridgeport’s Josh Wojciechowicz, 6-1. Dobbs fell in a hard-fought match to Bridgeport’s Austin Gibson, 11-6.
Weir’s Wyatt Conley claimed second place in the 126-pound weight class as Mike Jones of Fairmont Senior won by decision.
“Our schedule is very demanding,” Zervos said. “We have North Canton, Parkersburg South, Park Duals, this tournament. Our goal is just to wrestle the best competition all season long so when we get to the big tournaments like OVACs and the state tournament, that the kids are well-prepared.”
The other winners were East Fairmont’s Geno Casuccio (106), Keyser’s Tyler Mason (152), Bridgeport’s Kavaughn Summers (220) and Fairmont Senior’s Zack Frazier (285).