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South’s Hill, Shadyside’s Quin Honored as OVAC OVAC Wrestlers of Year

March 10, 2013
By Dr. Bill Welker , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Today, I have the extreme pleasure of announcing Wheeling News-Register's 26th Annual "OVAC Ohio and West Virginia Wrestlers of the Year."

The honorees are determined by a committee of five Ohio Valley wrestling enthusiasts, which includes and is chaired by yours truly. As always, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Hinegardner (1984 Mr. Mat), Ron Mauck (1986 Mr. Mat), Dan Doyle (2005 Mr. Mat), and Dick Wolf for graciously volunteering to serve on this selection board. I have never worked with a more sincere and honorable group of men.

The recipients must be seniors and are chosen on the basis of personal wrestling accomplishments over their entire scholastic careers. This year's winners are Parkersburg South's Lance Hill and Alex Quinn of Shadyside.

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* West Virginia AAA State Champion (2012)

* Three-Time West Virginia State Placewinner (2011-12-13)

Fact Box

The following are the past Ohio and West Virginia recipients of the prestigious OVAC Wrestlers of the Year Award:

1988 John Crain, Oak Glen

Rick Burlenski, Bridgeport

1989 Dave Wood, Cameron

Dunyasha Yetts, Steubenville

1990 Ed Neely, Weirton Madonna

Babe Sidon, Martins Ferry

1991 Eric Potts, Cameron

Scott DeYarmon, Buckeye Local

1992 R. C. Anderson, Cameron

John Gilbeaut, Union Local

1993 Ryan Dudas, Cameron

Kelly Shields, Edison

1994 Chad Burge, Cameron

Ryan Slack, Shadyside

1995 Jason Taylor, Wheeling Park

Brian Roskovich, Bridgeport

1996 Josh Giovengo, Bishop Donahue

Eric Anderson, Bellaire St. John's

1997 Dewitt Stanley, Brooke

Sean Doyle, Buckeye Local

1998 Chad Pratz, Linsly

Travis Clark, Union Local

1999 Alex McClung, Oak Glen

Matt Salsberry, East Liverpool

2000 Steve Ochap, Wheeling Park

Scott Roth, Martins Ferry

2001 Eric Noel, Oak Glen

Cole Bowersock, Beaver Local

2002 Derrick Sickles, Oak Glen

John Tierney, Martins Ferry

2003 Phil Bliss, Brooke

David Berolino, Buckeye Local

2004 Casey Hughes, Cameron

Koel Davia, Union Local

2005 Dustin Richey, John Marshall

Clay Tucker, Martins Ferry

2006 Rhett Northcraft, Oak Glen

Willie Saxton, Buckeye Local

2007 Ronnell Green, Wheeling Park

James Myers, Indian Creek

2008 Zach Basich, Wheeling Central

Bryan Skoff, Bridgeport

2009 Dirk Bauer, Wheeling Park

Robbie Chilson, Bellaire

2010 Max Nogay, Weirton Madonna

Dylan Ice, Beaver Local

2011 Kyle Bauer, Wheeling Park

Dominic Prezzia, St. Clairsville

2012 David Jeffrey, Parkersburg South

Jeremy Border, Caldwell

2013 Lance Hill, Parkersburg South

Alex Quinn, Shadyside

* Three-Time West Virginia AAA Region I Champion


* Three-Time Ron Mauck OVAC Champion (2011-12-13)

* Career Record: 158-22

* Senior Record: 34-4 (19 pins)

* Grade Point Average: 2.75

* College Aspirations: Lance plans to pursue a career in education and coach wrestling.

* Head Coach: Donna Dixon

* Assistant Coaches: Gary Porter, Kevin Dixon, Chris Hill, David Jeffrey, Jeremy Layner, Jason Marks, Dean Moore, Chad Porter, John Price, Kenney Richards, and Shaun Smith.


* 2013 Ohio Division III State Champion

* Two-Time Ohio Division III State Placewinner (2012-2013)

* Two-Time OVAC Champion (2012-2013)

* Two-Time Ohio District Champion (2012to 2013)

* Career Record: 127-6

* Senior Record: 45-0

* Career Plans: Alex is undecided at this time.

* Head Coach: Scott Kinemond

* Assistant Coach: Kurt Glasser

Mat Salute

Special "kudos" are addressed to the following 2013 OVAC individual state champion - Shadyside's Alex Quinn.

Coaching Honors

Congratulations to Steubenville's Coach Mike Blackburn, his staff, and the "Big Red" wrestling team for winning the 2013 Ron Mauck OVAC Over-All Team Title.

Official's Corner

This year four OVAC referees were selected to officiate the West Virginia and Ohio state wrestling tournaments.They are Jim Copney, Ray Marling, and Ken McWilliams in the Mountain State, along with former area official Chris Diserio.

Many congratulations are extended to all four of these fine OVAC officials.

Larry Deaton, the dean of Ohio Valley wrestling officials, served as supervisor of the score table officials at the West Virginia State Championships.

Mat Message

"Talent is God-Given; Be Humble.

Fame is Man-Given; Be Grateful.

Conceit is Self-Given; Be Careful."

John Wooden

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