St. C. Stays Perfect

Photo by Kim North St. Clairsville’s Reese Skaggs earns a pin during Wednesday’s home sweep of Caldwell and Meadowbrook.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — When the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference announced the cancellation of its Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships due to the global COVID pandemic, it put more emphasis on dual meets themselves as they will determine the three division champions.

Wednesday night on John Jenkins Court, St. Clairsville (7-0) remained perfect on the season with convincing victories over visiting Caldwell and Meadowbrook. The Red Devils blasted the Redskins 70-6 before romping past the Colts, 72-10.

“Obviously, they are very important this season. When I started re-vamping our schedule due to COVID, I just wanted to get our kids the best matchups possible,” St. Clairsville head coach Joel Sansone said. “With there not being any major tournaments, it’s all about the duals. We had to get the kids to buy-in to the fact that the duals are important, and they are. It’s a team win now so everyone has to do their part to help the team.

“Hopefully, at the end of the season, the standings will take care of themselves.”

St. Clairsville was in second place behind Beaver Local in Class 4A entering last night. The Beavers were 12-0.

Five different Red Devils recorded a pair of pins each. They were Gannon Kazmirski (106/113); Caden Stout (145), Mason McCort (152), Nathan Witsberger (160) and Jacob Walker (182). Kazmirskiás falls came in 30 and 52 seconds, while McCort needed 1:00 and 58-seconds. Stoutás pins came in 1:11 and 1:32. Walker had a 58-second fall and another in 3:29 and Witsberger won in 1:59 and 5:13.

Senior standouts Koen Kish (132) and Reese Skaggs (220) each had pins in less than a minute. Koen won in 28 seconds against Meadowbrook, while Skaggs needed 56 ticks against Caldwell.

âWeáre improving each and every time we take the mats, whether it be in practice or during a dual,ã Sansone continued. âThe kids are working harder and harder every day.ã

Senior Austin DaRe (170) recorded his 100th career win when he posted a 12-2 major decision against Caldwell.

St. Clairsville is back in action Saturday at noon when it hosts Athens, Harrison Central and Newcomerstown.

Barnesville 57, Martins Ferry 24

AT BARNESVILLE, the youthful Shamrocks (6-4) won the first eight bouts — all by pin — and never looked back in rolling past the visiting Purple Riders (2-4).

A.J. Francis (132) had the quickest of the falls as he needed a mere 12 ticks. Other first-period pins came from Reese Skaggs (106, 45 seconds); Griffen Stephen (120, 0:27); Logan Tague (138, 0:29) and Caiden Thornton (145, 0:40). Dakota King (113, 2:53), Skyler King (126, 1:34), Robby Nixon (152, 1:02) and Ayden Hannahs (182, 3:30) also won by falls.

Cameron Woods (170) earned a decision.

Martins Ferryás George Hulsey (160, 1:43), Kameron Hughes (195, 3:36), Zak Dobson (220, 2:10) and Zeke Bruney (285, 0:19) all won by pin.

Martins Ferry treks to Morristown Saturday for a noon triangular with Philo.


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