Park Captures Dual Meet Title
WHEELING — Wheeling Park captured its first Wheeling Park Dual Meet Tournament championship in over 10 years Wednesday afternoon, defeating University in the championship match inside WesBanco Arena.
The Patriots last won their host event in 2007. They claimed the title Wednesday by toppling the Hawks 46-24.
“It’s great,” Park coach Brian Leggett said. “This event is a whole team effort from parents, to coaches, to the community coming together just to help us organize this and get it together.
“It’s been a long time since we won this event so it feels really good.”
The championship match was extra sweet as the Patriots were able to avenge a loss they took against the Hawks a couple of weeks ago.
“I would say we’re the two top teams in the state right now,” Leggett said. “They actually came to us a couple of weeks ago and beat us so being able to get that revenge and win that dual meant a lot.”
Leggett cited wins by Noah White and Jack Lowe early in the match that got the Patriots off to a good start.
“We started off big with our 106 (pound) Noah White coming through,” Leggett said. “Then being able to get Jack Lowe back in the lineup after he missed that match last time we wrestled them was big, and that was a nine-point swing there.”
A nice moment in the dual came when senior Gabe Carman picked up a win in the 160-pound weight class. It was the 100th win of his career, which received a nice cheer from the Wheeling Park faithful.
“Gabe Carman had a really big win against a good guy at 160 and it was his 100th win too, so it was just like icing on the cake,” Leggett said. “He’s done really well for us. He’s actually just dropped down to 160 (pounds), this is his first time at 160 to see how he wrestles there and he wrestled lights out for us this week.”
Leggett also praised upperclassmen Nate Shelek and Eric Brothers who both picked up pins against University and went undefeated in the event.
With Park and University taking the top two spots, John Marshall battled Waynedale in the third place match. The Monarchs fell 45-21 and finished in fourth place, but coach Ryan Asbury was pleased with his team’s performance overall.
“We had a rough start yesterday and dropped a match that I thought the boys were capable of winning but I’m very, very pleased with how they bounced back and rallied these two days,” Asbury said. “There’s a lot of tough teams here so I’m glad they were able to battle.
“Waynedale’s always a tough team. I think they wrestle very similar to our style so I think we always match up well and it’s always a fun battle.”
Asbury especially liked the showings from some of his younger wrestlers.
“Klypsan Wallace went undefeated as a freshman who’s been working very hard for us,” Asbury said. “The young guys as a whole I saw a lot of growth out of. Carter Adkins took some losses but he battled hard every single match.”
He also praised Mason Orndoff on a nice win in the match against Waynedale and Ethan Cook, who faced off against several wrestlers ranked in both W.Va. and Ohio throughout the event and was able to pick up some wins.
St. Albans finished in fifth with Mayfield, Canfield, Jackson Massillion, Loveland and Massillion rounding out the top 10.