Steubenville in second at OVAC?wrestling after Day 1

WHEELING – All top seeds remain in the championship chase as Day 2 of the 60th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament gets under way today.

Action begins at noon with championship second-round and first- and second-round consolation matches. The second session of the day, beginning at 6 p.m., will contain championship quarterfinal and third- and fourth-round consolations.

”We wrestled OK,” said Steubenville coach Mike Blackburn, whose team had 11 seeded entrants, tied with Parkersburg South for the most.

”It was a good opening day. We didn’t get all the bonus points we might need. I think South pinned their way through except in one weight class.”

That’s true.

The Patriots sent 14 wrestlers to the second round, 13 by pin, in taking the top spot in the standings after the first day.

South finished with 54 points, followed by Steubenville with 49. Beaver Local (39), John Marshall (32) and Wheeling Park (32) round out the top five.

Big Red went 13-1 with the only loss coming at 120 pounds. There, Wheeling Park’s Austin Digiandomenico pinned Michael Pearson in 4:40.

”We got a couple of young guys in the lineup and they all wrestled hard,” Blackburn said. ”(Unseeded) Brandon Jones at 182 got a win.

”We just have to keep plugging along and hopefully we can make up some ground (today).”

Steubenville’s Nico Moray decisioned Toronto’s Drew Lowery, 10-7, at 145. Lowery was one of five No. 8 seeds, and two from Toronto, to fall. Two No. 7 seeds also dropped into the loser’s bracket.

Knocking out seeded opponents in addition to Moray were: Barnesville’s Collin Wilson (106), St. Clairsville’s Alex Timko (113), Parkersburg South’s Braidon Knotts (120), Park’s Jon Roset (132), River’s Brett Rosen (195) and Magnolia’s Alex Newman (285).

All other seeded wrestlers advanced.

Twelve of the 14 top seeds won by pin, including the three from Shadyside (Ian Baker, 145; Alex Quinn, 152; Chase Kinemond, 160), which had the most top seeds with Steubenville.

Of those pins, seven came in under a minute. Park’s Cody Amos (182) had the fastest pin of the night overall at seven seconds, four seconds faster than Steubenville’s Greg Moray.

NOTES: Matt Bostian was presented with the JV/Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

Bostian, a 196 Beaver Local High School graduate and a former state qualifier, oversees the Beavers’ offseason weightlifting and conditioning program.

He’s known for getting the most out of his athletes and encouraging them to go the extra mile in preparing for matches.

Meadowbrook’s Rick Ramage was honored as Junior High Coach of the Year.

Ramage is in his third season as head junior high coach at Meadowbrook where he’s seen his numbers, as well as tournament finishes, steadily rise.

So far this season, Ramage, who has also volunteered to be a table worker at this weekend’s OVACs, has guided his team to an 11-1 dual meet mark and second place finishes at tournaments at Waterford and Indian Valley.

Lou Coffland, a 27-year wrestling official in West Virginia and Ohio, was presented with the Larry Deaton Official of the Year Award.

Coffland, who is officiating this weekend’s OVAC meet with his son, Paul, has worked 24 OVACs, 12 West Virginia regionals, 23 Ohio sectionals, 20 Ohio districts and two Ohio state tournaments.