Tuttle gets 100th win in Big Red’s victory
STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville wrestling team continued its dual-meet dominance and flexed its OVAC muscles at the Crimson Center on Wednesday by turning away visiting Wheeling Park, 54-14.
The win kept Big Red, currently ranked eighth at Ohio Division II, undefeated in duals. It also yielded a major achievement for one Steubenville wrestler, as junior David Tuttle earned his 100th career victory.
Tuttle (182) wasted no time reaching the milestone, registering a pin of Charlie Tamburin in just 39 seconds and adding to the already decisive Big Red lead. Steubenville led 45-14 before Tuttle took the mat.
The Patriots managed to keep things close through the early matches (the meet started at 220 pounds) and led 10-9 after four contests, but Wheeling Park went on to win just one more match. Meanwhile, Big Red rolled, taking nine out of the next 10.
“Wheeling Park always has a great program with great kids and we had a great dual with them at the Park Duals,” Steubenville head coach Mike Blackburn said. “At this point in the season, there’s a lot of illness and injuries going around. That stuff happens, so that’s why you have to wrestle the match. You never know what can happen in a dual.”
Along with Tuttle, Jacson Muldrew (138) and Manny Ware (285) recorded first-period pins for Big Red. Muldrew pinned Steve Mitchell in 1:57 and Ware pinned Calvin McGaha in 1:01.
Freshman Brandon Kinney (170) also put up six points for Steubenville when he pinned Jeremiah Timberlake late in the third. Timberlake had a 2-1 lead as the third period ticked away, having answered Kinney’s escape with a reversal midway through the third. But with time running out, Kinney reversed position and drove Timberlake’s shoulders to the mat with just 21 seconds remaining.
Steubenville’s Anthony Shevlin (106) earned a 10-3 victory over Cody Walsh, Aaron Ferguson (120) defeated Maison Richardson, 5-0, and Keifer Bodnar (195) defeated Jermain Snodgrass, 11-5. It was Ferguson’s win that started the deciding run and gave the hosts the lead for good.
Anthony Rice, the top-seeded wrestler in the OVAC and in Ohio Division II at 152, also netted a decision, defeating Bill Gooch, 10-5.
“You have to have a good game plan against a good wrestler like Anthony,” Wheeling Park first-year coach Brian Leggett said. “We had a good one. We kept it close point-wise. We just couldn’t get a takedown when we needed it.”
Peyton Blaskso (126), Bill Murray (132) and Ethan Pappas (160) all won via forfeits for Big Red.
For the Patriots, senior Dylan Wood (220) recorded a second-period pin, while Cody Taggart (113) and Andrew Shelek (145) won major decisions.
Big Red returns to action this weekend at the Burgettstown Invitational. The Patriots are also back on the mat, Friday, when they trek to New Manchester to take on Oak Glen in a dual meet.
(Sports writer Kim North contributed to this story.)
Steubenville 54, Wheeling Park 14
220: Dylan Wood (WP) pinned Peyton Tuttle, 1:48.
285: Manny Ware (S) pinned Calvin McGaha, 1:01.
106: Anthony Shevlin (S) d. Cody Walsh, 10-3.
113: Cody Taggert (WP) maj. dec. Rydge Hale, 11-0.
120: Aaron Ferguson (120) d. Maison Richardson, 5-0.
126: Peyton Blasko (BR) forfeit.
138: Jacson Muldrew (BR) pinned Steve Mitchell, 1:57.
145: Andrew Shelek (WP) maj. dec. Zane Minella, 16-3.
152: Anthony Rice (BR) d. Billy Gooch, 10-5.
160: Ethan Pappas (BR) forfeit.
170: Brandon Kinney (BR) pinned Jeremiah Timberlake, 5:39.
182: David Tuttle (BR) pinned Charlie Tamburin, 0:39.
195: Keith Bodnar (BR) d. Jermain Snodgrass, 11-5.