Rayland-Buckeye Local flexes muscle, wins Doan Ford Invite


Doan Ford Wrestling Invitational
Rayland-Buckeye Local may have been missing three wrestlers Saturday but it didn't hamper the Panthers effort at the Doan Ford Wrestling Invitational. The Panthers placed nine wrestlers en route to winning the team title by 85 points. Trailing in the distance were Indian
Valley (239), Carroll-Bloom Carroll (232), Shadyside (204) and
Belmont-Union Local (204).

MORRISTOWN – Ohio Division II power Rayland-Buckeye Local flexed its muscles Saturday at the Doan Ford Wrestling Invitational. Under the the helm of new head coach Nate Skrzypek, the high octane Panthers exploded in the final round of competition placing nine grapplers.

“We wrestled real well today, but it could have been better,” Skrzypek about his team's performance. “We were actually missing three starters due to injury and not being at weight yet.”

Skrzypek's missing pieces of the puzzle didn't seem to change the picture as the Panthers (324) dominated their competitors, winning the team trophy by 85 points. Trailing in the distance were Indian Valley (239), Carroll-Bloom Carroll (232), Shadyside (204) and Belmont-Union Local (204).

“The points don’t matter,” a satisfied Skrzypek offered. “I like to see my kids wrestle and wrestle hard. The accolades are nice, but I was happier to get to see my guys — varsity and junior varsity — get some time on the mat.”

Claiming the most individual titles were Skrzypek's Panthers with three – Cody Wiltshire (112), Mike Kendjorsky (119) and Mike Slaga (140).

Continuing his trek back towards the state tourney was D-III's Bryan Skoff of Bridgeport. Coming off a pair of wins in Friday night's dual meet with Letcher County Central High School (Ky.), the senior tacked on five wins this weekend with the big one being in the finals against Nathan Schaal of Rayland Buckeye Local.

“That was the one we wanted today because that will be for the seed at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament,” Bridgeport coach Ross Roskovich said. Schall knocked off Skoff in last year’s OVAC tournament.

Skoff led heading into the final period, 5-2, but Schall made a reversal to bring the score within one. Skoff was able to hold on for the one-point win giving him the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for the tournament.

Also recording an individual title for Bridgeport was teammate Sean West. The 285-pounder was quicker on his feet than in the past to help record his first high school tournament gold.

“Sean has come a long way,” Roskovich said. “He needs to continue to work hard and strengthen his work ethic. He has a lot of potential and can go as far as he wants to.”

Another team having an individual gold medal winner was Division Byesville-Meadowbrook's Brandon Conrad. The 125-pounder powered through Indian Valley's Tyler Beckley in three panels for his title.

In Ohio D-III, Belmont-Union Local and Hannibal-River also recorded two champions.

Returning Jets' state place winner Chase Clark notched five more wins to his ledger this season, recording a pin in his finals match against Rayland-Buckeye Local’s Brandon Bartrug. Following in his teammates good fortune, senior Jake Davis locked up Carroll-Bloom Carroll’s Alan Weisberger for a first period pin.

For the Pilots, coach Chuck Baker’s smiles came later in the day as junior Payden Stewart (171) and senior Troy Starr (189) took home top honors.

“Those two guys wrestled real well,” Baker said. “Troy is a class act on the mat.If he keeps his head on straight he can beat a lot of guys this season.”

Stewart's trail to gold was a rather short one not allowing a match to go past 30 seconds.

Another D-II state qualifier claiming top honors was Shadyside junior Johnny Merryman (152). The Tiger three-sport athlete continues to turn heads as he defeated Genadenhutton-Indian Valley Tony Hursey in a 4-1 bout.

Another D-II athlete taking top honors was Bloom Carroll's Brandon Smith. The 125-pounder beat out Indian Valley's Aaron McMahon in three periods.

Also claiming first place honors were Kyle Bauer (103) and Zack Basich (145) of Wheeling Central (W.Va.).

Team Results

Rayland-Buckeye Local 324, Indian Valley 239, Bloom Carroll 232, Shadyside 204, Belmont-Union Local 200, Hannibal-River 185, Byesville-Meadowbrook 138, Bridgeport 118, Wheeling Central 103

Weight Class Results:

103 — Kyle Bauer 6-0 (WC), Adam Ankon 4-2 (BC), Josh Bartrug 2-4 (RIV)
112 — Cody Wiltshire 4-1 (BL), Justin Cattran 4-1 (BC), Ed Lohotay 4-1 (MEAD), Bryan Crozier 2-3 (SH)
119 — Mike Kendjorky 5-0 (BL), Cody Thomas 4-1 (BC), Davy Wilson 3-2 (UL), Kyle Lawyer 2-3 (IV)
125 — Brandon Smith 5-0 (BC), Aaron McMahon 4-1 (IV), Jacob Hilliard 4-1 (BL), Derek Sisk 2-3 (MEADx)
130 — Chase Clark 5-0 (UL), Brandon Bartrug 4-1 (BL), James Pettry 3-2 (BC), Thane Rizor 2-3 (IV)
135 — Brandon Conrad 5-0 (MEAD), Tyler Beckley 4-1 (IV), Mitch Friede 3-2 (UL), Tim Nieb 2-3 (BL)
140 — Mike Slaga 5-0 (BL), Chase Burcher 4-1 (IV), Shane Lang 3-2 (IVx), Jonathan Smith 2-3 (MEAD)
145 — Zack Basich 5-0 (WC), Justin Clendenin 4-1 (SH), Derek Supanik 3-2 (BL), Brent Kirk 2-3 (BLx)
152 —Johnny Merryman 5-0 (SH), Tony Hursey 4-1 (IV), Andy Sigler 3-2 (UL), Chris Cooper 2-3 (BC)
160 — Bryan Skoff 5-0 (BDP), Nathan Schaal 4-1 (BL), Bo Gilmore 3-2 (IV), Kiefer Watson 2-3 (MEAD)
171 — Payden Stewart 5-0 (RIV), Brian Kahl 4-1 (SH), Shane Stroup 3-2 (BC), Todd Devan 3-2 (BDP)
189 — Troy Starr 5-0 (RIV), Adam Macy 3-2 (UL), Jerry Kahl 4-1 (SH), Rylan Pyciak 2-3 (BL)
215 — Jake Davis 5-0 (UL), Alan Weisberger 4-1 (BC), Aaron Silverio 4-1 (SH), Randy Moss 3-2
285 — Sean West 5-0 (BDP), Troy Haslam 5-1 (RIV), Christopher Worwa 3-2 (BL), Eric Neilson 2-3 (UL)

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