BARNESVILLE — In a dueling battle between two Division II powers, the New Lexington (143.5) mat program fell in four-of-five championship matches to give Cambridge (154) the top team prize at the Emerald Pointe Barnesville Wrestling Invitational Saturday.
“We had some big disappointments in the semifinals with Chad Teague (171) and Kirk Wetherall (189) losing,” Cambridge coach Tom Moore admitted. “After those losses in the semis we were down 30 points.”
Teague's setback came from Cadiz-Harrison Central's Ian Howell. Both very familiar with one another. Howell was able to earn an escape in a 2-1 overtime decision.
“Both guys spent the summer together at a camp at Cleveland State and know each other's style of wrestling too well,” Moore stated. “Chad's a takedown wrestler and didn't wrestle his match. He wasn't as aggressive and tied up a lot playing into Howell's game plan.”
Wetherall's loss came from the likes of an unknown at least on the wrestling mat – Mark Markarkis of Steubenville. A key player in the Big Red football program, Markarkis rolled over Wetherall with a third period pin.
“Being one of the top returners back, I don't think he realized how good this kid from Steubenville was going to be. He was pretty much an unknown,” Moore said about Wetherall's match. “Kirk thought he had the tourney in the bag and this kid came out and worked him. I hope he uses this as a wakeup call because he knows where he wants to be. He is going to have to work harder and get into better shape.”
The losses handed to two of the Bobcats' top wrestlers was a reality check.
“Yes, we were hoping to make the finals in 171 and 189, but those guys didn't wrestle well,” Moore said. “Our guys knew where we were at and knew what they needed to do to come away with the tournament, which was come back through, wrestle hard and take third place.”
Moving back within grasp of the team title entering the final round of competition, the Bobcats' needed to be flawless and get a little help to pull out a title.
“We needed to win our matches in the finals and win head-to-head with New Lexington,” Moore said.
The Bobcats weren't as successful for gold as they would have liked. Paul Rose (125) came away with the only individual title, but Cambridge earned four bronzes – Tyler Berger (130), James Beatty (160), Teague (171) and Wetherall (189). The Panthers' settled for four silvers and that tipped the team score in the Bobcats' favor.
“Paul's win was a big one for us,” Moore said as the three-time state qualifier decisioned fellow state qualifier Nick Risdon of Cadiz-Harrison Central in the finals 9-3. “Paul knows what it takes to get to the next level. He is pretty focused and knows what to do to win big matches.” In Ohio D-III, Caldwell recorded three individual champions with Jacob Border (119), Derick Hesson (215) and Tom Schenkel (285).
Border was able to showcase his prowess by pinning fellow sophomore Dillon Nolte of St. Clairsville.
In the heavier weights, Hesson and Schenkel showed they were well conditioned coming away with one-point overtime victories.
Hesson, who pinned his way to the finals, managed to fire off the bottom earning an escape from Steubenville's Bronko Busic, a Division II grappler. Schenkel, who came in unseeded, was able to mimic his practice partner Hesson in coming away with a 4-3 victory over Josh Lee of New Lexington.
Cambridge 154, New Lexington 143.5, Steubenville 129.5, Cadiz-Harrison Central 124.5, Caldwell 103, St. Clairsville 86.5, Bellaire-St. John Central 78, Martins Ferry 72, Beallsville 67.5, Wintersville-Indian Creek 60, Belmont-Union Local 56.5, Shadyside 53, Barnesville & Morgan 42.5, Sarahsville-Shenandoah 31, Woodsfield-Monroe Central 27
103 — Darin Heavilin (HC) tech. fall Cody Moeglin (NL), 16-0
112 — Taylor Yoder (MF) dec. Andrew Bertubin (CAMB), 4-2
119 — Jacob Border (CALD) pinned Dillon Nolte (STC), 3:53
125 — Paul Rose (CAMB) dec. Nick Risdon (HC), 9-3
130 — Chase Clark (UL) pinned Dominic Prezzia (STC), 2:51
135 — Shane Foster (SJC) pinned Angelo Iachini (STB), 2:51
140 — Jimmy Reisz (BEAL) dec. Dylan Moeglin (NL), 9-5
145 — Adam Fondale (NL) dec. Jon Ray (CAMB), 6-2
152 — Johnny Merryman (SH) dec. Mike Emrey (HC), 5-1
160 — Cody Bragg (MOR) dec. John Robinson (NL), 7-3
171 — Ian Howell (HC( pinned Chase Tucker (MF), 4:443
189 — Mark Markakis (STB) pinned Jerry Kahl (SH), 4:15
215 — Derick Hesson (CALD) dec. Branko Busic (STB), 2-1 OT
285 — Tom Schenkel (CALD) dec. Josh lee (NL), 4-3 OT
103 — Chris Tingler (STB) pinned Tim Fox (CAMB), 1:52
112 — John Barker (BARN) dec. Nate Gottke (NL), 2-1
119 — Davy Wilson (UL) dec. Jake Emery (HC), 3-1
125 — Jake Foster (SJC) pinned Seth Callarik (STC), 4-2
130 — Tyler Berger (CAMB) dec. Jimmy Davis (STC), 4-2
135 — Jed Marling (BEAL) pinned Mike Rose (MF), 1:49
140 — Brandon Staudacher (IC) tech. fall Michael Dodd (SHEN), 20-4
145 — Zach Kosky (SJC) dec. Rob Eddy (HC), 5-1
152 — Taylor Banks (HC) dec. Salem Jones (STB), 8-5
160 — James Beatty (CAMB) dec. Brandon Ferguson (STB), 10-1
171 — Chad Teague (CAMB) won by default over Blake Ponchak (MOR)
189 — Kirk Wetherall (CAMB) dec. Mike Mann (BARN), 5-1
215 — Steve Woodford (MF) dec. Cody Stanley (NL), 8-6
285 — Ryan Dugan (STB) dec. George Ruckman (BEAL), 3-2