the Ron Mauck Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament this
weekend, but the Bobcats still handled their own claiming three
individual titles. Cambridge's late spark pushed the Bobcats (184) passed West Virginia
power house Oak Glen (178) in the team standings, but it wasn't enough
to top Wheeling Park (204) and Richmond-Beaver Local (198).
WHEELING, W.Va. – The Cambridge mat program wasn't quite at the top of the standings at the Ron Mauck Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament this weekend, but the Bobcats still handled their own claiming three individual titles.
“We thought we had a shot coming in to run for the title,” Cambridge coach Tom Moore admitted as the Bobcats finished in third place overall. “A few of my seeded kids didn't place, but the highlight was that we had three individual champs.”
Cambridge's late spark pushed the Bobcats (184) passed West Virginia power house Oak Glen (178) in the team standings, but it wasn't enough to top Wheeling Park (204) and Richmond-Beaver Local (198).
“We battled there in the finals losing only one match and was able to move from fourth to third,” Moore said.
Taking home individual titles for Moore's squad was Paul Rose (125), Chad Teague (171) and Kirk Wetherell (189).
Rose, a four-time OVAC place winner, was thinking big heading into the OVAC finals which he fell short of before.
“We always wrestle at Brecksville – one of the toughest tournaments in Ohio – every year to get ready for the conference and state tournament,” Moore said. “This year Paul did not wrestle well there and it made him have to reestablish his goals.”
The goals were set and Rose was on a mission nailing a pair of takedowns early on and never looking back against East Liverpool's Cagney Springer as he outed the Potters' grappler 12-2.
On the upper weights, Teague and Wetherell pocketed back-to-back titles for the Blue and White.
“Early in the year, Chad and Kirk didn't wrestle well at Barnesville tournament,” Moore said.”They thought they were going to come in and be unstoppable and didn't do well. They needed to go back in the room and work hard to see what it takes to be successful.”
Teague regrouped by handing Martins Ferry's Chase Tucker, brother of four-time OVAC champion and Ohio University wrestler Clay Tucker, a tight 3-0 decision.
Wetherell went on to flex his muscles by taking Martins Ferry's Matt Shreve, the only non-seeded wrestler in the tournament to make the finals, out of his normal routine with a 1:25 pin.
Teams claiming two individual titles were Lisbon-Beaver Local and Richmond-Edison.
The Beavers took titles with Arizona Miller (112) and Derek Wolfe (285) while the Wildcats' brothers of Nick and Andy Stine were honored in gold.
The Wildcats’ standouts both managed to defeat returning OVAC champions in their finals bouts as Nick Stine managed to pick up a win by injury default over Wheeling Central’s Zach Basich (145) and Andy decisioned Brooke’s James McFarland (135) 2-0.
Arguably the best finals match of the evening came in the 140-pound weight class as Beallsville’s Jimmy Reisz and Bellaire’s Robbie Chilson collided. Reisz, a returning OVAC runnerup, and Chilson, an Ohio Division III runner-up, have met twice this in the past month with Resiz winning both bouts and history repeated itself on the mat in the finals.
“Jimmy is a very intelligent kid and is the hardest working kid in the room. When you get that kind of combination you’ll have a very successful kid,” Beallsville coach Clint Abbott said about his 140-pound Bierkortte Award winner.
Reisz hit a pair of take downs and escapes to tame the returning Ohio Division III state runner-up by a score of 6-4.
“I really didn’t change anything in my routine,” he said. “Being in the finals the last two years helped me prepare for tonight. I’ve been working hard and I knew I could do it if I wrestled well.”
Reisz's hard work led to the Bierkortte Award which is given to the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.
Other Ohio wrestlers earning titles include Shadyside's Johnny Merryman (152), Bridgeport's Bryan Skoff (160) and Steubenville's Branko Busick (215).
103 — Dirk Bauer (WP) major dec. Kyle Bauer (WC), 10-0.
112 — Arizona Miller (BEAV) dec. Taylor Yoder (MF), 2-1.
119 — Troy Eckleberry (OG) dec. Mitch Thompson (BEAV), 5-2.
125 — Paul Rose (CAMB) major dec. Cagney Springer (EL), 12-2.
130 — Erik Canter (BEL) dec. Dominic Prezzia (STC), 9-1.
135 — Andy Stine (ED) dec. James McFarland (BRK), 2-0.
140 — Jimmy Reisz (BEAL) dec. Robbie Chilson (BEL), 6-4.
145 — Nick Stine (ED) won by inj. default over Zach Basich (WC).
152 — Johnny Merryman (SHAD) dec. Cody Miller (OG), 3-1.
160 — Bryan Skoff (BPT) dec. Jon Bittinger (BEAV), 8-4.
171 — Chad Teague (CAMB) dec. Chase Tucker (MF), 3-0.
189 — Kirk Wetherell (CAMB) pinned Matt Shreve (MF), 1:25.
215 — Branko Busick (STB) dec. Derrick Hesson (CALD), 5-3.
285 — Derek Wolfe (BEAV) pinned Steve Woodford (MF), 1:32.