Patriots finish fifth at state wrestling meet

HUNTINGTON — The predicted “wide-open” Class AAA state wrestling meet was won by Huntington with its 200 team points. Parkersburg was the runner-up with 160.5 points. Following the Big Reds were Parkersburg South (138), Ripley (128.5), and fifth-place Washington with 105.5 points.

Musselman had 76.5 points for eighth place. Jefferson totaled 23 points for 23rd place.

The Highlanders were virtually wrestling at their back door in the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in the city.

Third-place Parkersburg South was dislodged as the many-time state champion.

Washington had 11 wrestlers at the state meet. Thursday’s first day of matches saw Huntington and Parkersburg tied on top with 34 points. Washington was stationed in fourth place with 31 points.

The Patriots’ Ty Reynolds (106) pinned University’s Jerad Myers in 2:25. Tyler Sigler won an 18-1 technical fall over Sky Stedman of Hurricane at 120. Tyler Cross pinned Marc Williams in 4:35 at 132 pounds. Steven Edwards at 126 was pinned in 3:24 by Sam Phillips of Parkersburg.

Jared Jones pinned Kyle O’Neal of Spring Valley in only 48 seconds. Mark Becraft registered a 5-3 decision win over Dylan Alexander of Parkersburg South at 145.

Dylan Ceravalo, a state champion in 2011 as a sophomore, started his state tournament run at 160 with a 16-1 technical fall win over Zach Cooper of Hurricane. Zane Bradbury was beaten by pin fall in 1:24 by University’s Nate Constante.

R.J. Wilson started well at 195 with a 2-1 decision over Aerison Parrish of Huntington. Ashby Heath gave the Patriots six points when he pinned Anthony Frisco of University in 2:31.

Jefferson’s lone win in the opening round came from Lane Harder at 285. Harder pinned Tyler Burke of Capital.

Jefferson’s other state qualifiers — Wyatt Phillips, Levi Spickler, John Bryant, Chris Yenchko, Shane Moore, and A.J. Pierson — all suffered first-round defeats.

The Washington wrestlers who made it through both quarterfinal and semifinal matches were Ceravalo and Reynolds. Reynolds was a 4-0 winner in the semifinals over Logan Ball (Parkersburg). Ceravalo took a 7-2 decision over Danny Colby (Wheeling Park).

In the finals at 106, Huntington’s Logan Grass posted a 9-2 decision win over Reynolds. In the controversial finals at 160, Ceravalo was denied two late-match takedowns that would have evened his match against Jake Smith (George Washington). Both possible two-point takedowns were not allowed and Smith prevailed, 6-4.

It was Smith’s second straight state title. Ceravalo had won a state championship back in 2011.

The Patriots’ Tyler Sigler and Tyler Cross both finished in third place after winning their third/fourth-place matches. Ashby Heath finished fifth when he posted a 12-1 decision win over Benefacio Garcia of Martinsburg in a fifth/sixth-place match.

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