SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — With the weight class wins it got from Dylan Ceravalo (160), Ty Reynolds (106), and Tyler Cross (132) as well as the second-place showings turned in by Tyler Sigler (120), Mark Becraft (145), Zane Bradbury (170), R. J. Wilson (182), and Ashby Heath (220), the Washington Patriots won the 10-school Potomac Valley Conference wrestling championship on Saturday.
Washington edged runner-up Musselman, 237-227, with none of the other schools within 66 points of the Applemen.
Keyser (161 points) was third and Hedgesville (158 points) was fourth.
Fifth-place Jefferson (129 points) had one weight division champion in Lane Harder (285) and two runner-up finishes from Chris Yenchko (152) and Wyatt Phillips (113). Dante’ McCarroll (170) finished third for the Cougars.
Ceravalo improved his overall record to 31-2 when he defeated Jefferson’s Shane Moore by a technical fall 16-0 score, and pinned Keyser’s Jacob Mellott in 1:58 in the finals. Reynolds moved to 30-4 overall with three pin falls, defeating Hedgesville’s David Walter in :38, Keyser’s Ethen Whitlock in 1:14, and Musselman’s Ryan Kackley in 2:35.
Cross moved his overall mark to 29-1 when he pinned Martinsburg’s Brendan Owens in 1:51, pinned Keyser’s Beau Horner in 3:30 and decisioned Hedgesville’s Chris Brindle, 6-2, in the bracket finals.
Becraft finished the tournament with an 18-12 overall record after pinning Petersburg’s Ryan Hedrick in 1:04, pinning Jefferson’s John Bryant in 2:59, and losing an 11-4 decision to Hedgesville’s Mike Chicchino in the finals.
Sigler was 29-6 when his tournament record was 2-1. He pinned Hedgesville’s Kody Hinzman in 4:45, pinned Petersburg’s Trent Bohrer in 1:07, and fell in the finals when losing a 9-0 major decision to Musselman’s Bradley DeRito. Bradbury now has an overall record of 20-13 after recording a 15-0 technical fall over Hedgesville’s Clay Pierce, getting an 8-2 decision win over Jefferson’s McCarroll, and then falling, 10-2, to Keyser’s Cody Rodeheaver.
Wilson finished the tournament with a 21-17 overall record. On Saturday, he pinned Hedgesville’s Floyd Riggleman in 4:36, had a 5-1 decision win over Keyser’s Max Redman, and lost a close 5-3 decision in the finals to Musselman’s Stas.
Heath’s runner-up finish left him with a 25-10 overall record. He pinned Jefferson’s Travis Spurgin in :59 in his first match on Saturday and then pinned Martinsburg’s Bonafacio Garcia in 1:45 in the semifinals before dropping a 5-1 decision to Berkeley Springs’ Matt Parkinson.
Jefferson’s Harder now has a 24-2 overall record. He had an early-round bye before pinning Hedgesville’s Anthony Carter in :54 and pinning Musselman’s Tyler Bucklew in 1:28 to win the 285-pound division.
Yenchko has an overall record of 23-9 after registering a 9-0 major decision win over Washington’s Hunter Hardy, getting a 10-5 decision win over Martinsburg’s Chase Griffin, and falling, 14-2, in a major decision loss to Musselman’s Cody Spinks.
Phillips is now 9-18 overall after getting a 11-3 major decision win over Frankfort’s Chris Brikman, decisioning Keyser’s Heyden Siler, 8-5, and then being pinned by Musselman’s P. J. Dolan in 1:01.
McCarroll completed the tournament with a 22-11 overall record that includes Saturday’s pin in 2:57 over Frankfort’s Braxton Lewis, losing to Bradbury, trimming Musselman’s Matt Puffinberger, 7-2, in the consolation bracket and winning a 3-1 decision over Travis Stely of Martinsburg.
Washington’s team point total was given boosts from Quinn Rackley (nine points), Steven Edwards (12 points), Hunter Hardy (six points), P.J. Bowlin (seven points), and Mookie Penwell (six points).
The Class AAA, Region II Meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 will be both Washington’s and Jefferson’s next appearance.