Central claims OVACs

MOUNDSVILLE – History was made Friday night at the Moundsville Jr. High Fieldhouse.

For the first time in its wrestling history, Steubenville Catholic has captured the Bill Hinegardner OVAC Dual Meet Class 3A championship. The top-seeded Crusaders dispatched No. 2 Magnolia by a 49-25 count. They had earlier pinned No. 4 Linsly, 46-24, while the Blue Eagles took out No. 3 Barnesville, 39-37.

“This is a pretty exciting night for us,” Steubenville Catholic head coach Aaron Henry said amidst a wild celebration. “We won the OVAC Tournament Class 3A title and now this. It feels great.”

Steubenville Catholic had their way for most of the night as six wrestlers walked away with a pair of victories. They included Ethan Phillips (120), Blake Kiedrowski (132), Cedro Parise (138), Michael Crosby (152), Leo Hermann (170) and Isaac Sanford (195).

Hermann was a Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament champion, while Kiedrowski collected his 100th career victory in the semifinals.

In the finals, the Blue Eagles were only able to win five matches.

Timmy Young (106), Kiedrowski, Crosby, Hermann, Sanford and Harold Rogers (220) all had pins in the championship match. Hermann’s took just 18 ticks.

“We’ve got a great senior class,” Henry said. “I owe this to all of these seniors and my assistant coaches Don Phillips, John Orsini, Josh Perco and Tim Young. Those guys and these seniors have helped build this program.”

Barnesville defeated Linsly in the consolation match, 45-36 behind pins from Kohl Campbell (113), Collin Wilson (120), Austin Singleton (126), Hobie Howiler (138) and Cade Bunfield (182). Butch Holskey (152) won by an 18-13 count.

In the Class 5-A semifinals, top-seeded Parkersburg South rolled past No. 4 Edison 70-6 and No. 2 Wheeling Park defeated third-seeded rival John Marshall, 49-23. The Wood County Patriots prevailed in the finals, 44-28, over the Ohio County Patriots.

The Wildcats finished third by virtue of their 45-26 decision over John Marshall in the consolation bout.

Mark Johns (113) was Edison’s lone winner – by forfeit – against Parkersburg South.

Laine Cade (152) and Donnie Roberts (160) had falls for the Wildcats in the third-place match. Will Scholl (132), Nick Fisher (145) and Jevin Leggett (195) all won by decisions, while Josh Kleiner (106), Brandon Logan (120), Michael Millhorn (170) and Blaine Cline (182) all were awarded forfeits.