STEUBENVILLE - Big Red's Mike Blackburn wanted his wrestlers to make a statement Thursday in the Class 4A portion of the Bill Hinegardner Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Dual Meet Championships.
Competing on the home mats, Big Red disposed of Martins Ferry 57-12 and Harrison Central 63-9 to claim the 4A crown. The victories give Blackburn's squad a sweep of OVAC titles. In January, Big Red earned the overall championship in the conference's Ron Mauck Tournament.
OVAC CHAMPS — The Steubenville Big Red wrestling team poses with the 2013 OVAC Class 4A Dual Meet Championship Trophy following victories over Martins Ferry and Harrison Central Thursday at the Crimson Center.
-- Fred Younce
"We wrestled pretty well and it's quite an accomplishment to win the OVAC dual title for the third straight year," Blackburn said. "These kids deserve it, they have been working hard."
According to the Big Red coach, capturing both the Mauck event and the Hinegardner duals means "we have a lot of real good individuals and we are pretty solid as a team."
"Overall, we are pretty competitive no matter where we were," he continued. "We have nine starting seniors, a sophomore and three freshmen. When you have that many upperclassmen and that much leadership, hopefully you are a pretty solid team overall."
Bill Hinegardner OVAC Dual Meet
at Steubenville High School
Steubenville 57, Martins Ferry 12
106 Tariq Wilson (Steubenville) pin Takota Haggerty (Martins Ferry) 0:10
113 Dakotah Goff (Steubenville) dec. Theodore Zoumpoulidis (Martins Ferry) 4-0
120 Trevor Neavin (Martins Ferry) over FF
126 Anthony Craig (Steubenville) dec. Damon Outward (Martins Ferry) 8-5
132 Anthony Parada (Steubenville) pin Dennis Russell (Martins Ferry) 0:24
138 Jake McKitrick (Steubenville) dec. Bryce Colemon (Martins Ferry) 6-1
145 James Wise (Martins Ferry) dec. Nico Moray (Steubenville) 11-9
152 Zach O'Dell (Steubenville) over 0 (Martins Ferry) FF
160 Andrew O'Dell (Steubenville) over 0 (Martins Ferry) FF
170 Mark Cole (Steubenville) over 0 (Martins Ferry) FF
182 Brandon Jones (Steubenville) pin Mike Wear (Martins Ferry) 1:51
195 Charlie Keenan (Steubenville) over 0 (Martins Ferry) FF
220 Greg Moray (Steubenville) pin Zac Coole (Martins Ferry) 0:44
285 Jon Bodkin (Martins Ferry) dec. Ryan Wood (Steubenville) 1-3
Harrison Central 39, Oak Glen 24
106 Anthony Heavilin (Harrison Central) pin Shane Logston (Oak Glen) 0:56
113 Danny Wyke (Oak Glen) maj. dec. Brandon White (Harrison Central) 12-4
120 Josh Cornell (Oak Glen) dec. David Forrester (Harrison Central) 2-0
126 Hunter Pizzino (Harrison Central) dec. Kyle Mack (Oak Glen) 4-1
132 Avery Flowers (Oak Glen) dec. Antony Risley (Harrison Central) 5-1
138 Nick Tice (Oak Glen) dec. Bryson Porter (Harrison Central) 7-2
145 Alex Shuman (Oak Glen) tech. fall John Coniker (Harrison Central) 16-1
152 Cyle Riedel (Harrison Central) pin Devon Chadwick (Oak Glen) 3:45
160 Brodie Bittinger (Oak Glen) pin Kyle Dodds (Harrison Central) 1:07
170 Zac Jones (Harrison Central) over 0 (Oak Glen) FF
182 Giovannie Rocchi (Harrison Central) over 0 (Oak Glen) FF
195 Westin Fogle (Harrison Central) pin Barry Strum (Oak Glen) 3:57
220 Cole Howes (Harrison Central) over 0 (Oak Glen) FF
Steubenville 63, Harrison Central 9
106 Tariq Wilson (S) maj. dec. Anthony Heavilin (HC) 13-2
113 Brandon White (HC) over FF
120 David Forrester (HC) dec. Dakotah Goff (HC) 4-2
126 Anthony Craig (S) dec. Hunter Pizzino (HC) 5-0
132 Anthony Parada (S) tech. fall Antony Risley (HC) 18-3
138 Jake McKitrick (S) pin Bryson Porter (HC) 2:20
145 Nico Moray (S) maj. dec. Cyle Riedel (HC) 13-1
152 Zach O'Dell (S) pin Danier Hunt (HC) 1:06
160 Andrew O'Dell (S) pin Kyle Dodds (HC) 2:35
170 Mark Cole (S) pin Giovanni Rocchi (HC) 0:46
182 Brandon Jones (S) tech. fall Westin Fogle (HC) 18-3
195 Charlie Keenan (S) over FF
220 Greg Moray (S) over FF
285 Ryan Wood (S) over FF
Martins Ferry 34, Oak Glen 32
106 Shane Logston (OG) dec. Takota Haggerty (MF) 2-0
113 Theodore Zoumpoulidis (MF) dec. Danny Wyke (OG) 4-3
120 Josh Cornell (OG) tech fall Trevor Neavin (MF) 15-0
126 Damon Outward (MF) major dec. Kyle Mack (OG) 14-6
132 Avery Flowers (OG) pin Dennis Russell (MF) 0:50
138 Bryce Coleman (MF) dec. Nick Tice (OG) 4-2
145 Alex Shuman (OG) pin Zac Mey (MF) 1:50
152 James Wise (MF) pin Devon Chadwick (OG) 1:57
160 Brodie Bittinger (OG) FF
170 Mike Wear (MF) FF
182 Double Forfeit
195 Barry Strum (OG) FF
220 Zac Coole (MF) FF
285 Jon Bodkin (MF) FF
Big Red's win over Martins Ferry came in the semifinals. Harrison Central reached the title match by disposing of Oak Glen 39-24. In the battle for third place, Martins Ferry clipped the Golden Bears 34-32.
In the championship bout, Big Red got pins from Andrew O'Dell (160), Mark Cole (170), Jake McKitrick (138) and Zach O'Dell (152). Of the matches actually contested, Big Red lost just one. Harrison Central's David Forrester recorded a 4-2 decision at 120.
"I thought we did fairly well," Harrison Central's William Bryant noted. "We had a couple of kids home sick. I'm not saying that would have a made a difference in either match. We're still a young team and we have grown a long way from the beginning of the season. I'm proud of them.
"I'm disappointed in the deficit of the loss to Steubenville but at this point in time, they are the better team. We'll continue work harder and make each day count."
The Huskies will be back in action today, hosting Indian Creek and St. Clairsville in a tri-match starting at 5:30 p.m.
As far as Oak Glen's Patrick McGillian was concerned, his Golden Bears "gave up too many forfeits. That was a big thing."
In the consolation match against Martins Ferry, each team won four of the eight matches actually wrestled. The Purple Riders got the win thanks to three forfeits. Against Harrison Central, the Golden Bears won six of the matches contested.
"Plus, we just didn't wrestle well," he added. "I didn't feel like they were prepared and it showed. We have wrestled some of the kids we faced tonight before and we wrestled them better."
McGillian did single out Alex Shuman and Brodie Bittinger for "wrestling well."
Shuman, who competes at 145, recorded a technical fall against Harrison Central and a pin against Martins Ferry. Bittinger (160) won by pin in the semifinals.
"As a team, we have a lot of work to do before the regionals (which start next weekend)," he noted.
The Golden Bears will compete against Weir High and Brooke Saturday on the Bruin mats.
Eight Big Red wrestlers went 2-0 on the night - Tariq Wilson (106, he recorded a pin against his Martins Ferry opponent in just 10 seconds), Anthony Craig (126). Anthony Parada (132), McKitrick, the O'Dell twins, Cole and Brandon Jones (182).
Greg Moray, who competes at 220 for Big Red, needed 44 seconds to dispose of his Martins Ferry foe. He earned a forfeit win against the Huskies.
Big Red is idle until sectional action begins on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 at Buckeye Local. Blackburn said Thursday's matches definitely will help his club get ready.
"We haven't seen too many guys from Harrison Central before, even in the OVAC tournament," he pointed out. "They'll be at our sectionals and tonight gave us an idea of what they have. Plus, it gives us some like opponents to help out at the seeding meeting."