The streak continues for Gallia Academy wrestling.
For the fourth consecutive postseason, the Blue Devils will have at least one grappler advancing to the OHSAA state tournament following the conclusion of this weekend’s Division II district championships at Goshen High School in Clermont County.
Cole Tawney became the ninth Blue Devil in program history to earn a trip to the state level, as the sophomore finished fourth overall in the 120-pound weight class with a 3-2 overall record. Tawney also becomes only the second sophomore in school history to qualify for the state tournament, joining Ben Doolittle (2002) as the program’s youngest advancees.
Tawney won his first two matches by decision against Dominic Vagnier of Clermont Northeast (12-4) and Devin Rogers of Northwestern (11-6), but then dropped his semifinal contest against Kole Trigg of Washington Court House by a 20-2 count.
Tawney earned his first pinfall win of the weekend in the consolation semifinal against Bryson Laytart of Miami Trace, putting him in the third-place match. Lyle Plummer of Dayton Chaminade Julienne scored a 7-0 decision in that consolation final, leaving Tawney with fourth place overall.
While Tawney’s season continues on to Columbus, three other Blue Devils had their prep careers come to a close at districts. Seniors Mark Allen, Briggs Shoemaker and Scott Warren each earned at least one win at the tournament, but all three ultimately came up short in their bids for one of the four state spots available in each weight class.
Shoemaker finished Friday and Saturday with a 2-2 overall mark in the 195-pound division, while Allen and Warren each posted 1-2 records in the 170- and 285-pound weight classes, respectively.
The Blue Devils scored 24 points as a team, which was good enough for 24th place out of 37 scoring squads. St. Paris Graham won the D-2 district title with 231.5 points.
Tawney will compete Thursday through Saturday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of the Ohio State University.
Both Meigs and River Valley combined to send five grapplers to the Division III district tournament at Philo High School, but neither program managed to get out of Muskingum County with a state berth following the completion of the event Saturday.
The Marauders managed five points and a tie for 43rd place in the team standings with Newcomerstown, while the Raiders mustered two points to join Adena and Union Local in a tie for 51st place. A total of 63 teams were represented in the D-3 tournament, with 54 teams scoring at least one point.
Meigs had three grapplers competing at the district event, with Daylen Neece being the only Marauder to earn a win this weekend. Neece went 2-2 overall and managed a win in each bracket, including a pinfall win over Cole Genders of Amanda-Clearcreek in a second-round consolation contest. Neece accounted for all five MHS points in the 220-pound weight class.
Brandon Thompson (132) and Daniel Hysell (195) each went winless in two district matches, rounding out the Marauders’ weekend.
RVHS junior Trae Cornell started his district with a 7-3 win over Grant Pumphrey of West Muskingum in the opening round of the 145 division, but two consecutive losses followed — ending Cornell’s weekend with a 1-2 mark. Cornell accounted for both Raider points, as freshman Jacob Kemper went winless in two bouts of the 113-pound weight class.
Amanda Clearcreek won the D-3 team title with 147.5 points.
Complete results of the 2013 District Wrestling Championships at Goshen and Philo are available on the web at baumspage.com