CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The Gallia Academy wrestling team had five grapplers win individual titles while placing third overall at the 2013 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League Championship held Saturday at Chillicothe High School.
The Blue Devils posted a team score of 213 points, which was four points behind eventual runner-up and defending-champion Logan (217). Warren captured the 2013 team trophy with 231 points, while Chillicothe (189) and Jackson (21) rounded out the five-team field.
Portsmouth — the other member of the six-team SEOAL — does not offer wrestling as a varsity sport.
GAHS had 11 different wrestlers place in the top-four in the 14 separate weight classes, which included five champions, one runner-up, two third-place efforts and a trio of fourth-place finishes.
The Blue Devils had two repeat champions from a year ago, as junior John Byus and sophomore Cole Tawney each came away with the second SEOAL crown of their respective careers. Byus repeated as the 220-pound champion, while Tawney traded in his 120-pound title from a year ago for the 126-pound championship this winter.
Briggs Shoemaker and Mark Allen ended their SEOAL careers on top, as each senior came away with his first league title. Shoemaker won the 195-pound division, while Allen captured the 170-pound weight class crown. Freshman Scott Mash also started his SEOAL career in style by winning the 120-pound division.
Senior Scott Warren finished second in the heavyweight division, while Justin Reynolds (160) and Nathaniel Waugh (132) each came away with third place in their respective weight classes. Ryan Terry (152), Griffon McKinniss (182) and Blake Wilson (145) all placed fourth for the Blue Devils as well.
Both Gallia Academy and Warren led the SEOAL with individual champions. Logan and Chillicothe each came away with two individual titles, while Jackson was the only participant to not have a grappler win a league crown.
Other weight class champions included Levi Congleton (106), Cory Parsons (113), Austin Klintworth (145), Zach Pike (182) and Brandon Pahl (285) of Warren; Austin Scarberry (132) and Bryce McBride (152) of Logan; and Jacob Price (138) and Cristian Collins (160) of Chillicothe.
Besides Byus and Tawney, other repeat champions from a year ago were Congleton, Parsons and Price.
Complete results of the 2013 SEOAL Wrestling championships are available on the web at baumspage.com