WATERFORD, Ohio — The Athens wrestling team clinched its fourth consecutive league crown since joining the league Saturday at the 2012 Tri-Valley Conference Wrestling Championships held at Waterford High School in Washington County.
The Bulldogs — who entered the TVC Ohio in the fall of 2008 — clinched their four-peat with a total of 421 points, which was 36 points better than the rest of the 8-team field. Nelsonville-York was the runner-up with 385 points, while Belpre (240) and Alexander (167) rounded out the top half of the field.
Meigs finished fifth overall with 153 points, while Waterford (148) and Wahama (65) respectively collected sixth and seventh places. Trimble, with 46 team points, was the last of the eight competing teams.
Neither the Maraudersnor the White Falcons had an individual champion at the TVC event, but both schools combined for eight top-four and 16 top-six efforts on the day. Meigs had six top-four finishes and 11 total grapplers in the top-six of their respective weight divisions, while Wahama landed a pair of top-four efforts and a total of five wrestlers within the top-six.
Blake Crow led the Marauders by finishing as the 220-pound runner-up, while Christian Hysell (152), Nick Hudson (160) and Zach Sheets (285) all finished third in their respective weight classes. Adam Russell (113) and Jeffrey Roush (170) also finished fourth in each of their divisions.
A quartet of Marauders — Cassie Stewart (106), Drake Markins (120), Tim Parsons (126) and Daylen Neece (195) — all placed fifth, while Chris Lester rounded out Meigs’ day with a sixth-place effort in the 138-pound division.
Randle Robie paced Wahama with a second-place finish in the 120-pound weight class, while Tannor Decker was fourth in the 160 division. Demitrius Serevicez (170), Josh Haddox (182) and Zach Killingsworth (285) all placed fifth in their respective weight classes.
Nelsonville-York had the most individual champions at the TVC meet, claiming six titles. Athens was next with five, while Alexander, Belpre and Waterford all had one weight class champion.
Complete results of the 2012 Tri-Valley Conference Wrestling Championships are available on the web at baumspage.com