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Indian Creek’s Brent Rayburn (above) has Oak Glen’s CJ Duty under control at 132 pounds, but Duty prevailed 6-5.

WELLSBURG — Whenever Ohio River’s rivals, Bridgeport and Shadyside, come together in any type of sporting event, it usually comes down to the bottom line at the very end. It took a little longer than usual on Wednesday night to decide the OVAC Bill Hinegardner Class 1A/2A Dual Meet Championship Game at the Brooke High School Wellness Center.

With only four fights contested due to the small numbers in each roster, the Bulldogs and Tigers split them evenly, each capturing a pair of pins. Everyone also received a pair of pawns.

“It’s great that we managed to do that. I’m really happy for the kids,” said Kinemond. “It came down to criteria earlier this season and it came down again.”

Kinemond hopes this will attract more wrestlers in the years to come.

“Hopefully there are some kids out there who see that we won the Class 1A/2A title and want to wrestle for us next year.”

He’s also proud of the kids who have kept the program alive after it won OVAC titles in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16, and 2016-17.

“I’ve had these kids since I started training and I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Kinemond said. “They’ve been through so much, but winning the OVACs … I’m happy for them.”

When Bridgeport’s Will Hunt pinned Nick Norris in the final bout at 285 pounds, the scoreboard read 24-all. After a lengthy discussion at the scorers’ table involving the two head coaches – Bridgeport’s Matt McFarland and Shadyside’s Chase Kinemond – and referee Jack Regis, the Tigers were declared the winners.

The final decision came after the officials perused the rule book and finally determined the winner by criterion (l) – the 12th – of the dual meet tiebreaker system – most reversals. There was only one in play. Ironically, it came from Shadyside’s Jacob Brown in a match where he was pinned at 175 pounds by Peyton Pyle.

“We made a fuss and changed things up a bit,” noted McFarland. “There are a few things I wish I could go back and do again. We gave everything and wrestled well.”

The teams traded forfeits at 126 (Shadyside’s Eli Gallaher) and 132 (Bridgeport’s Owenn Clark) before a double forfait at 138. The Bulldogs’ Mason Aberts received a forfait at 144 when they were 12-6 up, but a pin from Josh Harris at 150 it made 12-all. Double losses at 157 and 165 preceded Pyle’s pin who gave Bridgeport an 18-12 lead.

A loss to the Tigers’ Chris Stillion (190) evened things out at 18, but Shadyside’s William Robinson grabbed a pin with 215 to put Orange back ahead at 24-18. Chase angular things for the last time before the outcome is settled.

“I told Will we needed a pin and went out and got us one,” McFarland said of his newcomer. “He gave us a chance and that’s all I can ask as a coach. He performed.”

In Class 4A, fourth-place Oak Glen started with four straight wins in both the Semis and Finals and never looked back as he defeated losing top seed St. Clairsville (62-21) and No. 2 Indian Creek (47 -25) defeated.

“We expected to go out early and win,” Cornell said. “We wrestled Creek in a dual just before the OVAC tournament and they came back and won it. We talked all week about keeping the momentum going and we did that.”

Doubles winners at the Golden Bears included Aiden Anderson (106), Wyatt Wolanski (120/126) and Kaiden Hebrock (285), all of whom won by pins; Hayden Lamb (132/138), who recorded two technical falls; CJ Duty (126/132) with pin and decision; and Greg Sauers (190), who earned two decisions.

Logan Davis (113/120) and Braxton Dlugopolski (165) each had a pin and lost, and Nathan Pasco (113) had a pin in the final.

“We fell back early like last year, but we didn’t have the firepower that we had last year to come back tonight,” Indian Creek head coach Brandon Pendleton said. “We knew Oak Glen would be hard to beat.”

Indian Creek winners were Gavin Pownall (144, pin), CJ Spencer (150, loss), Dom Paterra (157, Maj Dec), Ethan Llewellyn (175, Dec) and Elijah Llewellyn (215).

Indian Creek had defeated Edison 39-30 in the semifinals, but the Wildcats rebounded in third place with a 57-21 win over the Red Devils.

The Class 3A and 5A schools will be battling for titles at the John Marshall Field House in Moundsville tonight. Start time is 6.

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