JACKSON, Ohio — The Gallia Academy wrestling team came away with top honors Saturday afternoon at the 2012 American Legion Post 81 Jackson Invitational held on the campus of Jackson High School.
The Blue Devils had 14 grapplers finish in the top-eight of their respective weight classes, which allowed GAHS to post a winning team score of 371 points. Belpre was the overall runner-up at the 11-team event with 366.5 points, while Vinton County (304), Chillicothe (218) and Unioto (209) rounded out the top-five spots.
Of its 14 placers, Gallia Academy had six weight class champions, two runners-up and a total of eight top-four efforts. The Blue Devils also had one fifth-place finish and a trio of sixth-place efforts.
Cole Tawney (120), Scott Mash (126), Justin Reynolds (170), Mark Allen (182), Briggs Shoemaker (195) and Scott Warren (285) each came away with first place in their respective divisions, while John Byus (220) and Ben Bush (145) both finished second in their individual weight classes.
Blake Wilson was third overall in the 138-pound division, while Griffon McKinniss placed fourth in the 170 weight class. Anthony Sipple was fifth overall in the 195 division, and the threesome of Ryan Terry (152), Zach Graham (160) and Nathaniel Waugh (132) each placed sixth in their respective weight classes.
The Blue Devils had the most weight class champions with six, followed by Belpre with four winners.
Other divisional winners included Nicholas Lawhorn of Chillicothe at 106, Jordan McCutcheon of Belpre at 113, Manny Tullius of Belpre at 132, Robbie Postlewaite of Belpre at 138, Travis Abner of Southeastern at 145, Landon Zamborrano of Unioto at 152, Christian Collins of Chillicothe at 160 and Jamie Barrett of Belpre at 220.
Complete results of the 2012 American Legion Post 81 Jackson Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com