ALBANY, Ohio — Four of a kind.
That’s because four members of the Gallia Academy High School wrestling squad have qualified for the Division II district meet — including three sectional champions, following Friday and Saturday’s competition at Alexander High School.
In fact, all four of the Blue Devil district meet qualifiers —junior Kyle Greenlee and seniors Jared Stevens, Kaleb Crisenbery and Hunter Jacks —are repeat advancers from last season.
Four other Blue Devils, including senior Chris Matthew who finished fifth at 160 pounds and is an alternate to the district meet, placed in Saturday’s sectional.
The Meigs Marauders moved one wrestler on to the district meet —senior repeat qualifier Trae Hood in the 220-pound weight class.
The Blue Devils, spearheaded by going 3-for-3 in sectional championship tilts, finished fourth as a team with 114 points.
Gallia Academy ended up five points better than fifth-place Warren (109), as New Lexington landed the team championship with 240 points.
Sheridan was the runner-up with 227 points, followed by third-place Fairfield Union with 191.
Meigs, which was 10th out of 11 clubs in the sectional, mustered 40.5 points.
Gallia Academy’s Stevens, Crisenbery and Greenlee all won sectional championships —with Stevens wining at 120, Crisenbery at 145 and Greenlee at 113.
All three advanced to last year’s district meet at those same weight classes, as Jacks —who placed third at 170 pounds —joined the fray at 160 pounds last season.
Stevens, who raised his stellar season record to 42-3, blanked Zach Glick of New Lexington with a 10-0 major decision in the 120-pound championship match.
He pinned Deven Factor of Sheridan in four minutes and 13 seconds in the quarterfinals, before needing only 34 seconds to pin Bill Wallace of Athens in the semifinals.
Crisenbery —in improving his record to 46-5 —needed only a minute to pin Lane Householder of Sheridan for the 145-pound championship.
He pinned Brennan Greene of Jackson in 42 seconds in the quarterfinals, before tallying an 11-3 major decision over New Lexington’s Layne Talbot in the semifinals.
Greenlee, now 44-6, won the 113-pound division with a 9-3 decision over Vinton County senior Wyatt Webb.
Greenlee gained a bye in the quarterfinal round, then pinned Daniel Pavlov of Fairfield Union in the semifinals in three minutes and three seconds.
Jacks, now 40-8, took third in the 170-pound weight class with an injury default to Chillicothe’s Joseph Hilliard.
In addition to Matthew, three Blue Devils scored sixth-place finishes —sophomore Jason Stroud at 106, freshman Corbin Walker at 126, and junior Hunter Terry at heavyweight.
For the Marauders, their only advancer to the district meet was Hood, who was the runner-up to Luke Shively of New Lexington at 220.
Hood, following a narrow 3-2 decision defeat for the championship, has a record of 35-5.
He pinned Jacob Tope of Athens in only 43 seconds in the quarterfinals, before decisioning Cole Maxson of Chillicothe 3-2 in the semifinals.
Two other Marauders —junior Nathaniel Gearheart at 138 (fifth-place) and sophomore William Smith at 160 (sixth-place) —also placed at Alexander.
The Division II district meet will take place at Heath High School this weekend (March 3 and 4).
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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