NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The wrestling programs at Gallia Academy and Meigs recorded respective finishes of sixth and 12th this past weekend at the 2012 Nelsonville-York Wrestling Invitational held in Athens County.
The Blue Devils posted a team score of 118.5 points and had two individual champions at the 17-team event, which was won by Caledonia River Valley with a total of 193 points. West Jefferson (177.5) and Nelsonville-York (166.0) rounded out the top-three spots, while the Marauders posted a team tally of 64 points.
GAHS seniors Brandon Taylor and Zack Tackett both won first place honors in their respective weight classes, as Taylor claimed the 170-pound title while Tackett captured the 182-pound division. The duo was also the only two locals to win championships at the event.
Gallia Academy junior Mark Allen was third overall in the 160 division, while freshman Cole Tawney was fourth in the 120-pound weight class. Junior Briggs Shoemaker was also fifth overall in the 195-pound division.
Meigs had a trio of grapplers — Nick Hudson (160), Blake Crow (220) and Zach Sheets (285) — all finished fourth in their respective divisions, the Marauders’ best finishes at the event. Daylen Neece was also sixth in the 195-pound weight class.
Gallia Academy joined Caledonia River Valley, Nelsonville-York and Jonathan Alder with two individual champions at the competition, the most for any school at the event. NYHS had the most finalists in the 14 different divisions with six total.
Complete results of the 2012 Nelsonville-York Wrestling Invitational are available on the web at baumspage.com