PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — The Gallia Academy wrestling team started the 2012-13 season on a solid note Saturday afternoon after coming away with the team title at the 2012 Ohio Valley Dual Pool Tournament held at Fairland High School in Lawrence County.
The Blue Devils captured the eight-team championship with a winning tally of 108 points, finishing 15 points ahead of runner-up Huntington (93). Chesapeake was third overall with 64 points, while Meigs (57) and Fairland (56) rounded out the top five spots. Zane Trace (53), Lincoln County (24) and Logan (18) rounded out the field.
GAHS had 10 grapplers finish in the top four spots in the 14 separate weight classes, which also included six individual championships. The Marauders also had eight top four efforts and one divisional champion.
Cole Tawney (126), Griffon McKinniss (170), Mark Allen (182), Briggs Shoemaker (195), Tyler Byus (220) and Scott Warren (285) all came away with first-place efforts for GAHS in their respective divisions, while Blake Wilson was the overall runner-up in the 138-pound weight class.
The Blue Devils also received respective third-place efforts from Scott Mash (120), James Hicks (145) and Justin Reynolds (182) in their weight classes.
The lone Meigs champion was Chris Lester in the 145-pound division, while Drew Grover (113) and Daylen Neece (220) both finished as runners-up in their respective weight classes. Brandon Thompson also placed third for the Marauders in the 138 division.
Leslie Hoffman (106), Robert Hoffman (120), Daniel Hysell (195) and Brad Harless (285) rounded things out for MHS with a quartet of fourth-place finishes.