CENTENARY, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.
Visiting Athens spoiled the 2012-13 home opener for the Gallia Academy wrestling team Wednesday night during a 48-25 decision in a non-conference dual in Gallia County.
The host Blue Devils — who recently started the season with the Fairland Dual Pool Tournament team title — never led in the contest, as the Bulldogs won nine of the first 10 matches en route to a sizable 48-4 advantage. GAHS rallied with wins in the final four weight divisions to wrap up the 23-point setback.
The Blue Devils finished the dual with a 5-9 head-to-head record against AHS, and the Bulldogs came away with pinfall decisions in five of those nine triumphs. Gallia Academy had only two pinfall wins. Each team was credited with one win (six points) due to a non-participating weight class forfeit.
Athens started the event with three straight victories, as a forfeit and two pinfalls gave the guests an 18-0 lead in the team standings early on. Sophomore Cole Tawney ended the hosts’ winless streak in the 126-pound division after claiming an 18-5 majority decision over Keanu Hallowell for an 18-4 deficit.
Athens, however, followed their first loss of the night with six straight victories in the 132-pound through 170-pound divisions, giving the Bulldogs a whopping 44-point edge headed into the last four divisions.
Senior Mark Allen snapped the losing skid for the Blue Devils after posting a 5-3 decision over Alex Trittpo in the 182-pound weight class, then senior Briggs Shoemaker gained the Blue Devils’ first pinfall of the night after a second period win over Dennison West in the 195-pound division for a 48-13 deficit.
Junior John Byus posted a first-round pinfall win over Jed DeBruin in the 220-pound weight class, and Scott Warren earned a forfeit win in the heavyweight division to wrap up the 14-match event.
Gallia Academy’s next home match will be on Thursday, Dec. 20, when the Blue Devils welcome Point Pleasant for a non-conference dual match at 6 p.m. The Coaches Corner Classic will also be held at GAHS on December 27 at 10 a.m.
GAHS-Athens dual results
106: Skyler St. Peter (A) wins by forfeit. (6-0 AHS)
113: Cortel Gainey (A) pins Michael Edelmann (GA), 2:41. (12-0 AHS)
120: Emmett Covington (A) pins Scott Mash (GA), 1:15. (18-0 AHS)
126: Cole Tawney (GA) 18-5 major decision over Keanu Hallowell (A). (18-4 AHS)
132: Andy Vu (A) 20-7 major decision over Nathaniel Waugh (GA). (22-4 AHS)
138: Austin Jeffers (A) pins Jacob Hicks (GA), :46. (28-4 AHS)
145: Hunter St. Peter (A) 10-2 major decision over Blake Wilson (GA).(32-4 AHS)
152: Corey Abdella (A) pins Ryan Terry (GA), 1:29. (38-4 AHS)
160: Dallas Lazear (A) pins Zack Graham (GA), 4:39. (44-4 AHS)
170: Troy Stalder (A) 15-7 major decision over Justin Reynolds (GA). (48-4 AHS)
182: Mark Allen (GA) 5-3 decision over Alex Trittpo (A). (48-7 AHS)
195: Briggs Shoemaker (GA) pins Dennison West (A), 3:11. (48-13 AHS)
220: John Byus (GA) pins Jed DeBruin (A), 1:57. (48-19 AHS)
285: Scott Warren (GA) wins by forfeit. (48-25 AHS)