Warren grapplers win 3rd straight team title

Warren's Cole Hupp wrestles with New Lexington's Jacob Vance Saturday in the Hickory Grove Invitational at Warren High School. Vance won by decision in the 145-pound weight class. Photo Mike Morrison.

VINCENT — Eight Warren High School grapplers claimed the top individual place in their respective classes as Warren claimed top team honors for the third consecutive season Saturday afternoon at the Hickory Grove Invitational at Warren High School.

For the second consecutive season Warren held off Athens and River Valley as 12 different teams hit the mats for the annual event.

All eight Warren wrestles were able to defeat their opponent in the final round as they came back to win after trailing Athens for much of the day.

Warren’s Cole Coffman pinned Williamstown’s Blade Britton in the seventh and final round to claim victory in the 106-pound class.

Belpre’s Andrew Maranda claimed second followed by Williamstown’s Brandon Burrel and Logan Wagner of Fort Frye.

In the 120-pound class Elijah Ross picked up the win for the Jim Rhodes-coached Warren squad as he pinned Caldwell’s Jacob Niswonger in the final round.

River Valley’s Coalton Burns claimed the runner-up spot followed by Niswonger and Kason Delancey of Fort Frye.

Warren’s Tristan Duffey won all five of his matches to win the 138-pound class, sealing the deal by pinning Tyler Walker of New Lexington just 27 seconds into the final round.

Williamstown’s Casch Somerville went 4-1 on the day to place second while Waterford’s Haden Offenberger and Fort Frye’s Hunter Mahoney scored top five finishes.

Liam Keller claimed the top spot in the 152-pound class for Warren as he pinned Jeremiah Dobbins of River Valley nearly six minutes into their final round match, while Brady Oberdier completed his perfect day for Warren in a crucial match by scoring a major decision over Tyler Shuler from Athens in the 160-pound class.

Belpre’s Jonathan Chapman placed fifth in the 152-pound class while Fort Frye’s Leo Baker claimed a fourth in the 160.

Warren got strong performances as well from their heavy-weights as Ronnie Hill (182), Dylan Anderson (195) and Nate Gessell (220) each pinned their opponent in the final round to clinch top individual honors.

Hill pinned Houston Montgomery of Maysville1:20 into the final round while Anderson took just 19 seconds to pin Fort Frye’s Thomas Lehart and Gessell 41 seconds to pin Caldwell’s Trevor Hayes.

Warren totaled 310.0 points to claim the top honors while Athens and River Valley duplicated their second and third place finishes from a season ago with 269 and 208 points respectively.

Maysville (189) and Williamstown (177) rounded out the top five.

Other individual winners included Williamstown’s Brantley Guckert (113) River Valley’s Jacob Edwards (126), Athens’ Chris Jackson (132), Belpre’s Hunter Gilbert (145) and Maysville’s Hayden McGee (170) and Colton Dayton (285).