War on the mat: Belpre goes 2-0 in quad; Warren 1-1, Marietta 0-2

The Belpre Golden Eagles went 2-0 in a quad wrestling meet that also included Marietta, Warren and Caldwell Wednesday night at Marietta Middle School.

After defeating Warren in its first match, Belpre came right back to beat Marietta 48-27.

“My team wrestled pretty well,” said Belpre head coach Scott Adams. “I still don’t have a full lineup. We’ve got kids that are injured, but everyone’s wrestling solid right now.”

Belpre got pins from Ethan Wiggers and Derek Davis, a decision win from Jake Hall, and an injury defeat from Matthew Colvin.

Gavin Stonaker, Zach Davis, Manney Tullius and Hayden Lowe all won by forfeit for the Golden Eagles.

For Marietta, Nick Spurr, Will Cogswell and Malachi Vaughn all won by decisions, but it wasn’t quite enough to win the duel against Belpre.

“I thought we had a very good matchup with some tough local teams,” said Marietta head coach Bill Heldman. “Some of our kids could’ve done a little better. A lot of other kids did well. Guys are beat up a little bit but all in all they had a good match.”

In addition to losing to Belpre, the Tigers also fell to Caldwell. Jonnie Hedrick got a pin in his match, while Spurr picked up his first of two pins on the night.

“Nick Spurr, he’s a senior. He’s doing well,” said Heldman. “He’s got a shot if he keeps working, a shot at making it to the state tournament.”

Caldwell was led in the match by pins from Kameron Rayner, Caleb VanMeter, Tyler Wiley and Jared Leasure.

While Warren dropped its opening match to Belpre, it was able to rebound strong with a victory over Caldwell.

Brandon Pahl, who is 19-3 on the year, and Levi Congelton have been two of Warren’s key wrestlers this year. Both picked up forfeit victories over the Redskins, but it was another Warrior grappler who came up big that had the biggest impact.

“Chris Massey stepped it up tonight in his match against Caldwell,” said Warren head coach Mike Pahl. “He really brought it home for us.”

Pahl would like to see his team get a little sharper as the season reaches the difficult part of its schedule.

“The kids were a little bit flat tonight,” Pahl said. “We’re wrestling four times in 10 days here. The tougher part of our schedule is coming up. We’ve got Sheridan this weekend and two weeks from now Miami Trace, who is also real tough. And it just gets tougher each week after that.”

Belpre, who improved to 8-4 with the pair of mat victories, is also looking to improve and gain experience as the season progresses.

“We’ve still got a way to go,” Adams said. “We’re still working on a lot of fundamentals and things like that.

“We’ve got a young team. We’ve got several freshman in the lineup so we’re still working with them at the varsity level. We’re still grinding away.”

For Marietta, the next match will be the Williamstown Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Warriors, now 18-7, are scheduled to get back at it this Saturday at the Invitational Larry Remmert Memorial at Sheridan High School.