POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Everyone else was battling for second.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team won 33 of its 42 individual matches — which included six losses by forfeit — while claiming top honors Wednesday night during a home quad match against River Valley, Williamstown and Sissonville in Mason County.
The Big Blacks accumulated a 20-3 overall record in head-to-head matches that were actually held, with 18 of those wins coming by pinfall. The hosts also had a dozen different grapplers finish the night with perfect marks, with all but two of those posting perfect 3-0 records.
Both PPHS and River Valley won their head-to-head contests against Williamstown and Sissonville. The Raiders claimed a 49-24 win over WHS and earned a 33-24 decision over the Indians. Point Pleasant, conversely, defeated SHS 60-6 and also beat the Yellow Jackets by a 66-18 margin.
In the final dual of the evening, the Big Blacks defeated RVHS by a 57-12 margin with 12-of-14 victories — which included five pinfall wins and three forfeit wins. The Silver and Black won a single match by pinfall and another by forfeit.
George Smith (113), Caleb Lane (120), Austin Wamsley (145), Tyler Clendenin (170), Grant Safford (182) Andrew Roach (195) and Juan Marquez (220) all earned two pinfall wins apiece while posting perfect 3-0 marks.
Justin Cornell (106) and Logan Southall (132) both earned a pinfall win while going 3-0. Brian Gillispie also went 3-0 with two forfeits and a decision in the heavyweight division.
Jacob Roub scored two pinfall wins and went 2-0 at 152 pounds, while Jacob Bryant also earned a forfeit win at 152 pounds. Colton Carr dropped all three of his matches at 160 pounds.
The Raiders had seven of their 10 grapplers come away with winning records at the event, with Jeremiah Dobbins serving as the only unbeaten for RVHS with two pinfall wins and a 3-0 mark at 138 pounds.
Jacob Edwards (113), Eric Weber (160) and Grant Gilmore (170) each scored a pinfall win while posting identical records of 2-1. Edwards also had the highlight match of the night after earning a 27-22 overtime victory in his match against Sissonville.
Joseph Burns (120), Dakota Doss (220) and Robert Drummond (285) also finished the evening with identical marks of 2-1, but none of the trio recorded a pinfall win.
Derek Johnson scored a pinfall win and went 1-2 overall at 182 pounds. Zach Stein was also 1-2 at 195 pounds. Joseph Dale also lost all three of his matches at 152 pounds.
RVHS was 9-13 overall in head-to-head matches that were actually held and the Silver and Black also came away with six pinfall wins.
The head-to-head score of the Williamstown-Sissonville match was unknown as of press time.
Complete results of the quad match held at Point Pleasant High School are available on the web at wvmat.com
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.