CHARLESTON, S.C. — If nothing else, it was a nice working vacation.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team finished 13th out of 53 programs Monday and Tuesday at the 2015 Coastal Clash held in The Palmetto State.
The Big Blacks faced some of the best competition from West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and ultimately came away with a trio of top six efforts and a combined 30-31 overall record between the 15 grapplers that participated.
PPHS junior Grant Safford had the best overall finish after plcaing third in the 195-pound division, while seniors Hunter White (182) and Tannor Hill (220) each finished sixth in their respective weight classes.
Safford went 5-1 overall and scored one pinfall win over Tyler Farris of Southside (AL). Safford also claimed decisions of 19-7 over Alex Todd (Hanahan, SC), 12-3 over Seth Hughes (Wando, SC), 7-0 over Christian Rubin (Goose Creek, SC), and 5-1 over Matt Wall (Camden County, GA). Safford’s lone setback came by pinfall to Eddie Smith of Belton-Honnie Path.
White went 4-3 overall and all seven of his matches were determined by decisions. White claimed wins of 4-1 over Tyler Martin (White Knoll, SC), 9-5 over Cole Hailie (Chapin, SC), 3-1 over Kanon Hawkins (Mauldin, SC), and 8-5 over Cade Rojas (Boiling Springs, SC).
White dropped decisions of 5-0 to Dominique Hargrave (Camden County, SC), 6-4 to Harrison Spikes (Mt. View, GA), and 4-3 to Brian Ambriz (Dorman, SC).
Hill went 4-3 overall and scored one pinfall win over Asa Gilliard of Fort Dorchester (SC). Hill also claimed decisions of 6-4 over Gilliard, 13-0 over Seth Dupree (Bob Jones, AL), and 8-3 over Malcolm Spencer (Altoona, GA).
Hill dropped decisions of 7-3 to Caleb Rubin (Goose Creek, SC), 5-3 to Knute Jones (Camden County, GA), and 10-5 to Jamar Williams (Dutch Fork).
Andrew Roach (170) and Scotty Wilcox (126) both finished the weekend with identical winning records of 3-2. George Smith (106), Luke Wilson (113), Christopher Lush (145) and Miles Williams (152) also went 2-2 each at the two-day event, while Jacob Roub (138), Charles Ebert (160) and James Patterson (285) earned a win apiece in three matches.
Camden County (GA) won the overall team title, with Dorman (SC) and Mountain View (GA) rounding out the top three spots.
The Big Blacks return to action Tuesday and Wednesday when they travel to Wheeling for the Wheeling Park Duals.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.