By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Point Pleasant freshman George Smith, right, battles to maintain leverage on a Ripley opponent during a 106-pound match during a January 6 quad match at Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant, W.Va.


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WINFIELD, W.Va. — A nice little tune-up for the locals before heading into the postseason.

Point Pleasant and Gallia Academy respectively finished first and second out of 10 wrestling teams Saturday at the 2016 Bill Hughes Snap Fitness Invitational held at Winfield High School in Putnam County.

Both the Big Blacks and Blue Devils had six grapplers apiece finish in the top-two of their respective weight classes, and only eight points separated the two programs in the final team tallies.

PPHS finished the event with four individual champions and a winning team score of 102 points, while Gallia Academy had two weight class champions and a final score of 94 points. Roane County finished third overall with 87 points.

The Big Blacks had two grapplers finish the event with perfect 4-0 marks as Grant Safford (182) and Tannor Hill (220) won their respective weight classes, while George Smith (106) and Hunter White (170) each went 3-0 overall on their way to divisional titles.

Scotty Wilcox (120) and Brian Gillespie (285) each went 3-1 overall while finishing second in their respective divisions, while Andrew Roach (160) was 3-1 and Miles Williams (152) was 4-1 overall as each placed third.

Jacob Roub (138) and Chris Lush (145) each went 3-2 overall while finishing fourth, and James Patterson was also fourth with a 1-3 mark at 195 pounds.

Jared Stevens (113) and Anthony Sipple (195) each claimed weight class titles for the Blue Devils, while Caleb Greenlee (106), Kaleb Crisenbery (145), Hunter Jacks (160) and Justin Reynolds (195) all earned runner-up efforts at the event.

Kyle Greenlee (120) and Isaiah Holley (132) both earned third place finishes, while Boo Pullins (152) and Ryan Terry (170) each came away with fourth in their respective weight classes.

Point Pleasant hosts the Class AAA Region IV tournament on Saturday, while Gallia Academy travels to Alexander High School for the Division II sectionals on Friday and Saturday.

NOTES: Point Pleasant senior Scotty Wilcox picked up his 100th career victory with a pinfall win over Gallia Academy’s Kyle Greenlee in the 120-pound semifinal match Saturday.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Point Pleasant freshman George Smith, right, battles to maintain leverage on a Ripley opponent during a 106-pound match during a January 6 quad match at Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_2.17-PP-GSmith.jpgPoint Pleasant freshman George Smith, right, battles to maintain leverage on a Ripley opponent during a 106-pound match during a January 6 quad match at Point Pleasant High School in Point Pleasant, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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