Oak Glen takes care of business

WEIRTON, W.Va. — The Oak Glen wrestling team may not be as dominant as it has been in the past, but the Golden Bears still know how to get it done on the mat.

Oak Glen proved that once again Saturday afternoon by sweeping John Marshall and Madonna in a tri match inside the Bill Barret Gymnasium. John Marshall ended up with a split.

The Golden Bears defeated the Monarchs, 40-30, before besting the Blue Dons, 66-11. John Marshall opened the tri by defeating Madonna, 51-26.

Oak Glen won the first five weight classes against John Marshall, and it won the first six against Madonna. The Golden Bears won eight of the 14 weight classes against the Monarchs.

“We came out and wrestled really well,” Oak Glen head coach Patrick McGillian said about his team’s performance against John Marshall. “We knew we had to win early because we knew when they got to 160, that is their strength. We were able to come out with the win.

“Trey Wright was losing in the third, and he was able to get a pancake and a pin. That was helpful. Kyle Flanigan at 195 came up big as well. They were the difference in the match.”

John Marshall made the match interesting as the Monarchs picked up a lot of points in the upper weight classes, but their deficit was too much to overcome. Theywon six weight classes in the match.

“The matchups against Oak Glen did not favor us, however, some of our less experienced kids wrestled really well,” John Marshall head coach Ted Zervos said. “We lost a couple of matches when we were ahead on the scoreboard in the last period. That hurt us.”

For Oak Glen, Gavin Ray (126 pounds), Peyton Hall (132), Wright (138), Jaden Glenn (152) and Kyler Flannigan (195) all won via pinfall. Also, Camden Barr (106) won by major decision, while Shawn Moore (113) and Kaden Lundy (120) won by decision.

For John Marshall, Jordan Wood (145) and Brady Williams (285) won by decision, while Anthony Carmen (160) and Jacob Berisford (170) won via forfeit. Eric Wood (182) won by pinfall in an exhibition match.

The Monarchs got off to a slow start against the Golden Bears, but it was the opposite against the Blue Dons in the first match of the day. John Marshall started the match with five straight wins, en route to building a 30-0 advantage.

The Monarchs went on to win nine weight classes, while the Blue Dons won five.

For John Marshall, Ethan Gray (113), Dakota Bonds (120), Austin Love (132), Wood and Carmen all won by pinfall, while Matthew Tschappat (106), Peyton Shook (126) and Charles McCool all won by forfeit. Finally, Berisford won by decision.

“Our boys this season have not wrestled up to my expecations,” Zervos said. “We were hit and miss. I knew if we could put the pieces together we would be a good team. In the Madonna match, we brought all of the pieces of the puzzle together. That is the best match we have wrestled all year.”

Madonna won three matches by pin and two matches by major decision. Individually, Alec Cook (138), Garrett Cook (182) and Ryan Ekey (285) all won by pinfall, while Evan Daniels (152) and Donavan Kirby (195) won by major decision.

“We competed well against a strong John Marshall team,” Madonna head coach Jamie Lesho said. “It was a rough match. We got a little banged up.”

Madonna was outmanned against Oak Glen. The Golden Bears won 11 weight classes, while the Blue Dons won two.

For Oak Glen, Moore, Lundy, Hall and Glenn all won by pinfall, while Barr, Ray, Jonathan Creese (145), Wyatt Strum (160), Flannigan and William Minnis (285) all won by forfeit. Also, Dylan Heinrich won by default.

“Madonna was banged up from its match against John Marshall,” McGillian said. “The ones who wrestled for us wrestled well. There were a lot of forfeits.

“I am definitely happy with the win over John Marshall. We wrestled well.”

The Golden Bears have matured throughout the season.

“My goal coming into the season was for us to have 10 dual wins,” McGillian said. “We have a young team, and we are 14-7. I am very happy with that. You can ask my assistant coaches. We surpassed the goal I set for the team. Overall, I am very happy. We have a young team. We have been in some tough battles.”

The matches were the final ones of the regular season for all three teams as the teams will next compete in the upcoming regional tournaments.

Oak Glen and Madonna will compete Friday and Saturday at the West Virginia Class AA-A Region 1 Tournament at Fairmont Senior.

“We have four practices to prepare for regionals,” McGillian said. “We are going to keep doing what we are doing. We are going to show up and compete. Our region is tough.”

Oak Glen 40,

John Marshall 30

106: Camden Barr (OG) m.d. Matthew Tschappat, 13-0

113: Shawn Moore (OG) dec. Ethan Gray, 9-2

120: Kaden Lundy (OG) dec. Dakota Bonds, 4-1

126: Gavin Ray (OG) p. Peyton Shook, 3:36

132: Peyton Hall (OG) p. Jarrod Yocum, 1:41

138: Trey Wright (OG) p. Austin Love, 3:29

145: Jordan Wood (JM) dec. Johnathan Creese, 3-0

152: Jaden Glenn (OG) p. Jesse Hudson, :54

160: Anthony Carmen (JM) forfeit

170: Jacob Berisford (JM) forfeit

182: Eric Wood (JM) p. Dylan Heinrich (Ex)

195: Kyler Flannigan (OG) p. Charles McCool, 1:56

220: Double forfeit

285: Brady Williams (JM) d. William Minnis, 5-3 (2OT)

Oak Glen 66, Madonna 11

106: Camden Barr (OG) forfeit

113: Shawn Moore (OG) p. Austin Macek, 150

120: Kaden Lundy (OG) p. Nick Cekinovich, :32

126: Gavin Ray (OG) forfeit

132: Peyton Hall (OG) p. Roman Baird, 3:15

138: Alec Cook (M) t.f. Trey Wright, 18-1

145: Johnathan Creese (OG) forfeit

152: Jaden Glenn (OG) p. Evan Daniels, 4:33

160: Wyatt Strum (OG) forfeit

170: Dylan Heinrich (OG) default Jacob Todd

182: Garrett Cook (M) forfeit

195: Kyler Flanningan (OG) forfeit

220: Double forfeit

285: William Minnis (OG) forfeit