West Virginia High School Wrestling
From the Fairmont Times-West Virginian On-Line edition, January 31, 1997

Top-ranked South dismantles Huskies, 64-14

By Matt Jacobs

RACHEL -- Question: Just how good is two-time defending state Class AAA wrestling champion Parkersburg South?

Answer: Real good.

The No. 1-ranked Patriot wrestling team invaded North Marion Thursday night, leaving little doubt why they've attained such lofty status in wrestling circles in and around West Virginia.

Parkersburg dismantled the fourth-ranked Huskies in front of a capacity crowd, 64-14, winning 11 of the 14 bouts in the Class AAA non-conference dual match -- 10 by fall. It was complete and total domination. Perhaps North Marion head coach Roy Michael summed up the Patriots' performance best.

"In a nutshell, South is on top of the mountain that everyone else is trying to climb," he explained. "And just when you think you've got a pretty decent wrestling team, they kick you in the face and send you back down the mountain.

"I'll tell you, if anyone wants to compete with them in the state tournament this year, they're going to have to assemble eight or nine extremely tough kids who will dedicate themselves to the task. Frankly, I don't know if it can be done."

Normally, North Marion is the team going for the fall. But this time, the Huskies got a taste of their own medicine.

"Personally, I hate to see us get pinned so frequently," Michael continued. "At least, if you don't accept the fall, you can salvage some pride. But we didn't salvage much tonight."

The evening actually got off to a positive start for the Huskies, with Josh Starsick winning by forfeit at 103. South's Justin Cox, considered to be one of the top wrestlers in the state in his weight class, didn't make the trip because of medical reasons.   The Patriots tied things up quickly in the team point standings, however, with Robby Shank pinning North's Ben Shearer at 112 (3:15).

Adam Gorby gave North a glimmer of hope at 119, registering an 11-4 decision over Dustin Collins. But Parkersburg's Zach Hasse pinned Brian Mayo at 125 (3:59), giving the Patriots a lead they never surrendered.

Ryan Besedich registered North Marion's third and final individual victory -- the only one by fall (1:39) -- at 152. His opponent, Mike Davis, is the regular 160-pounder for PS, but was forced to drop down to replace Ty Emerick.

Emerick wrestled at 145, winning by major decision (15-4) over Anthony Triviso. Chad Walter, Parkersburg's regular at 145, was held out with an ankle injury.

Also registering pins for the Patriots were Josh Smith at 130, Ron Crawford at 135, Jason Johnson, last year's state champ at 140, Brent Payne at 160, Luke Smith at 171, Todd Daggett at 189, Mike Sharp at 215 and Josh Middleton at 275.

Besedich's fall gave North 15 team points, but an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Jason Conaway subtracted one point from the Huskies' final total. Conaway was pinned by Luke Smith at 171 (1:29).

Patriots' head coach Paul Jackson also kept Scott Rhodes, last year's 135-pound Kentucky state champion, out of the lineup. Apparently, Rhodes is having difficulty adjusting to a new, and more demanding, wrestling environment.

"In all honesty, we expected things to be a little closer," Jackson commented. "Coach Michael always gets the most out of his kids. But he's got a young team this year.

"We didn't even have our best team out there tonight. Our kids travel all over the country to wrestle, so we don't really fear anybody. Of course, as soon as you start reading too many press clippings, someone will kick your butt."

In defeat, Michael had nothing but praise for the Patriots.

"Let me know if you saw any weaknesses," Michael asked, "because I sure didn't. And they didn't even have all their horses.

"It's not that (Parkersburg's) wrestlers are the most technically sound in the country, or anything. They're just very physical and mentally tough. They wrestle hard for six minutes."

North Marion (18-4) will be idle until Saturday when they join John Marshall and Preston County at the Oak Glen Quad. Oak Glen is ranked second in the state in Class AA while John Marshall is currently rated No. 3 in Class AAA.

NOTES: Parkersburg South's reputation and No. 1 ranking brought out Marion County coaches Mark Delligatti (West Fairmont) and Dave Tennant (East Fairmont) to view Thursday night's action.   West Fairmont will host its own Quad today at 6 p.m., featuring teams from Nitro, Preston and Buckhannon-Upshur. PARKERSBURG SOUTH 64, NORTH MARION 14

103 -- Josh Starsick (NM) won by forfeit

112 -- Robby Shank (PS) pinned Ben Shearer (NM), 3:15

119 -- Adam Gorby (NM) dec. Dustin Collins (PS), 11-4

125 -- Zach Hasse (PS) pinned Brian Mayo (NM), 3:59

130 -- Josh Smith (PS) pinned Mike Shearer (NM), 1:18

135 -- Ron Crawford (PS) pinned John Ramsey (NM), 2:53

140 -- Jason Johnson (PS) pinned Micah Kiger (NM), 3:01

145 -- Ty Emerick (PS) maj. dec. Anthony Triviso (NM), 15-4

152 -- Ryan Besedich (NM) pinned Mike Davis (PS), 1:39

160 -- Brent Payne (PS) pinned Bob Hawkinberry (NM), 2:41

171 -- Luke Smith (PS) pinned Jason Conaway (NM), 1:29

189 -- Todd Daggett (PS) pinned Randy Stout (NM), 3:50

215 -- Mike Sharp (PS) pinned Scott Moore (NM), :55

275 -- Josh Middleton (PS) pinned Jim Gaines (NM), 2:24
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