75 Third Place: Jon Howard(Moundsville) fall R. Smith(HF)
83 Third Place: Chris Siers(Ritchie) dec. Chris Bittler(HF) 11-2
90 Third Place: Ryan Bumgardner(Ritchie) fall Mike Fasouletos(Moundsville)
95 Third Place: Joey Lobis(Ritchie) dec Gerald Blake(Moundsville "B")
102 Third Place: Paul Fishback(HF) fall J.H. Coughlin(Bridge St)
110 Third Place: Kyle Smith(HF) dec. Lincoln Campbell(Tyler Co) 14-7
116 Third Place: Chris Dorsey(Sherrard) dec. Tony Hardin(HF) 11-4
123 Third Place: Shawn Fullerton(Cameron) dec. Jake Conjeski(Union) 5-2
128 Third Place: Julian Berisford(Moundsville) dec. Mark Staggers(Cameron) 7-3
135 Third Place: Dave Rowan(HF) fall Luke Roupe(Cameron)
145 Third Place: Josh Riese(HF) dec. Ryan Quinlin(Sherrard) 8-0
155 Third Place: Joe Doty(Cameron) dec. Dustin Crawford(Moundsville)
165 Third Place: Art Badger(HF "B") fall J.R. Robinson(Ritchie)
250 Third Place: Jeff Robbins(Union) fall Ben Blum(Sherrard)
Comments: The 2nd Annual Moundsville Invitational was held at the John Marshall Fieldhouse in Moundsville. Buckeye Local 9th cancelled at the last moment, but there were still 8 teams present.
Sherrard got ahead in the semi-finals by putting 8 in the finals to Cameron's 6. Although Cameron closed to within 3 points after the quick wind-up of the 116 finals, Sherrard held on to win 181-172. This reversed the finish of the top two teams in the Cameron Tournament at the beginning of the season. Both teams had a few flu victims and were missing a couple wrestlers.
Hard wrestling was the order of the day: Cameron had 4 champions, Moundsville and Sherrard 3 each, Bridge Street 2, Union and Harpers Ferry 1 each.
Not only was there an intense battle for 1st, Harpers Ferry and Moundsville waged their own private battle for 3rd place. Moundsville took the lead after a Chris Taylor pin in the 145 finals, but Harpers Ferry matched it with a Ryan Fierro fall at 155. When the smoke cleared, the two were tied at 138. The tournament was directed by Larry Chambers, long-time Moundsville JHS coach. Wrestling commenced at 10:30 and was finished by 4:30.
Submitted by: Randy Bierce, Sherrard JHS coach
Updated February 1, 1998