GLEN DALE - Ripley High School’s AAA No. 4 ranked Vikings were coming off of a heartbreaking defeat to No. 1 Huntington last week and were set to travel to Glen Dale West Virginia last Saturday to get the bad taste out of their mouths and compete in the John Marshall invitational.

Ripley did more than that. They swept through the competition like a bargain hunter at a yard sale. The Vikings, in the process, shredded AA No. 1 East Fairmont 51-23.

Ripley also took down John Marshall, McGuffey (PA), Oak Glen and Calhoun County to complete a tremendous showing for the blue and white.

“The entire team looked better every time they went out. Several lost matches on small mistakes but they realize now how important the small details are,” said head coach Matt Smith, a state champion for the Vikings in 2002 at (130).

Ripley’s undefeated wrestlers at the invitational included  Lucas Simpkins (126), Jake Martin (138), Preston Martin (152), Nate Starkey (170) and Daryl Hicks (285).

A heavyweight clash of the titans occurred between Ripley’s Hicks and East Fairmont’s Logan Bowman. Hicks wore down his opponent in a thrilling OT match, 2-1.

It wasn’t just seniors like Hicks doing the damage for the blue and white.

“Some of our younger guys are stepping up and getting better every time they step on the mat. That is the goal, to keep moving forward and getting better as the season progresses,” said assistant coach Franklin Howerton.

The Vikings travel to Canton Ohio for the North Canton Tournament December 14.

Results from John Marshall Invitational: Ripley 51    East Fairmont 23
106    Shane Johnson (R) won via forfeit
113    Deonta Sacks (EF) pinned Andres Danilukes  1:11 1st period
120    Antonio Jones (R) dec. Jeremy Moore 9-3
126    Lucas Simpkins (R) won via forfeit
132    Austin Hileman (R) tech fall Travis Gordon (EF) 20-4
138    Jake Martin (R) maj. Dec. Michael (EF) 9-1
145    Hayden Stewart (EF) pinned Levin Bryant (R)  1:33 1st period
152    Preston Martin (R) pinnedWilson (EF)  1:34  1st period
160    Alex Espino (R) tech fall Matt Hopwood (EF) 19-4
170    Nate Starkey (R) maj. Dec. Cole Valentine (EF) 9-1
182    Garrett Onderko (EF) pinned Martin Kuhl (R)  1:15  1st period
195    Jesse Roman (EF) maj. Dec Greg Medina (R) 8-0
220    Garrett Phillips (R) won via DQ over Canigild (EF)
285    Daryl Hicks (R) dec. Logan Bowman 2-1 OT
Ripley 54 Calhoun County 14
106: Shane Johnson R via forfeit
113: Housten McCune Cal TF Andrejs Danilukes R 15-0
120: Chris Goad Cal dec Antonio Jones R 5-3
126: Lucas Simpkins R pin Devan McKown Cal 1st
132: Austin Hileman R dec Levi Gordon Cal 10-4
138: Jake Martin R pin Johnny Taylor Cal 1st
145: Cole Ritchie Cal dec Levi Bryant R 6-0
152: Preston Martin R pin Cole Boatright Cal 1st
160: David Overbay Cal dec Alex Espino R 4-1
170: Nate Starkey R pin William Zajac Cal 1st
182: Martin Kuhl R pin Erin Stevens Cal 1st
195: Greg Medina R pin Chris Lacy Cal 1st
220: Garrett Phillips R dec Austin Metheney Cal 10-5
285: Daryl Hicks R pin Andrew Satterfield Cal 1st
Ripley 51 Oak Glen 15
106 Ryan Debee OG p. Shane Johnson
113 Danny Wyke OG p. Andreas Daniela’s
120 Josh Cornell OG dec. Antonio Jones 6-4
126 Lucas Simpkins rip decKyle Mack OG 9-2
132 Austin Hileman rip major dec. 13-4 OG
138 Jake Martin rip maj dec. nick Tice 14-4
145Levi Bryant Rip dec Patrick Arneault 11-4
152Preston Martin rip dec. will hogan 4-1
160 Alex espino rip maj dec. Devon Chadwick 10-0
170 Nathanial Starkey rip p. Noah flowers
182 Martin kuhl rip forfeit
195Greg medina rip p. Barry strum
220 Garrett Phillips rip deq. Noah Mills
285 Daryl Hicks rip forfeit
Ripley 51 McGuffey PA
106    Gage Nicolien (M) maj. dec. Shane Johnson (R) 10-1
113    Aaron Harris (M) pinned Andres Danilukes (R) 1:15 2nd period
120    Antonio Jones (R) won via forfeit
126    Lucas Simpkins (R) pinned Mercedes Spettigrew (M) 1:27  1st period
132    Austin Hileman (R) pinned Erik Whitfield (M) 1:15  2nd period
138    Jake Martin (R) won via forfeit
145    Tyler Harris (M) pinned Levi Bryant (R)  1:05  1st period
152    Preston Martin (R) pinned Gillispie (M) 1:23  1st period
160    Alex Espino (R) dec. Bedillion (M) 4-1
170    Nate Starkey (R) pinned McElhoes (M) 1:23  1st period
182    Herrle (M) pinned Martin Kuhl (R) 1:22 1st period
195    Greg Medina (R) won via forfeit
220    Steinstra (M) pinned Garret Phillips (R) 1:37  1st period
285    Daryl Hicks (R) pinned Johnson (M)  1:21  1st period
Ripley 42    John Marshall 30
106    C. Tubaugh (JM) pinned Shane Johnson (R) 1:21  1st period
113    Z. Tubaugh (JM) pinned Andres Danilukes (R) 1:36  1st period
120    Keller (JM) dec. Antonio Jones (R) 12-8
132    Austin Hileman (R) dec. Mowder (JM) 4-1
138    Jake Martin (R) pinned Hall (JM) 1:30  3rd period
145    Blatt (JM) maj. dec. Levi Bryant (R) 14-4
152    Preston Martin (R) maj. dec. Boles (JM) 16-6
160    Simmons (JM) dec. Alex Espino 9-7 OT
170    Nate Starkey (R) tech fall Wood (JM) 15-0
182    Martin Kuhl (R) pinned Morgan (JM)  1:33  3rd period
195    Greg Medina (R) pinned Fisher (JM)   1:39  2nd period
220    Ebbert (JM) pinned Garrett Phillips (R) 1:51  1st period
285    Daryl Hicks won via forfeit