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  • 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
    Page 2 of 3 - 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
    Page 3 of 3 - 285 Daryl Hicks won via forfeit
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