FAIRMONT - The Winners Choice Wrestling Tournament has gone through several name changes through the years but one thing rings true. It is still one of the premier events for prep grapplers in West Virginia.
Now in its 34th year, over 400 wrestlers from 33 teams participated in the mid-season event.
Ripley won the tournament in 2011-'12 and entered the tourney ranked No.2 in AAA. This year, the Vikes entered with that same ranking but did not get the same results.
Daryl Hicks (285) was the only first place finisher for Ripley and they left the event fourth in the final tally with 141 points.
To the surprise of many, Point Pleasant took the event (186.00). Washington High was No. 2 (169.00) and Parkersburg finished just ahead of the Vikings (159.00).
In the consolation round 152 Preston Martin (152) took a 6-0 decision over Nitro's Tristian Woodson. Ripley hits the mats again on January 26 when they travel to Pittsburgh for the PCC Duals at Pittsburgh Central Catholic.
106 Ty Reynolds, Washington High School Fall Austin Spears, Parkersburg, .28
113 John Raike, Point Pleasant Fall Nick Johnson, Parkersburg, 3.10
120 Ryan Elliott, North Marion Dec Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, 12-8
126 Tyler Cross, Washington High School Dec Lucas Simpkins, Ripley, 3-2 OT
132 Scott Lopez, University Dec Kody Kernan, Musselman, 9-8
138 Noah Searls, Point Pleasant Dec Jake Martin, Ripley, 7-6
145 Kyle Krieger, Riverbend High School Dec Mike Cicchino, Hedgesville, 5-2
152 Cody Spinks, Musselman Fall Seth Cutright, Buckhannon, 2.52
160 Jake Smith, George Washington Dec Dylan Ceravalo, Washington High School, 5-2
170 Nick Boone, Cabell Midland Dec TR Hill, Point Pleasant, 2-1
182 Jared Haught, Parkersburg Fall Garrett Onderko, East Fairmont, 1.42
195 Jesse Roman, East Fairmont Dec Jake Bennett, Hyndman, 4-3
220 Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior Dec Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon, 4-3 ULT
285 Daryl Hicks, Ripley Fall Taylor Ortiz, Morgantown, 4.34
106 Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon Dec Logan Robertson, Shady Springs, 4-2
113 BILLY CHARLTON, Meyersdale M-Dec Cole Moore, Roane County, 10-2
120 Johnny Forren, Shady Springs Dec Jason West, Parkersburg, 9-5