CANTON, OH - The Ripley High Wrestling team traveled to Canton, Oh for the 55th annual Canton Holiday Tournament.
The event reigns as the longest running wrestling tournament in Ohio and draws nationally ranked grapplers from around the country and is hosted by North Canton’s Hoover High School.
The Vikings are no strangers to success in the prestigious east coast rumble. In 2012, Ripley finished with 133 points and a sixth place finish.
The No. 3 ranked (WV) Class AAA Vikings were looking to see how they sixe up against top shelf competition and were joined by fellow West Virginia high school, Wheeling Park.
Wheeling Park took a ninth place finish with 92.50 points. The Vikings didn’t fare as well as a team this year, finishing 29th in a field of 33, notching only 25 points.
A bright spot was the performance of 2012 state runner up Lucas Simpkins. The super sophomore finished fifth at (126) and went (5-2) in competition.
Simpkins won one match by fall, one by technical fall and three by decision. His most thrilling victory was probably a (4-2) decision over Madison Comprehensive’s Trae Coopwood.
No other Viking managed more than one victory in the tourney.
“We had a pretty rough tournament in terms of wins and losses but I think our overall effort was much better. As a group we made tons of mistakes and we have to correct them on a short turnaround for duals against three tough teams,” said Coach Matt Smith.
Ripley travels to Parkersburg South tonight to face the Patriots, Buckhannon and Cabell Midland.
RESULTS FROM CANTON - 106 JOSH SINCLAIR Record: 1- 2 Lost DEVIONE EDWARDS LORAIN Fall :39 Won KYLE BUCK HOLLAND SPRINGFIELD T-Fall 3:00 Lost JORDIN JAMES BEDFORD M-Dec 17-5 113 ANDREJS DANILUKS Record: 1- 2 Lost CHRIS DOYLE GREEN T-Fall 17-2 Won Conner Psaris GLEN OAK Fall 1:48 Lost Martice Johnson THOMAS WORTHINGTON Fall 4:09 120 ANTONIO JONES Record: 0- 2 Lost NOAH SCHUAB GREEN Fall :33 Lost EVAN SNOW JACKSON (MASSILLON) Fall 4:14 126 LUCAS SIMPKINS Record: 5- 2 5th Place Won DEVENS FAJARDO OLENTANGY Fall 2:31 Won BRANDON BROWN McKINLEY T-Fall 15-0 Lost DEVIN ROGERS NORTHWESTERN (SPRINGFIELD) Dec 4-2 Won
COREY RIGGENBACH WADSWORTH Dec 8-2 Won XAEVIER EDWARDS LORAIN Dec 5-1 Lost WALKER CHIEFFE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Dec 3-1 Won TRAE COOPWOOD MADISON COMPREHENSIVE Dec 4-2 132 KYLE SMITH Record: 0- 2 Lost ZACH EARNSBERGER NORTHWEST (CANAL FULTON) Fall :41 Lost ROY PARLE KENMORE Fall 2:24 138 CHASE MORGAN Record: 0- 2 Lost MAX HALL OLENTANGY T-Fall 15-0 Lost DALTON BURNS MILAN EDISON Fall 1:22
145 CHANCE MORGAN Record: 0- 2 Lost JOSH BOSTIC JACKSON (MASSILLON) Fall :17 Lost DEJUAN DANIELS KENMORE Fall 2:42 170 DONAVYN ESTEP Record: 0- 2 Lost CHRIS HEAD JACKSON (MASSILLON) T-Fall 17-2 Lost JAKE WENSYEL WHEELING PARK WV Fall 4:22
182 ANTHONY JARVIS Record: 0- 2 Lost CALEB TERNENT JACKSON (MASSILLON) M-Dec 13-3 Lost TOMMY RICKER WHEELING PARK WV Dec 1:40 195 AUSTIN HALL Record: 1- 2 Lost CHRIS MEFFERT LAKE (UNIONTOWN) Fall 4:00 Won GRANT HOLCOMB FIELD Fall 1:37 Lost CLAYTON BRANDENBURG WADSWORTH Fall 2:17 220 GARRETT PHILLIPS Record: 0- 2 Lost KYLE GREEN WADSWORTH Fall 4:38 Lost TREVON ALLRED MADISON COMPREHENSIVE Fall 4:12 285 FREDDY ROUSH Record: 1- 2 Lost SADI SANTANA LORAIN Dec 7-1 Won COLLIN MEFFERT LAKE (UNIONTOWN) Dec 4-3 Lost WILL KANTERS JACKSON (MASSILLON) M-Dec 14-1