PARKERSBURG - In a clash of the titans, the No. 3 ranked Ripley Wrestling team fell to Buckhannon-Upshur (46-36) and Parkersburg South (61-15) in what served to be a showdown of ranked Class AAA squads at South’s Rod Oldham Athletic Center on Tuesday night.
In 2012, the Vikings took down South in what was Ripley’s first ever win in a head to head matchup versus the Patriots.
Ripley tangled with No. 6 B-U out of the gate in what proved to be a very heated, competitive affair.
Viking highlights included Lucas Simpkins (126) pin of Franklin Canter in 1:06. Simpkins wasted no time in picking up early back points before finishing off his opponent.
Two time defending state champion Jake Martin (152) made quick work of B-U’s Jack Garcia in :39 seconds of work.
Anthony Jarvis and Austin Hall also enjoyed pin-wins while Garrett Phillips won via forfeit.
Versus No. 8 South, the Vikings could not seem to get uncorked. After Ripley’s Andrejs Danilukes (113) won via forfeit, it was a long haul for the Vikings.
Simpkins (126) stood victorious with a 6-2 decision over Austin Harris and Martin (152) pinned Nick McCutcheon in 1:27.
It’s worthy of noting that Martin looks sharp on the mat after recovering from football related injuries.
South defeated B-U, 48-27.
Ripley coach Matt Smith has had the task of filling the shoes of graduated state qualifiers with inexperienced underclassmen, but makes no excuses.
“While I am in no way happy with the way things went, I think our team scores don’t reflect the progress our guys have made since our first practice. We have work to do but we will get there. ”
Ripley travels to John Marshall and will also face Preston and Brooke at the JM Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Buckhannon-Upshur 46 Ripley 36
106 Josh Sinclair (R) won via forfeit
113 Brandon Tenney (BU) maj. dec. Andrejs Danilukes, 12-2
120 Joey Shreves (BU) p. Antonio Jones, 1:47
126 Lucas Simpkins (R) p. Franklin Canter, 1:04
132 Tyler Demastes (BU) p. Kyle Smith, 1:33
138 Dakota Linger (BU) p. Chase Morgan, 3:35
145 Matt Fair (BU) p. Chance Morgan, 0:35
152 Jake Martin (R) p. Jack Garcia, 0:39
160 Logan Cutright (BU) p. J. T. Spurlock, 1:32
170 Seth Cutright (BU) p. Donavyn Estep, 1:24
182 Anthony Jarvis (R) p. Cody Helm, 1:58
195 Austin Hall (R) p. Aaron Montalvo, 0:51
220 Garrett Phillips (R) won via forfeit
285 Daniel Nolte (BU) p. Freddie Roush, 3:06
Parkersburg South 61 Ripley 15
106 Hunter Cline (PS) dec. Josh Sinclair, 9-2
113 Andrejs Danilukes (R) won via forfeit
120 Colten Nangle (PS) p. Antonio Jones, 1:52
126 Lucas Simpkins (R) dec. Austin Harris, 6-2
Page 2 of 2 - 132 Ryan Taylor (PS) p. Kyle Smith, 0:31
138 T. J. Lambiotte (PS) maj. dec. Chase Morgan, 13-2
145 Hunter DeLong (PS) p. Chance Morgan, 0:48
152 Jake Martin (R) p. Nick McCutcheon, 1:27
160 Damon Gandee (PS) p. J. T. Spurlock, 0:35
170 Sam Atkinson (PS) p. Donavyn Estep, 3:36
182 Matthew Dixon (PS) p. Anthony Jarvis, 1:54
195 Tyler Newhart-Koreski (PS) p. Austin Hall, 2:26
220 Logan Dilliner (PS) p. Garrett Phillips, 1:30
285 Thomas Hall (PS) p. Freddie Roush, 3:13
113 Logan Ball (PS) p. Andrejs Danilukes, 1:04