GLEN DALE - After a lackluster team performance at Parkersburg South on December 17 that likely facilitated the Ripley Wrestling team to drop a notch to No. 4 in the Class AAA polls, the squad got back on the winning track by sweeping the field at John Marshall High School on December 21.
The blue crew was a little salty and anxious to get back on the winning track. They did so with fervor and purpose as they downed John Marshall 50-30, Brooke 59-9 and Preston County 61-15.
Every grappler on the Ripley roster has now won at least one match and freshman Kyle Smith won the first of his young career. Smith is a first year wrestler for Ripley.
The biggest thrill of the night was to see Preston Martin back on the mats. Martin suffered a knee injury in the state finals last season.
He had surgery and missed all of the 2013 football season where he was set to return as the team’s leading tackler from his linebacker position.
Aside from a taste of action versus Riverside on December 9, the senior had not seen action thus far in the wrestling season.
Martin (160) won by pin versus John Marshall and Brooke and notched a forfeit win versus Preston County.
“It was good for Preston to get some matches under his belt. It was good for him and our team.
While he has been practicing for a while, he needs experience to make adjustments in his approach during competition,” said Viking coach Matt Smith.
“As a team, we performed well. We must continue to improve.”
Viking assistant Franklin Howerton sees the team progressing with each practice and match.
“Our young guys are getting valuable experience and our upperclassmen are getting healthy and leading the team on the mats.”
Due to JN’s holiday deadline, complete results were not available.
TEAM RESULTS VERSUS JOHN MARSHALL:
106 Josh Sinclair (RIP) Dec. 11-2 Cody Holmes (JM)
113 Brandon Bertrand (JM) WBF 2:25 Andrejs Daniluks (RIP)
120 Antonio Jones (RIP) Forfeit
126 Lucas Simpkins (RIP) Forfeit
132 Josh Rine (JM) WBF 3:02 Kyle Smith (RIP)
138 Chase Morgan (RIP) Dec. 18-5 Ralph Dunlap (JM)
145 Dylan Hall(JM) WBF :27 Chance Morgan (RIP)
152 Jake Martin (RIP) WBF :45 Marshall Eckleberry (JM)
160 Preston Martin (RIP) WBF :43 Richie Devore (JM)
170 Donavyn Estepp (RIP) WBF 1:57 Andrew Wanat (JM)
182 Anthony Jarvis (RIP) Forfeit
195 Cameron Fisher (JM) WBF :28 Austin Hall (RIP)
220 Cullen Ebbert (JM) WBF :32 Garrett Phillips (RIP)
285 Freddy Roush (RIP) WBF 1:31 Nathan Simmons (JM)