POINT PLEASANT – The Class AAA No. 3 Ripley Viking wrestling team fell on the road at Class AA No. 5 Point Pleasant on Thursday night in its final regular season match.
Senior Josh Sinclair, junior Hunter Burdette and junior B.J. Haynes picked up wins for the Vikings in their matches, continuing their strong performances heading into regionals this Saturday. Sinclair was a 5-3 winner against Point’s George Smith in the 113 pound match, while Burdette defeated Gregory Carr by pinfall in the 132 pound match. Haynes, the top-ranked 220 pounder in Class AAA, capped the night off with a pinfall victory over Juan Marquez.
Ripley now turns its attention to qualifying for next weekend’s WV State Wrestling Tournament. They travel to Parkersburg South on Saturday (February 18) for the Class AAA, Region IV tournament. Wrestling begins at 11:00 a.m. from the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
Point Pleasant 40 – Ripley 33
106: Koontz (Ripley) forfeit
113: Sinclair (Ripley) dec Smith (Point) 5-3
120: Lane (Point) fall King (Ripley)
126: Haskins (Ripley) forfeit
132: Burdette (Ripley) fall Carr (Point)
138: Bryant (Point) Majors Centeric (Ripley) 9-1
145: Roub (Point) forfeit
152: Abbas (Point) forfeit
160: Carr (Point) forfeit
170: Morgan (Ripley) forfeit
182: Safford (Point) dec Morgan (Ripley) 5-3
195: Roach (Point) dec Jarvis (Ripley) 3-2
220: Haynes (Ripley) fall Marquez (Point)
285: Gillisipie (Point) forfeit