Ripley Middle wrestlers place third at Wood County

Mark Martin
Luke Parsons and his Ripley Middle School wrestling team placed third in the recent season-ending Wood County Invitational.

The season-ending Wood County Invitational saw Ripley come away as one of the top three in the team standings.

Luke Parsons’ crew accumulated 181 points in finishing behind champion Jackson (241.5) and runner-up Edison (231).

“Our team wrestled really hard,” said Parsons.

Blennerhassett was behind Ripley in the team standings with 179.

Others were: Williamstown (118), Ravenswood (79), Wirt County (67), Hamilton (59), Pleasants County (53), Ritchie County (32) and Spencer (13).

Ripley would have three wrestlers bring home championships.

In the 123-pound class, Cody Lawrence was crowned champion with a pin of Edison’s Brandt Butcher in the finals.

Lawrence earned an opening round bye and then pinned Hamilton’s Dylan Walters to reach the championship match.

At 128, Ethan Kay completed a perfect 20-0 season with a pin over Edison’s Hunter Ryan.

For the season, Kay had 19 pins and a technical fall.

Cooper Durst at 155 also enjoyed a 20-win season. Durst beat Ravenswood rival Trent Bush in a thrilling match, 1-0, for the title. Durst suffered just one loss on the season.

Durst pinned Jackson’s Jordan Hess and Williamstown’s Hunter Haddox to reach the finals.

Placing second for Ripley was Cam Good, who lost a 17-7 major decision in the finals of the 110-pound class to Jessie Showalter of Hamilton. After a first round bye, Good pinned Lucas Horner of Jackson to advance into the title match.

At 135, Garrett Brown was also a runner-up. Brown suffered a 3-1 setback to Blennerhassett’s Aeneas Lauderman in his title match.

Brown pinned his way into the finals against Zacheri Medina of Hamilton and Drake Jewell of Ritchie.

Eli Phalen placed third by registering a pin over Waylon Bamiak of Williamstown in the 90-pound class.

Mason Philyaw was third at 116 by pinning Kayden Sees of Edison.

Michael Vaughan at 171 was third. He pinned Jackson’s Adam Elder in his consolation championship match.

At 190, Carter Neal, who entered the tournament unseeded, pulled some upsets to place third. In his final match he pinned Tyson Kimball of Point Pleasant.

Jackson Vanhoose, a first-year wrestler, placed fifth for Ripley in the 95-pound class.

Cayden Bissell placed sixth at 78.

Wade Myers in the 84-pound class and Noah Hall in the heavyweight division both were dealt two tough losses in the tournament.