by JOHN HOWLEY / sportingpumpkin.com
WILLIAMSPORT — Westfall placed a wrestler in the top four in all but one weight class Saturday on the way to winning the Scioto Valley Conference championship.
Westfall finished with 245 points while Huntingon was second with 174. Unioto was third with 163.
The Mustangs had three individual champions and six wrestlers take second to win the school’s seventh straight title.
“They all stepped up,” Westfall coach Will Breyer said. “A lot of the guys bumped up weight classes so we could get more points.
“Our three champions stepped up and got us big points.”
Antony Hoty won the title at 113 pounds. He went 2-0 on the day with both wins coming by pin.
Wayne Kitchen claimed the title at 138 pounds. He went 4-0 with three pins and a 12-5 decision.
Bryce Wickline was the winner at 157 pounds. He went 4-0 with three pins and a 7-5 decision.
Those who bumped up weight for the Mustangs included Trey Keeton (2nd at 190 pounds), Christopher Hossfeld (2nd, 175) and Christian Furniss (3rd, 126).
One of the day’s highlights was Adena’s 165-pounder Isaac Gray. He pinned all four of his opponents Saturday to win his fourth SVC championship and won his 150th match in the process.
With seven of the eight SVC schools competing, the tournament was conducted as a five-round, round-robin event.
Now the focus turns to the state tournament, which begins in two weeks.
“That’s the beauty of the schedule. Now team is over and it’s all about them,” Breyer said. “We’ve got to make sure they get pushed in the practice room.
“It becomes a little more fun now.”
SVC Middle School Championships
The SVC conducted its middle school championships in conjunction with the high school tournament Saturday.
Five schools were represented by 37 wrestlers with Huntington taking first with 181 points and Westfall second with 151.