The Shadyside Tigers showed no hangover whatsoever from their impressive showing at last weekend's Ron Mauck OVAC Tournament.
Taking part in the inaugural Ohio High School Athletic Association Team Tournament, the top-seeded Tigers successfuly passed their first test, ousting Union Local, which had fought off St. Clairsville in the first round, during Region 21A action in Tiger Town.
Next up for the Tigers is a date with Belpre Wednesday at a site to be determined by the OHSAA. Shadyside could end up hosting again since it's the top seed, but it won't know officially until the OHSAA makes the announcement.
Union Local’s Matt McFarland takes down Shadyside’s Scott Hammond during their 182-pound match in the second round of the OHSAA?Team Tournament Wednesday evening in Shadyside. McFarland won the match by a 7-1 decision.
Belpre advanced to the third round with a bye because Beallsville withdrew from the event.
Shadyside defeated the Jets by a 45-27 count, thanks to its strength in the middle weights where recently crowned OVAC champions Ian Baker, Alex Quinn and Chase Kinemond all reside.
While head coach Scott Kinemond had a feeling of what to expect from his senior trio, he had some question marks at other spots.
"This was a good win for us," Kinemond said. "Some of our younger kids really hung tough. A few won and the ones who didn't get pinned, which is big not to give up the six points. That was huge for us, which I am really pleased with them."
After UL's Zach Sowers recorded a pin at 132 pounds, the Jets had pulled even at 27.
However, the Tigers ended the match with Brett Kahl receiving a forfeit, which was followed by a pin by Baker at the 3:49 mark of the match and Quinn ended the dual with a pin at the 1:45 mark.
Kinemond got the Tigers out to a quick 6-0 lead when he recorded a pin at the 49-second mark.
Shadyside also received pins from Zach Meadows at 285 and Zach Vaughn at 113.
"This is a nice event because it's just more mat time for the kids," Kinemond said. "It's a chance to get the kids more experience. We live for another round and we'll see what Belpre's all about next week. I guess they don't have a bad team, so we'll take it one at a time."
Union Local's match with St. Clairsville was back-and-forth throughout. All 14 of the matches were determined either by pin or forfeit, which led to the tie and eventual 10-minute delay as the officials sorted the criterias before awarding the Jets the victory.
It took until 'Criteria H', which is the greatest number of first points scored. Union Local had 10 points, while the Red Devils had nine.
"That was our first criteria match and it's obviously pretty exciting to come out on top after sorting it out," said UL head coach Jim Bob Lewis.
The Red Devils had edged the Jets by two points during their dual earlier in the season.
"It feels good to progress toward the end of the season when the matches really start to matter more," Lewis said. "We've got a young group and we're not going anywhere. We're just going to keep climbing."
St. Clairsville senior Corey Ernest, who won the OVAC title last weekend, recorded the quickest pin of the evening, needing just 14 seconds to record his victory.
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