Tigers take down Southern in Semi’s!
JAN 31, 2020
For The Intelligencer
WELLSBURG — The days and years on the calendar may change, but Shenandoah winning OVAC Bill Hinegardner Dual Meet Championships doesn’t.
The top-seeded Zeps three-peated Thursday night by claiming the Class 1A/2A title with a 63-12 triumph over No. 3 Shadyside after disposing of fourth-seeded Bridgeport, 48-21, in the semifinals.
In 2018-18, Shenandoah won the Class 1A/2A title. Last year it prevailed in Class 3A.
“We’re just building momentum toward the end of the season,” Shenandoah coach Jesse Wells said. “It feels really good in how far we’ve come in a short amount of time. The kids have bought in and worked really hard. It’s an awesome feeling.”
The Zeps were led by OVAC Ron Mauck Tournament champion Easton Hitchens (285) and runnerup Alex Overly (120).
The Tigers, who barely finished the season a year ago after a dominant run several years back, received victories from Andrew Brown (132) and Jakob Klug (170).
“From where we were last year with only four kids to where we are now being OVAC runnersup team-wise, that’s obviously a great direction that we’re going in,” Shadyside second-year coach Chase Kinemond said. “Hopefully, we can continue that the remainder of this year and into next year.”
Shadyside made it to the finals with a thrilling, 36-30, win over No. 2 Southern Local.
The Tigers competed without four regulars in Kooper Chimley (126), Brendan Schrader (145), Rhys Francis (160) and William Robinson (182).
Bridgeport defeated Southern Local, 40-27, for third place. The Bulldogs were the defending class champs but graduation losses took their toll.
Winning twice for Bridgeport were Mason Aberts (132), Peyton Pyle (138), D’Zayveon Richmond (145), Skylar Hatten (160) and Devin Danhart (220). The Bulldogs were without Zach Kuneff (285).