The West Jefferson wrestling team played the role of gracious host during its annual West Jefferson Invitational Tournament on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28, but when it came down to winning the team championship the Roughriders were guilty of being selfish.
The Roughriders held onto the team championship trophy by scoring 432 points and outlasting the other 16 teams for the title.
Watkins Memorial was the closest competitor, finishing a distant second with 339 points. Piqua was third (301) and was followed by Union Local (283), Eastwood (280), Madison-Plains (279), Licking Heights (255), Hillsboro (224.5), Greenfield McClain (207), Westland (191), Westerville Central (187), Canal Winchester (146), Adena (114), Columbus West (102), Western Brown and East Clinton (93) and Franklin Heights (27).
West Jefferson had three individual champions in Jake Burns (182), Louis Weymss (195) and Carter Harris (220), Cory Brown placed second at 195. Other placers for the Roughriders included Cody Dingess (third, 152), Ricky Ratcliff (third, 145), David Staten (third, 106), Joe Benedict (fourth, 113), Josh Doherty (sixth, 138), Anthony Sabin (sixth, 120) and Damir Pereria (sixth, 126).
Madison-County neighbor Madison-Plains had a strong showing as a number of the Golden Eagles top wrestlers had stellar weekends.
Madison-Plains High School’s James Violet pinned Canal Winchester’s Justin Guzman in 34 seconds for the championship at 113 pounds, while Jake Datz also pinned Matt McFarland of Union Local in 3:31 to win the title at 170 pounds. Tim Violet just missed out on winning a title at 138 pounds after losing to Union Local’s Bobby Stewart 14-7 in the final.
Other Golden Eagles placers were Robert Miller (sixth, 182), Lee Griffin (fourth, 195) and Andrew Bevin (sixth, 220).