CALHOUN WRESTLERS AT WILLIAMSTOWN RUMBLE - Red Devils Try To Rebound From Second At CCIT

(01/31/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

Perhaps it is a geography thing. Perhaps it is a perception thing. Perhaps it is not really knowing. But whatever the reason Calhoun County’s fifth-ranked Class AA-A wrestling team gets dismissed quite often with faint praise … “Calhoun is always tough.”

That was how Calhoun is being characterized heading into the Williamstown Rumble today.

The tournament features some very tough teams including host Williamstown (second in AA-A); Calhoun (fifth); St. Marys (eighth in AA-A); Turner Ashby, Va., (second in its class in Virginia); Bridgeport (which beat Calhoun in a dual match early in the season); Independence; Marietta, Ohio; Bishop Donahue and St. Albans. Wrestling gets under way today at 10 a.m.

Calhoun is the defending champion and hopes to repeat. Calhoun is led by three 30-win wrestlers including Eric Metz (30-0), Justin Ashley (30-1) and Paul Goodrich (30-1).

While Metz and Ashley have been noticed in places besides Calhoun, Goodrich apparently hasn’t.

In a story about Williamstown 160-pound wrestler Shane Smith (probably the wrestler in the state) his top competition was listed as Jim Young (19-4) of Turner Ashby, Va., and Dylan Hashman (24-5) of St. Marys. Not listed was Goodrich. Goodrich beat Hashman in one Calhoun-St. Marys match while Metz (while wrestling at 171) pinned him in the other.

Perhaps it is geography. Perhaps it is perception. Perhaps it is not knowing. But whatever the reason, Goodrich was overlooked.

Which probably suits the Red Devils just fine.

Calhoun will go into today’s match with a lineup that should include:

103 – Bryan Gungle (16-7) if he makes weight. If not Seth Jarvis will wrestle in this spot.

112 – Eddie Burrows (16-9).

119 – Jaron Sampson (19-9).

125 – Justin Ramsey (24-9).

130 – Justin Ashley (30-1).

135 – Andrew Cummings (26-4).

140 – Justin Price (21-8).

145 – Dustyn Nichols (15-12.

152 – Eric Metz (30-0).

160 – Paul Goodrich (30-1).

171 – Dustin Carpenter (7-9) if his injured leg has healed enough.

189 – Michael Roberts (13-13).

215 – Justin Whipkey (8-12).

UNL – NA.

Following today’s match the Red Devils are idle until competing in the Herbert Hoover Duals on Feb. 4.


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