Sandy Valley claims IVC wrestling title

By Brian king The Press-News Published:

Sandy Valley wrestling once again reigned supreme in the IVC.

The Cardinals bested the rest of the field in the end of the year tournament last Saturday at Ridgewood High School by accumulating 458 points to top the field for the 11th time in 12 years.

Garaway claimed runner-up honors with 415. It was followed by Newcomerstown and Ridgewood with 235, Malvern with 81 and Tusky Central with 46.

Sam Groff was named the IVC Wrestler of the Year as he went out and took first place in the 182-pound weight class.

The senior remained unbeaten on the season at 45-0 as he pinned Garaway's Logan Wilson in the finals at 1:33.

Also claiming individual titles were Hunter Vanderpool at 106, Brandon Carbenia at 113, Joe Newman at 126, Brett Stoffer at 160, and Nick Smith at 195.

Vanderpool needed less than two minutes to win his only two matches. He pinned Codi Rathacher of Newcomerstown in just 14 seconds, and felled Wayne Kandel of Garaway at 1:16.

Carbenia made quick work of his only match on the day, pinning Malvern's Phillip Christner at 1:58.

Newman won all three of his matches. He pinned Chris Billetter of Garaway at :26 and Genaro DeMonte of Tusky Central at 2:40, and decisioned Cole Zeigler of Ridgewood 7-3.

Stoffer pinned Ben Hostetler of Ridgewood at 1:14, Erik Hayhurst of Newcomerstown at 3:07, and Tucker Boreman of Garaway at 1:55.

Smith pinned Jordan Kalina of Garaway in the finals at 1:31.

Seconds went to Evan Offenberger at 120, Eric Cassidy at 132, Hudson Cole at 170, and Jake Geiger at 220.

Placing fourth were Andrew Griffin at 138, Jaret Oliver at 145, Avery Elifritz at 152, and Kevin Helms at 285.

John Groff, who is in his final season at Sandy Valley, went out with a bang. The head coach received IVC Coach of the Year honors for the job he has done with the Cardinals this season.

This is the 11th IVC Championship under Coach Groff and the fifth time he has been named IVC Coach of the Year during his 36 years at Sandy Valley.

The Cardinals will now shift their attention to the OHSAA Division III Sectionals at Barnesville High School this weekend. Wrestling will begin on Friday, Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m. and continue on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class will move on to districts, which will be at Philo High School on Feb. 22-23.

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