COSHOCTON -- Indian Valley finished fourth out of 22 teams at the highly competitive Stitcho Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday at Coshocton High School. The Braves were in fifth after the first round but improved their position by one spot after the second day of competition.
Minerva took top honors with 440 points with River View scoring 422 for the runner-up spot. Coming in third was Newark Catholic, followed by Indian Valley (408). Ridgewood came in 11th while Newcomerstown was 18th.
The Lion's win ended River View's streak of three straight titles.
The Braves had one champion in Aaron McMahon, who brought home the top trophy for the 130 pound weight class. Bo Gilmore finished second at 160 while Justin Meese was third at 119.
Gilmore's loss came at the hands of River View's Brett Mellor, who was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.
Will Allen of Ridgewood came in second at 135 while teammate Zach Queen finished fourth at heavyweight.
Newcomerstown's Marcus Mardis was top dog for Newcomerstown as he came in fourth at 140. Also placing were Casey Dressler (103) in seventh place and Brian Beckett (135) in the eighth position.
The Braves had five wrestlers go undefeated after the first day of wrestling, including Darrin Warner (112), Meese, Hunter McLaughlin (130), Gilmore, and Colton Cantrill (215).
Saturday's wrestling started two hours late due to a fallen tree near the school that knocked out power in the area.
Stitcho Classic final results:
1. Minerva 440; 2. River View 422; 3. Newark Catholic 414; 4. Indian Valley 408; 5. Licking Valley 338; 6. Granville 332; 7. Tusky Valley 313; 8. Canton South 302; 9. Coshocton 301; 10. Morgan 291; 11. Ridgewood 286; 12. John Glenn 256; 13. Sparta Highland 225; 14. Canton Timken 164; 15. Malvern 150; 16. Tri-Valley 127; 17. Shenandoah 126; 18. Newcomerstown 116; 19. Madison Plains 106; 20. Mapleton 90; 21. Tuscarawas Central Catholic 67; 22. Conotton Valley 46.