VERSAILLES – The Versailles varsity wrestling team took on Southeastern Local in the 2013 Ohio High School Athletic Association Region 24 Division III wrestling team tournament quarterfinals.
Versailles came into the match as the No. 1 Division 24-B seed, facing the No. 8 seed.
“We are fairly healthy. We have a little bit of illness,” Versailles varsity wrestling coach A. J. Bey said. “Health wise we’ve been pretty good.”
The Trojans from South Charleston were no match for Versailles as the Tigers won 13 of the 14 weight classes, soundly defeating Southeastern 70-6.
Versailles 106 pound freshman Nathan Henry pinned Gavin Lloyd to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
Southeastern forfeited the next three weight classes to give the Tigers a 24-0 team lead.
At the 138 match, Matt Subler got a technical fall for Versailles over the Trojans’ Josh Bowman.
Southeastern won its only match of the night on a pin coming from Gabe Xayathone at the 145-weight class.
Brandon Christian at 152 and Brett Gigandet at 160 got the Tigers back on track with both wrestlers scoring pins for Versailles.
Freshman Kyle Gigandet defeated Trojans senior Jacob Cryder on a 15-0 technical fall to continue build on the Tigers’ lead.
Weight classes 182, 195 and 220 were forfeited by Southeastern, giving the Tigers a 64-6 lead heading into the final match of the night.
Versailles senior Andrew Smith finished off the night, pinning the Trojans’ Chad Demaree for a final 70-6 team victory for tournament host Versailles Tigers.
“They will get tougher after tonight,” Bey said. “We’ll have Troy Christian (next Wednesday in Versailles). They have some pretty tough wrestlers.”
Versailles advances to the regional semifinals, taking on Troy Christian at home, hosting the next round of tournament action at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Troy Christian defeated Miami East in the first dual match of the night. Miami East is coached by 1996 Greenville graduate and former outstanding Wave wrestler Jason Sroufe.
“A good team is going to come out of here next Wednesday,” Bey said. “Then we’ll have the winner coming out of Covington-Mechanicsburg. Will be a pretty good dual.”
Former Versailles varsity wrestling coach Bill Roll talked about his involvement in the inaugural year of the state team wrestling tournament.
“I was one of the members on the committee when I was on the Wrestlers Coaches Association,” Roll said. “Our association pushed this tournament pretty hard. I set on the committee the last three years to kind of set up as to how we were going to do this.
“This is run by the OHSAA. The winner of this tournament will receive the state championship trophy from OHSAA,” Roll said. “This is the state dual meet championship. Then there will be the tournament at the end. The traditional individual type tournament. This is a team tournament and what we hope happens with this, to win this you have to have a good program. You have to have 14 weight classes with solid kids.
“The state was split into eight regions and seeded out. Our thinking was the No. 1 seeds are pretty good programs and have good followings,” Roll said. “So to build this up, if we have them at those No. 1 seeds more people will attend. As the tournament moves through, the top seed left will get to host the tournament.
“Coach A. J. (Bey) asked me if I would come over here and help run the tournament at Versailles. I was just tickled to death to be able to help do it because I still love to be in the mix,” Roll said.