By CHUCK RIDENOUR
If Monday’s performance is any indication, Shelby’s Devin Williams is headed toward another banner season.
The 285-pound senior Whippets needed only 45 seconds to pin Hillsdale’s Caleb Ritter during an all-star match sponsored by the North Central Ohio Wrestling Officials Association.
The match, which was held in the Shelby High School gymnasium, featured 15 bouts that consisted of three one-minute periods.
Area wrestling coaches nominated their best wrestlers to take part and the officials set up the pairings. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund set up by the officials’ association.
“It’s a good way to kick off the season," noted first-year Shelby coach Ted Tonn.
Besides Williams, the Whippets were also represented by Riley Place, Brahm Ginter, Trevor Bowman and Michael Bentley.
Williams, who was the Northern Ohio League champion a year ago and sported a record of 38-4, has had little time in the practice room after the extended playoff run by the SHS football team.
“It felt amazing," remarked Williams about being on the mat. “Wrestling is one of my favorite sports. But, getting on the mat after 13 weeks (of football)... I’m tired."
Noting it takes a couple of weeks to get into good wrestling shape, Williams was pleased to dispose of his opponent quickly.
Place and Ginter fought to draws with their foes. Place and Lexington’s Mason Hardman battled to a 6-6 standoff at 132 pounds. Ginter and Ashland’s Ricky Maffett were in involved in a 0-0 deadlock at 150 pounds.
In other matches involving Shelby wrestlers, Bentley fell by 21-4 technical fall to Mansfield Madison’s Carson Speelman at 145 pounds and Bowman was pinned by Sid Ohl of Ashland at 160 pounds.
The Whippets kick off their 2016-17 campaign Saturday at the Mansfield Madison Invitational.
NORTH CENTRAL OHIO WRESTLING OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION ALL-STAR MEET
At Shelby High School
113 - Dakota Blanton, South Central, decisioned Clay Eagle, Ashland, 2-0.
195 - Rick Thomas, Clear Fork, decisioned Devin Goshinski, Ashland, 9-5.
132 - Riley Place, Shelby, tied Mason Hardman, Lexington, 6-6.
113 - Austin McNamara, Ashland, pinned Nick Dillon, Lexington, 2:51.
138 - LeConte Merrill, Mansfield Madison, pinned Austin Smiley, Hillsdale, 1:51.
145 - Carson Speelman, Mansfield Madison, decisioned Michael Bentley, Shelby, 21-4.
152 - Nic Baker, Lucas, pinned Garrett Crowner, Clear Fork, 0:28.
285 - Devin Williams, Shelby, pinned Caleb Ritter, Hillsdale, 0:45.
106 - Landon Plank, Ashland, pinned Logan Dauch, Lucas, 1:28.
160 - Sid Ohl, Ashland, pinned Trevor Bowman, Shelby, 2:24.
150 - Brahm Ginter, Shelby, tied Ricky Maffett, Ashland, 0-0.
190 - Josh Bever, Ashland, decisioned Aiden Ammons, Lexington, 4-0.
285 - Tyler Newlan, Ashland, pinned Kes Hooper, Lexington, 1:38.
106 - Nick Dillon, Lexington, decisioned Jorge Gabriete, South Central, 6-1.
113 - Matt Taylor, Ashland, decisioned Dakota Blanton, South Central, 8-4.