PARKERSBURG - Nick Havener's pin with 32 seconds left in the opening period during his 195-pound match against Parkersburg South's Matt Dixon sealed the West Virginia Duals team title Saturday inside Memorial Fieldhouse, as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy defended its crown by besting the Patriots, 35-27.
Despite giving up forfeits at both 106 to Logan Ball and to Patriots heavyweight Dane Mills, the Royals left town with the top prize and didn't lose a single dual during the two-day tournament.
In the championship finals, South led 6-0 after Ball's forfeit, but Ryan Bennett came out aggressive against the Patriots' Lance Hill and cut the deficit in half following a 5-3 decision at 113.
Parkersburg South's Braidon Knotts managed to avoid a pin against Ohio State recruit and the nation's top-ranked 120-pounder in Nathan Tomasello for 3:35, but the Royals took the lead 9-6 and never trailed again. Tomasello pinned his way through the tournament.
CVCA proceeded to capture four of the next five matches to take control as it built a 26-9 cushion.
Josh Decatur scored an 11-2 major decision against Patriots 126-pounder Kyle Knotts and Jordan Quiocho, who got a takedown with six seconds left in overtime to edge Parkersburg's Trapper Hays 3-1, was doubled up 6-3 by Royals 132-pounder Andy Dobben.
Although Tyler Richards nipped Royal Ricky Simonelli at 138 via a 6-4 decision, CVCA followed with a 9-1 major decision at 145 thanks to Jeff Hojnacki topping Jake Alexander and a pin at 152 when Chip Sturek lost in 3:12 to Matt Dobben.
PHS finished fourth after suffering a 34-30 defeat to Dayton Christian.
Springboro's 64-14 victory against Roane County placed the Raiders in sixth place while Hedgesville took seventh after a 46-34 victory against Lewis County.
Thanks to Brooke's 38-28 victory against Cabell Midland, the Bruins took ninth.