Waynesboro wins Jefferson Invitational

January 12, 1997


Staff Correspondents

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - The Waynesboro Indians dominated the 24th Jefferson Invitational wrestling tournament, scoring 192 team points, almost 20 points ahead of second place Fairmont Senior.

"It was an outstanding team effort, and I'm proud of them all," coach Dan Ireland said. "We got mileage from unseeded wrestlers going into the finals, from pins and from tech falls. I thought we could do it all along."

Waynesboro had one individual champion, T.J. Zasa (130), who pinned Nick Hedrick of Fairmont Senior, in very quick aggressive fashion. Chris Zasa (119) was runner-up to Jay Golden of Parkersburg (W.Va.), last year's state champion at 119. Shawn Marvich (125), Craig Hight (135), Josh Price (152) and Adam Walizer (171) also took seconds for Waynesboro. Price defeated defending West Virginia state champion John Jackson of Jefferson in the semifinals, 18-4. Waynesboro's Russian exchange student, Denise Alampiyev (160), took third.


Host Jefferson placed third with two finalists. Ryan Zombro (160) lost by injury default, while senior T.J. Cooper (112) lost a major decision to Hedgesville freshman sensation Jim Shetler, 15-7. John Jackson (152), J.D. Kirby (171) and R.J. Carey (189) each took third place.

Shetler, younger and shorter than Cooper, looked like a veteran on the mat, using a combination of tight waist holds and aggressive takedowns to become the first champion at this tournament from Hedgesville in any weight class. Another Hedgesville freshman, Anthony Regalbuto (103), displayed technique and confidence in his first match, but lost to senior Chris Satterfield of Parkersburg, the eventual tournament champion. Top-seed Pat Whitmore (119), who lost to runner-up Chris Zasa, took third, as did J.D. Murphy (HWT) for the Eagles.

Top-seed Mike Ridge (152) from Greencastle defeated Price, 7-6, for an individual championship, in a bout marked by controversial and unpopular referee's calls. Blue Devil Brandon Orris (215) won a first place by penalty disqualification.

Chambersburg wrestlers Brad Knotts (145) and Tyler Hart (HWT) both captured runner-up honors. Hart, a freshman, suffered his first loss of the season to Maryland's third-ranked heavyweight, Steve Ray from Wheaton.

Martinsburg's Josh Jackson (189) was disqualified in the second round for knocking out Matt Jansen of Greencastle with an illegal body slam. Jansen was the eventual runner-up.

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