Fairland wrestlers finish 4th

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 12, 2004

CHESHIRE - Four placers meant fourth place.

The Fairland Dragons had four wrestlers place as they finished fourth in the River Valley Invitational Saturday.

Gallipolis won the tournament with a 4-1 record. Pt. Pleasant, 4-1, was second and River Valley, also 4-1, took third place.

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Places for teams with identical records were determined by special criteria.

Fairland was 3-2 to place fourth followed by Crooksville at 3-2, Vinton County 2-3, Greenfield McClain 1-4, and Federal Hocking was 0-5.

Michael Blatt went 4-1 to place fourth in the 189-pound division for Fairland.

Three wrestlers placed third as Travis Jones was 4-1 at 135 pounds, Tim Layne 4-1 in the 145 division, and Casey Galligan ran his record to 21-3 with a 4-1 record in the 160 class.

"Casey wrestled really well. His only loss was to a state qualifier," Fairland coach William Chambers said. "And Michael Blatt was on our reserve team and he did a nice job against varsity wrestlers. It was a really good tournament."

The Dragons wrestled Friday at Chesapeake.