2017-12-13 / Sports

Zimmerman, Davis, Mundey & Ryan capture championships at 33rd Max Horz Invitational

Tribe edged for team Championship


Senior 182 lb. CJ Ryan works on scoring against a Hedgesville wrestler in the finals at the Max Horz Tournament. Ryan won 12-1. Senior 182 lb. CJ Ryan works on scoring against a Hedgesville wrestler in the finals at the Max Horz Tournament. Ryan won 12-1. Fourteen teams ventured to Berkeley Springs High School this past Friday and Saturday, December 8-9 for the 33rd Max Horz Border Wars Invitational. The Max Horz tournament has always been one of the state’s toughest early season tournaments, but in recent years due to surrounding areas running their own tournaments there had been a decline in teams participating.

Fast forward to this year’s tournament and the work behind the scenes from the Berkeley Springs coaches and other individuals the Max Horz tournament had a familiar feeling with 14 teams and over 147 wrestlers participating.

A point and a half separated first place from second place in the 33rd Max Horz Border Wars Invitational team championship race. Unfortunately for the Berkeley Springs Indians wrestling team, because they were on the short end of the stick as they came up one and a half points shy of James Wood for the team championship.


Senior 160 lb. Dave Mundey working on a cradle against a Hedgesville wrestler in the finals at the Max Horz Tournament. Mundey won 15-0. Mundey was nominated as one of the outstanding wrestlers of the tournament. photos by Rodney Hovermale Senior 160 lb. Dave Mundey working on a cradle against a Hedgesville wrestler in the finals at the Max Horz Tournament. Mundey won 15-0. Mundey was nominated as one of the outstanding wrestlers of the tournament. photos by Rodney Hovermale Despite the disappointment of not capturing the team title the Tribe did have four wrestlers capture individual titles.

The Indians sent nine wrestlers into Saturday morning’s championship semi-finals and six of the nine advanced to the finals as Cole Morris (126), Brandon Shaw (132), Ethan Zimmerman (138), Zach Davis (145), Davy Mundey (160) and CJ Ryan (182) all picked up wins. With three teams (Berkeley Springs, James Wood and Hedgesville) in the running for the team title it looked like the Tribe was on the verge of wrapping up the title. However James Wood picked up some key wins in the third/fourth and fifth/sixth place matches and took a two point lead into the championship finals with four of their wrestlers also in the finals.

In the 126 lb. finals Morris took on Matthew Farrar from Fishburne Military School. Farrar took Morris down quickly in the first period and was able to secure a pin over the Tribe sophomore.

In the 132 lb. finals junior Shaw took on James Wood’s Corey Lemons in the only head to head matchup between Berkeley Springs and James Wood. Shaw took an early lead, but Lemons battled back and eventually took a 9-4 decision over Shaw.

In the 138 lb. finals sophomore Zimmerman brought a perfect 12-0 record to the championship match against Jefferson’s Marco Tapia. Zimmerman wasted no time in maintaining his perfect record as he threw Tapia to his back and pinned him at the 1:25 mark in the first period. Zimmerman was eventually named Co-Wrestler of the Tournament for the 106- 145 lb. weight class with Spring Mills freshman Michael Dolan who like Zimmerman steamrolled the competition to maintain his perfect 13-0 record.

In the 145 lb. finals Tribe senior Davis also came into the event with a perfect 12-0 mark. Davis faced Fort Hill’s Paxton Wertz. In the first period Davis scored the opening takedown but Wertz rebounded to tie the score at 2- 2. Davis then got a couple more scores and eventually took the 6-2 decision to claim his Max Horz championship.

In the 160 lb. final the Indians senior Mundey was on a quest to capture his fourth Max Horz championship and maintain his perfect record as well. Mundey took on Hedgesville’s Jared Barnhart. Mundey showed that he is more than ready to make another run at the state finals as he decimated Barnhart 15-0 for the tech fall victory and improve his record to 14-0 for the season. Mundey capped off his win by being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 152-HWT weight class.

The Indians had a surprise finalist in Ryan a senior who was back wrestling since middle school. Last week in Hedgesville Ryan went 9-1 and had an impressive outing. Ryan faced off with Hedgeville’s Gage Abrecht in the finals of the 182 lb. weight class. Ryan took an early lead, but saw Abrecht battle back to cut the score 3- 2. Ryan then was able to fend off Abrecht’s attack in the final seconds of the match to capture his first ever Max Horz championship.

The Indians had several other wrestlers place in the top six of their respective weight classes. Lee Nicholson (fifth, 106 lbs.), Logan Zimmerman (third place, 120 lbs.), Vaughn Shaw (fifth place, 152 lbs.) and Peyton Thompson (third place, 170 lbs.).

On a side note championship Saturday had a missing team that affected the championship finals and possibly even the team scores as Paul VI Catholic School out of Fairfax, VA had to go back home on Friday night due to their county issuing a no extracurricular snow policy for Saturday. Paul VI had seven wrestlers in the championship semi-finals and at the time was in second place in the team standings after Friday night’s wrestling.

The Tribe will be back on the mats this coming Friday and Saturday as they will travel to Musselman High School for the Musselman Duals. The Indians will get in 10 grueling matches against some of the best teams around. The Tribe will be in Friday’s pool with Maryland powerhouse Southern Garrett, Spring Valley, Walt Whitman, Hedgesville and Clarke County. Wrestling will start at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, December 15.

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