Coming into Thursday's night county wrestling event, all three schools were battling injuries and illness while fielding young and inexperienced teams.
Coshocton overcame those struggles to claim the county championship with a 36-34 victory against Ridgewood and a 38-34 win against River View at Ridgewood High School.
"We had a pretty good night coming off a match last night," CHS coach Tim Ward said. "We have been getting great effort every time we hit the mats, and we want that to continue."
Spearheading the CHS effort were Jeremy Bresciani and Dom Johns, who each had a pin and forfeit victory for the Redskins.
Mark Lepley had a pin and major decision victory to aid the CHS sweep. Tanner Ward posted a major decision and forfeit, with Josh Ackley earning a decision and forfeit win.
Micah Demoss added a pin for Coshocton, while Brennen Alverson added a decision victory.
"We had eight freshmen out there tonight and I am happy with the growth we are seeing out of the young guys," Ward said. "We need to buckle down and get the guys into great shape heading into the second half of the season."
The Black Bears started the night with a 51-27 victory against the host Generals.
"We bounced back and wrestled a lot better tonight than we did last time out," RV coach Devin Klein said. "We are improving and we are getting to the point where we are wrestling and not thinking."
Josh Kempf had a pair of pins at heavyweight to lead the Old Gold and Black, while Leeland Lauvray had a pin and forfeit victory. Nick Conrad had a major decision to go along with a forfeit while other pins came from Adam Croup and Nick Fitz. Tyler Koch added a victory by decision.
"Every week we are working on a couple of things in practice to take to matches and we are seeing the kids translate that now," Klein said. "We are really stressing the heart and will that it takes to wrestle."
Ridgewood's team leaders had strong nights despite the pair of team losses as Garrett Bethel and Cole Zeigler each had a pair of pins.
"We came back and wrestled a lot better against Coshocton in the second match of the night," RHS coach Nate Carpenter said. "We ended on a positive note and we are seeing some growth in the younger kids."
One of those is Thor Reed, who picked up a pinfall and a decision victory for the Generals. Zach Donley also was a double winner with a forfeit and a decision. Other RHS wins came from Chancy Johnston by major decision and Scott Madison by decision.
"We still have a lot of work to do and there are a lot of things we don't know yet," Carpenter said. "We aren't there yet but we are definitely going in the right direction."
The rest of the scoring in the respective duals came via forfeits.