NMS?Grapplers Host Tournament Over Weekend
A handful of teams were stopped by the snow and couldn’t attend, but the sixth annual New Martinsville Middle School Dual Wrestling Tournament went on as planned Saturday, Jan. 14. Although cold outside, things really heated up on the mats with several top-rated teams in West Virginia entering the field of 11 to see who would take home the championship trophy.
Number one ranked Milton made a four-hour drive worthwhile by winning its second championship in a row by defeating top-five-ranked Beverly Hills 51 to 27 in the final. Mason Dixon conference power Mannington was pushed into third place by losing to Milton 57-24 and to Beverly Hills 48 to 27.
The home standing New Martinsville Blue Eagles came across with a four win-one loss record for the day, losing only to champion Milton 62 to 21. This was good for the fourth place trophy to add to the season’s laurels. The rest of the day saw the Wetzel County grapplers hold their own against more state-ranked competition by defeating Westwood 66 to 12, Spencer 58 to 32, South Morgantown 45 to 32, and Moundsville 50 to 24.
Said long time wrestling coach John Holliday, “We really look forward to hosting this tournament every year. Competition comes from southern West Virginia, the eastern panhandle, and some of the best teams from the Ohio Valley area.
“They like to come to see teams they wouldn’t normally see in the course of a season. This is a great experience for our boys and everyone works really hard to make this event happen. A big thank you to the parents, faculty, and the students who helped us put on such a first-rate tournament.”
The coach continued, “Our team really came together to get our fourth place award. This was a total team effort. The quality of the teams finishing ahead of us was outstanding; the level of ability and technique schools like Milton and Beverly Hills brings in is at the highest level. Every wrestler we put on the mat really took it to the competition and this award means something special to me and to our athletes.
“Right before Christmas break we traveled to Wheeling to compete in the Bridge Street tournament. We won handily over much larger schools that had much more experienced wrestlers. We are changing the perception that there is no good competition in the sport between Marshall County and Wood County.”
NMS wrestlers will have rematches with Moundsville and Follansbee today, Jan. 18, in Moundsville. Follansbee was the runner-up at the Bridge Street tournament. Then it’s off to the season finale at the Fairmont University Feaster Center for the Mason Dixon Championships Jan. 27-28 in Fairmont.
NMS Wrestlers participating:
78 lbs., Jack Booth (undefeated for the tournament); 84 lbs., Riley Nice; 90 lbs, Doug Riter (undefeated for the tournament); 95 lbs., Briana Liddle; 102 lbs., J. T. Stillwagoner; 110 lbs., Joseph Layman; 116 lbs., Clay Adams and Michael Smith; 135 lbs., Paden McConaughey (undefeated for the tournament); 135 lbs., Brennan Petin; 145 lbs., Caleb Nice; 171 lbs., Mikey Dantrassy; Heavyweight, Myles Hostetler.