Eagle Wrestlers Send One To State
With the regular season ending last week, West Virginia High School wrestling programs held their regionals over the weekend, deciding placers that would continue on to the state tournament in Huntington next weekend.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles came away with five podium placers at the Region I, Class A/AA eliminations at Williamstown High School last Friday and Saturday and will send one wrestler to the state championships in Huntington next weekend.
Williamstown hosted 13 teams at the Region I, class A/AA tournament with the Oak Glen Golden Bears continuing their dominance of Region I, taking the overall team trophy with an overall score of 268.50. The Bears also placed every single wrestler they brought in a top-four spot at the Regional level to guarantee a state match.
The team from Cameron placed second at the Regional events with 189.50, followed by Williamstown, 175.50; Weir, 127.50; St. Marys, 93.50; Ritchie County, 75; Clay Battelle, 66; Bishop Donahue, 47; Tyler Consolidated, 41; Weirton Madonna, 40; Magnolia, 25; Parkersburg Catholic, 11; and Wheeling Central, 0.
Blue Eagle sophomore Jared Wright, who finished fourth overall in the regionals, will represent the Blue Eagles at the state tournament, wrestling at 215.
In his first match of the tournament, Wright met up with Trent Hart of Ritchie, getting the decision, 5-2 for the win. Wright then faced Oak Glen’s Dylan Davis, who was victorious with a pin. Wright then took on Tyler Consolidated’s Adam Cross, winning by a fall. The win put him in position for the podium, wrestling for third/fourth place against Madonna’s Quintin Hukill. Wright took fourth place on the podium, earning a berth at the state tournament next weekend.
Wright finished the regular season with an 18-8 season record. At the state tournament, he is scheduled to face off with Tanner Shoemaker of Keyser in his first match.
At 285, Magnolia’s Tyler Baker was decisioned 5-0 in his first match by Noah Logston of Cameron. Baker was defeated by Oak Glen’s Dalton Davis in the next match and wrestled Ritchie County’s Seth Smith for fifth/sixth place. Baker took fifth place at the regional, finishing the season with a 21-9 overall season record.
The Eagles placed Shayne Harman and Jacob Rabel on the podium for sixth place. Harman, 135, byed out in the first round and was decisioned by Weir’s Gabe Clymer, 4-2 in the next round. Harman was defeated by a fall by Cameron’s Devin Starcher. Harman placed sixth overall in the regional finals.
Freshman Jacob Rabel, 189, was defeated by a fall in his first match by Madonna’s Christian Roe. In the next bout, Rabel took a 6-2 decision over Bishop Donahue’s Austin Martin, and then was pinned by Oak Glen’s Zack Staley and placed sixth overall in the tournament. Rabel finished the regular season with an overall win/loss record of 7-12.
Wrestling in the 130 weight class, Magnolia’s Kyle Lancaster had a bye in the first round and went up against Oak Glen’s Kole Koper in the next round, losing by a fall. Lancaster’s tournament hopes were dashed in the next bout, taking a fall to Clay County’s Trenton Dille.
The West Virginia High School State Wrestling Tournament will begin on Thursday in Huntington, with wrestling action to continue into Saturday night with championship bouts.