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Magnolia Sends Four Wrestlers to State

By Staff | Feb 24, 2016

Photos by Loren Romick The Magnolia wrestling team is shown.

Magnolia’s Caleb Nice (38-0) secured his spot in the West Virginia Class A/AA Wrestling Tournament this weekend by topping the top wrestlers in Region I in his 220 lb. weight class at Fairmont High School, while helping his team finish second in Class A and sixth overall.

Also earning a spot in the state tournament was Riley Nice, Skylar Yoho and Clay Adams. It’s Yoho’s first appearance at state, while Riley Nice and Clay Adams both earn berths along with Caleb Nice last season.

Paden McConaughey closed out an awesome season and just missed placing. He finished in fifth place as only the top four moved on the the state in each weight classification.

He ended his high school career with a 96-38 record, and lost in overtime to the eventual winner in the regional, and a 3-2 in the fourth place match. He finished the season, 33-6.

After day one at the regional tournament, Magnolia wrestling team still had 11 guys alive with four in the semis.

Michael Furbee and Caleb Nice were named Outstanding Wrestlers in this year’s Magnolia Invitational Tournament.

Magnolia Blue Eagle Wrestlers Win Own Tournament

Caleb Nice and Michael Furbee Named Outstanding Wrestlers

Magnolia’s Caleb Nice pinned all three of his 220 lb. opponents in the first round to win his weight class and help lead the Blue Eagles to a first place finish in this year’s Magnolia Invitational Tournament with 154.50 points inside the MHS HammerDome Feb. 13.

Linsly finished a distant second in the 10-team field with 120.50 points, while Bridgeport finished third and St. Clairsville fourth. The River Pilots ended up in seventh place and had three wrestlers place.

Marshall Higgins of Magnolia placed third in the 106-weight division to open the tournament, while Kyler Cecil placed second in the 113 lb. weight division to Buffalo’s Blake Sheppherd. Blue Eagle wrestler Gage Adams placed third in the 120 weight division, while teammate Riley Nice fell in the championship match to

Caleb Rea of Weir. In the 126 lb. weight division, Jack Booth finished in third, beating Blaze Cain of Weir by a pin-fall, while teammate Skyar Yoho pinned Thomas Mosman of Lincoln for third place in the 132-pound weight division.

The Pilots’ Aiden Taylor had his Bridgeport Bulldog opponent on his head in the championship before losing the title match in the 138-pound weight class, while the Eagles’ Clay Adams worked his way back to place third by a 11-0 decision.

Magnolia’s Robert Campbell lost a heart-breaker to Doddridge’s Skylar Hickman in the 145-poubd weight division by the score of 6-5, while the Pilots’ Zack Talbott won third place in the 152-pound weight class by a score of 10-5. Joseph Layman got the crowd riled up as he defeated Beallsville’s Levi Phillips 9-7 to place third in the 160-pound weight division, while teammate Paden McConaughey was runner-up to Dylan Lucas of Buffalo by the score of 5-0.

No local winners placed at 182 pounds, but the Blue Eagles’ Dalton Pritchard finished fourth in the 195-pound weight class. The Eagles’ Caleb Nice won the 220-pound weight class, while the Pilots’ Tyce Felton took care of Bridgeport Bulldog’s Levi Bryant by a fall, finished third in the same weight class.

No area wrestlers placed in the 285-pound weight division. However, Michael Furbee tied the St. Clairsville High School all-time win record during the tournament. Meanwhile, Monroe Central Seminole Tanner Potts earned his 100th victory in the semi-final round in the 220-pound weight division over Felton of River.