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From My View For January 22

By Staff | Jan 22, 2020

Here it is mid January and we still haven’t any snow. I’m not complaining because it will shorten the winter season when it does come. Another thing it has done is to be able to have the Boggs Roundball Classic and the OVAC Wrestling Tournament go on without any snow to hurt its tournaments.

In years prior, both the Roundball Classic and the OVAC wrestling Tournaments had to change the line-up because teams couldn’t get there to participate.

The Boggs Round-ball Classic is one of the best run basketball tournaments, besides the New Martinsville Rotary Tournament (that by the way starts this weekend). The Tournament is sponsored by Boggs Pizza in Middlebourne in behalf of the owners son Matt Boggs that passed away. I knew Matt and his father very well, the Boggs familyis one of the nicest families you would want to know. Matt was one of the best athletes in everything he participated in, including Basketball and Baseball.

The annual Ron Mauck OVAC wrestling tournament is in its 67th year and draws outstanding wrestlers from all over the OVAC who compete against everyone from Class-1/2A to Class-5A. Of course they will be awarded champions in each class as well as overall and that’s is great.

This year Hundred returned to wrestling action. They have had several Class-A state champions, but I don’t believe they have ever wrestled in the OVAC Tournament. I was a few minutes late on opening day to watch all the 100’s of wrestlers plow into the WesBanco Arena, and missed Magnolia, Hundred, Paden City and River wrestlers march into the arena with their school banner, but saw a few before all the announcing begun.

To me, I thought the first day of wrestling wasn’t attended as much in the past, but was still amazing. It is hard to get all the many wrestlers competing for just 1-guy, but I still try to get as many as I can. The Blue Eagle wrestling team has done very well in the past several seasons, and this years team is pretty good too, and should do well again.

This season, Paden City is doing pretty well and looks like they are heading in the right direction with their coaches. Hundred only had 2-guys wrestling in this years tournament, but I like the way they are heading and looks like they are doing all the things right into building a good program that the school should be proud of.

I hope both the Boggs Roundball Classic and the OVAC wrestling tournaments go as planned as I will be leaving for a few days to again see my granddaughters, including my youngest granddaughter turning 7-years old. My wife hasn’t seen, but her first birthday as she has always been working. But, now she is laid-off with the closing of the OVMC Hospital, and can now she her a lot more times.

Until next week, please keep on reading our paper, we all work hard in getting the word out in our

neighborhood.