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Ex-Big Reds to be honored at PHS mat event tonight

January 3, 2008
PARKERSBURG — The most prolific wrestling program in Mountain State history will honor some of its own tonight at Memorial Fieldhouse during Parkersburg’s triangular with regional foes Brooke and John Marshall.

Action begins at 6 p.m. and between matches members of the back-to-back 1970 and 1971 state championship wrestling teams will be honored.

Area pastor Tom McQuain, who was a member of both state title squads, came up with the idea and proposed it to Big Red head coach Scheny Schenerlein.

“He told me he’d like to honor these teams and asked if it was possible and I thought it was a pretty good idea,” said Schenerlein, who tells his wrestling team that wherever they are at there’s a good chance former Big Red grapplers are watching them.

In all, a dozen members of the two teams are expected to be on hand. Along with McQuain, Big Red state champions Chuck Dailey (1970, 165 pounds) and Marvin Pickens (1971, 155 pounds) are supposed to be there as well as Tim King, Mike Litton, Gary Cline, Pete Headlee, Doug McDonald, Charley Richards, Russ Smith, Dave Carr and Rick (Harper) Rubin.

McQuain said one of the reasons he wanted to do something was because two of his former teammates — Bill Craig and Jeff Pollitt — had passed away.

“I got to thinking that after we lost the two we needed to do something before we lost more,” McQuain said.

The 1970 PHS mat team marked the first Big Red squad to win the state title, which at that time encompassed only one class, after Parkersburg South came into existence.

McQuain said he tries to get to as many PHS wrestling events as he can. He’s also excited about rejoining with his old teammates this evening.

“We weren’t supposed to win either year. We weren’t even picked to win the region that year (1971),” McQuain said.

Coach Schenerlein has stressed to his team the importance of the triangular, considering this is the only time PHS will face either the Bruins or the Monarchs.

“John Marshall and Brooke are two quality programs that are in our regional and it’s important as far as seeding goes,” said the coach.

The PHS mat boss added, “I was pretty pleased (with the results from the Powerade). We wrestled a lot better than we had the previous matches. (Chad) Morrison, (Jordon) Nolan and (Matt) Littleton were a match away from placing and (Josh) Shiflet looked a lot better.”

Matt Lindamood defeated the No. 5 ranked wrestler in the nation to secure a Powerade championship at 215 pounds. Andy Thomas settled for runner-up honors at 189 while Brandon Wilson (140) was third, Kyle Bratke (103) seventh and heavyweight Zach Nolan was eighth.

“With 20 seconds to go in the match it was 1-1 and he got into a scramble and gave up two back points” Schenerlein said of Thomas’ 5-1 loss. “They scouted him pretty well.”

Schenerlein said 152-pounder Kyle McPeek’s status once again will be a match time decision. Although McPeek didn’t practice on Monday, the coach said his heavyweight should be good to go.

“We’re hoping that he goes, but he’s been sick,” Schenerlein said of McPeek, who has yet to wrestle this season. “He went up there (Powerade) last week and made weight but was just too sick so I just sat him out and scratched him.

“Zach got banged up a little bit and he’s going to go (tonight). We didn’t want to take any chances last weekend so we just defaulted him after he placed.”

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