PARKERSBURG - Wrestling regionals across the Mountain State will conclude this evening as teams and individuals try to position themselves for next week's state tournament in Huntington.
Locally, the only area one-day mat tournaments for fans to choose from today are Class AAA, Region III, at Ripley, which gets under way at 11 a.m. and the Class AA/A, Region IV, tournament at Roane County, set to begin at 10:30 a.m.
Four-time defending Class AAA state champion Parkersburg South and rival Parkersburg both will be in attendance at the Region I tournament. The one-day event is expected to begin at 10:30 a.m. today at Brooke High School.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Ritchie County’s Matt Harkness and St. Marys’ Anthony Herring, pictured here during their 195-pound Little Kanawha Conference championship match earlier this month, are both competing in the Class AA/A, Region I, tournament at the Woody Williams Armory in Fairmont.
Ritchie County, St. Marys, Tyler Consolidated and Magnolia started competing in the Class AA/A, Region I, tournament on Friday afternoon at the Woody Williams Armory in Fairmont. The championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals begin at 10 a.m. today.
Ripley head coach Matt Smith's Vikings will attempt to continue their dominance of Region III. Since moving into the regional in 2007, the Jackson County program has captured it six straight times. Trying to help Ripley make it seven in a row will be Viking top seeds Lucas Simpkins (126), Austin Hileman (132), Jake Martin (138), Preston Martin (152), Greg Medina (195) and last year's state heavyweight runner-up Daryl Hicks.
Parkersburg South senior Tyler Richards, the fourth seed at 138, is seeking his fourth career regional title. Top-seeded Patriot Lance Hill at 113 is going after a third regional crown while teammate Thomas Hall, the No. 1 seeded heavyweight, is vying for his second.
Pairings for today's Class AA/A
Region IV tournament at Roane
TOP 106: Jack Cummings (Clay) vs. bye/bye vs. bye; Cody Marks (Wirt) vs. bye/Tanner Moore (SV) vs. bye
BOTTOM 106: Riley White (Roane) vs. bye/bye vs. bye; Dalton Smith (Wtown) vs. bye/bye vs. bye
TOP 113: Justin Triplett (Clay) vs. bye/R.J. Henry (Wirt) vs. bye; Chris Goad (Calhoun) vs. bye/Brye Mullinex (Wtown) vs. bye
BOTTOM 113: Camren Duncan (HH) vs. bye/Pat Boggs (Rwood) vs. bye; Cole Moore (Roane) vs. bye/Jacob Anderson (Poca) vs. bye
TOP 120: Jon Cain (Wirt) vs. bye/Devan McKown (Calhoun) vs. Jacob Bennett (Wahama); Zach Ahart (Clay) vs. bye/Bret MacIver (Wtown) vs. bye
BOTTOM 120: Justin Duncan (HH) vs. bye/John Garnes (SV) vs. Jameson Cooper (Rwood); Cam Moore (Roane) vs. bye/Camery Ford (Poca) vs. bye
TOP 126: Dalton George (Wtown) vs. bye/Kaleb Horn (Rwood) vs. Austin Moss (SV); Dillon Clarkson (Roane) vs. bye/Colin Stover (HH) vs. bye
BOTTOM 126: Casey Ritchie (Calhoun) vs. bye/Alex Arthur (Buffalo) vs. Tyler Williams (Clay); Tyler Cheuvront (Wirt) vs. bye/Randall Robie (Wahama) vs. bye
TOP 132: Alex Suite (Clay) vs. bye/Tim Groves (Roane) vs. Austin Raines (Wtown); Cole Weese (HH) vs. bye/Danny Harper (SV) vs. bye
BOTTOM 132: Hagan Root (Wirt) vs. bye/Caleb Joyce (Buffalo) vs. bye; Levi Gordon (Calhoun) vs. bye/Jonah Samples (Poca) vs. bye
TOP 138: Jake Linville (Wirt) vs. bye/Cody Sheppard (Buffalo) vs. Zach Callen (HH); Travis Davis (Poca) vs. bye/Jacob Fisher (SV) vs. bye
BOTTOM 138: Cole Ritchie (Calhoun) vs. bye/Logan Lindsey (Wtown) vs. Chris Cherry (Roane); Mitchell Schoolcraft (Clay) vs. bye/Matt Wood (Rwood) vs. bye
TOP 145: Jake Tracewell (Wtown) vs. bye/Damien Caldwell (Rwood) vs. bye; Nick Lane (SV) vs. bye/Austin Dobbins (Clay) vs. bye
BOTTOM 145: Johnny Taylor (Calhoun) vs. bye/Sam Nichols (Roane) vs. bye; Cody Ferguson (Wirt) vs. bye/Kyle McClanahan (Poca) vs. bye
TOP 152: Austin Cottrell (Wirt) vs. bye/Joel Swisher (Wtown) vs. bye; Luke Scott (Roane) vs. bye/David Overbay (Calhoun) vs. bye
152: Ricky Ahart (Clay) vs. bye/Jordan Saunders (Rwood) vs. bye; Timmy Gibbs (Wahama) vs. bye/Luke Whittington (Poca) vs. bye
160: Kane Roush (Wahama) vs. bye/Nathan Cunningham (Rwood) vs. bye; Austin Satterfield (Calhoun) vs. bye/Logan Crain (SV) vs. bye
BOTTOM 160: Tyler Stewart (Clay) vs. bye/Matt Toney (Wirt) vs. bye; Blake Whittington (HH) vs. bye/Joe Copley (Roane) vs. bye
TOP 170: David Hastings (Wtown) vs. bye/William Zajac (Calhoun) vs. Tyler Hammack (Roane); Damien Rhodes (Wirt) vs. bye/Patrick Berry (Rwood) vs. bye
BOTTOM 170: Brandon White (Clay) vs. bye/Dominec Walker (SV) vs. bye; Crandale Neal (Wahama) vs. bye/Alex Rayburn (Buffalo) vs. bye
TOP 182: Walker Siers (Wirt) vs. bye/Dakota Miles (Buffalo) vs. bye; Brady Dye (HH) vs. bye/Mikeal Free (Roane) vs. bye
BOTTOM 182: Rick Wiseman (Clay) vs. bye/Cody Smith (Wtown) vs. bye; Colton Neal (Wahama) vs. bye/Logan Burford (SV) vs. bye
TOP 195: Kyle Frazier (Buffalo) vs. bye/bye vs. bye; Caleb Ferguson (Wirt) vs. bye/Chris Durham (SV) vs. bye
BOTTOM 195: Demetrius Serevicz (Wahama) vs. bye/Chris Lacy (Calhoun) vs. bye; Scott Gibson (Roane) vs. bye/Jacob Hopkins (Clay) vs. bye
TOP 220: Zane Weese (HH) vs. bye/Austin Metheney (Calhoun) vs. bye; Clay Whitney (SV) vs. bye/Wyatt Dawson (Clay) vs. bye
BOTTOM 220: Dylan Pickrell (Wirt) vs. bye/Caije Nichols (Roane) vs. bye; Ryan White (Buffalo) vs. bye/Jake Hickman (Poca) vs. bye
TOP 285: Richard Woods (HH) vs. bye/Mike Parsons (SV) vs. Cody Springston (Roane); Skylar Snyder (Wirt) vs. bye/Jacob Moore (Buffalo) vs. bye
BOTTOM 285: Andrew Satterfield (Calhoun) vs. bye/Willy Parsons (Rwood) vs. bye; Alex Rauch (Wtown) vs. bye/Robert Dennis (Clay) vs. bye
Class AAA, Region III,
top four seeds today
at Ripley, 11 a.m. start
Participating teams: Ripley, Capital, George Washington, Greenbrier East, Oak Hill, Princeton, Riverside, Shady Spring, South Charleston, Woodrow Wilson
106: Logan Robertston (SS, 33-6, fr.); Jasiel Kinder (GE, 32-6, fr.); Sam Moore (GW, 26-10, fr.); Cody Gillespie (OH, 35-7)
113: Leland Swafford (WW, 21-11, fr.); Levi Smith (GW, 18-17, fr.); Zach McCarthy (OH, 36-7); Jared Morgan (GE, 17-9, fr.)
120: Johnny Forren (SS, 36-2, sr.); David Pancake (GW, 28-12, soph.); Josh Lilley (WW, 15-6, jr.); David Cox (OH, 20-13)
126: Lucas Simpkins (Rip, 23-4, fr.); Jensen Lorea (GW, 34-6, jr.); Tyler Kosut (SS, 26-7, sr.); Jakob Cooper (WW, 19-6, jr.)
132: Austin Hileman (Rip, 19-5, jr.); Marc Williams (OH, 34-2); John Duncan (SS, 36-10, jr.); Vince Hunt (Riv, 25-12, jr.)
138: Jake Martin (Rip, 25-5, soph.); Nick Farley (SS, 24-7, sr.); Isaac Holstein (GW, 19-9, soph.); Tyler Gilger (WW, 18-9, jr.)
145: Chris Shumaker (OH, 33-5); Brandon Stump (SS, 37-10, sr.); Desean Reed (C, 32-12, soph.); Levi Bryant (Rip, 8-16, soph.)
152: Preston Martin (Rip, 26-6, jr.); Cole Williams (WW, 15-2, sr.); Henry Matos (SS, 31-10, sr.); Jared Bowen (C, 31-7, jr.)
160: Jake Smith (GW, 35-0, sr.); Josiah Solak (GE, 33-6, soph.); Logan Priddy (C, 34-12, fr.); Julius Lash (P, 14-4, sr.)
170: Davis Solak (GE, 33-2, sr.); Nate Starkey (Rip, 23-4, sr.); Hunter Jones (GW, 28-11, fr.); Chris Worley (WW, 25-12, fr.)
182: Pat Vance (C, 44-2, jr.); Charles Withrow (GE, 24-4, jr.); Seth Keith (OH, 25-11); Martin Kuhl (Rip, 10-14, sr.)
195: Greg Medina (Rip, 23-7, sr.); Chase Hanshaw (Riv, 25-11, jr.); Joe Sampson (GE, 25-13, jr.); Matt Gavin (WW, 8-8, sr.)
220: Chase Lusk (SS, 9-11, fr.); Kyle Ayers (WW, 13-13, fr.); Levi Nelson (GE, 20-8, jr.); Frederick Roush (Rip, 3-2, soph.)
285: Daryl Hicks (Rip, 27-2, sr.); Jack Skidmore (GW, 30-8, jr.); Chris Delaney (GE, 12-5, fr.); Tyler Burke (C, 26-12, fr.)
Jared Haught of PHS also has a shot to conclude his career as a four-time regional champion as the the No. 1 seed at 182 goes for his second triple-A, Region I title.
He won titles in Region IV of Class AA/A at Calhoun County. Big Red teammates Skyler Terrell and Trapper Hays are vying for their second regional top of the podium finish. Terrell is the No. 2 seed at 138 and Hays is the fourth seed at 132.