Even though summer is technically the offseason for our area prep athletes, I guess in this day and age there really isn't much time for a break.
That's especially true for those student-athletes who are single sport driven and opt not to participate in other sports.
One such person who fits that bill is Jared Haught, who I first met several years ago when he was wrestling at Calhoun County. Of course, Haught transferred to Parkersburg High School to compete for his last two seasons on the mat.
On Saturday, Haught finished up his final summer wrestling tournament as he took his status as a three-time West Virginia individual state champion to North Dakota to compete in Fargo at the ASICS/Vaughan Junior Freestyle National Championships.
The 195-pounder, who signed with Virginia Tech, had a pretty good week considering he took fifth overall and earned All-American honors.
"I didn't go, but I watched it on the Internet," said PHS head mat coach Chris Way. "He had a realistic shot of winning. Getting fifth was a little disappointing, but it's always great when you're an All-American, especially at the toughest tournament in the country.
"He's been down at Virginia Tech almost all summer working out with them. He wrestled pretty well and we're proud of him."
Haught's former Big Red teammate - Trapper Hayes - also competed at Fargo in the 138-pound weight class for freestyle, but finished 4-2.
"He had kind of a bad deal because he won his first four matches," Way explained, noting the nationals use a black market system, which is more of a pairings system. "He wrestled a kid from Illinois who won it.
"He also ended up wrestling the next best kid in his weight class in his pool. He had to be in the top four of his pool to keep advancing. He probably would've lost to the third seed, but had a very good shot to beat the kid to get fourth, but the way it was paired up it didn't match up." For those of you who already have the itch for football season, this Sunday represents a chance to get out and watch what should be some great gridiron action.
Expected to have a 7:15 p.m. kickoff, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference's annual Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Classic is set to take place at Wheeling Island Stadium. The battle pits players from the Buckeye State against their counterparts from West Virginia.
The only player in the OVAC game from Ohio who is from our local area is Caldwell lineman Brian Magorien.
That can't be said about the locals from the Mountain State as our area of the Mid-Ohio Valley features a contingent of eight strong.
A quartet of those competing are Patriots from Parkersburg South - Tyler Bolen (QB), Logan Cox (DB), Jake Fieler (OL) and wideout Braxton Johnson. Also on the list are Magnolia's Stephen Rogalski (WR) and Tanner Hanna (QB/CB) as well as Tyler Consolidated's Alex Doak (WR) and Hunter LeMasters (QB/DB).