PARKERSBURG - Prep wrestling teams and basketball squads are back to the grind of winter sports, which means Mid-Ohio Valley fans have some area options for this weekend.
However, if anyone wants to take in wrestling on a large scale it will require travel.
Williamstown has a trio of No. 1 seeds for the start of today's St. Clairsville Best Value Inn tournament thanks to Dalton Smith at 126, Dalton George at 132 and 195-pounder David Hastings.
Both Parkersburg and Parkersburg South will be competing at the two-day Wheeling Park Duals. Big Red 160-pounder Codie Barrows secured his 100th career win this past weekend and 152-pound teammate Trapper Hays was named MOW at the Smoky Mountain Duals. PHS will be without a 220-pounder as has been the case this season while the Patriots of second-year head coach Donna Dixon are expected to fill all 14 weight classes.
The Mary "O" Crusaderette Classic at Parkersburg Catholic will conclude today with the 6 p.m. consolation game featuring Buffalo and Wirt County. The host Crusaderettes will take on Herbert Hoover in the championship.
Roundball fans also have a couple of other quality options today in girls basketball. Beginning at noon, junior varsity action gets underway when Brooke comes to the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to take on defending Class AAA state champion Parkersburg South. The Bruins are led by 6-1 junior Angela Staffileno. Anyone who takes in the Patriot girls of head coach Scott Stephens should have ample time to either go watch Parkersburg Catholic or travel to Jackson County and take in the Ripley at Ravenswood rivalry.
A pair of other holiday tournaments will take place today and Saturday in the Mid-Ohio Valley with start times expected for 6 p.m. each day.
Wirt County's tournament features a trio of Little Kanawha Conference programs and the host Tigers will play the late game against Roane County. That contest will count toward the LKC South Division standings. The earlier semifinal pits Williamstown against Huntington St. Joe.
In Ellenboro, host Ritchie County will take on Doddridge County in the late semifinal. The Rebels and Bulldogs also will use this affair as an LKC North Division game. The early semifinal pairs Lincoln County and Buckhannon-Upshur.