HUNTINGTON - For the second consecutive year, the Parkersburg Big Reds finished as the Class AAA state runner-up behind host Huntington, which easily defended its crown with a 188-151 victory following Saturday's final session of the 67th annual West Virginia state wrestling tournament.
The Big Reds had four finalists, but only 152-pound junior Trapper Hays - the Class AAA Most Outstanding Wrestler - won a crown. Hays finished his 49-0 season with a pin of two-time state champion Jake Martin of Ripley in 4:59.
Martin actually led 2-0, but Hays countered with a reversal at the end of the first period and took control in the second with three near-fall points and a penalty point. Hays' reversal in the third, which made it 8-2, led to the mat-slapper.
Photos by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg High School 152-pounder Trapper Hays completed an undefeated season on Saturday night, winning his first state championship by pinning Jake Martin of Ripley in five minutes. Hays was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler in Class AAA.
Freshman Justin Allman of Parkersburg South goes for the pin in his 182-pound state championship match against Zane Bradbury of Washington High School. The Patriot 9th-grader needed 4:43 to record the fall and claim South’s only individual title.
"This is the ultimate feeling," said Hays, who twice has been a state runner-up including at 120 as a freshman when he lost to Martin.
"The worst feeling in the world is when I lost those state titles my freshman and sophomore year and that was motivation to win this. I succeeded, came out here and got the job done."
Dalton George of Williamstown became a three-time state champion when the Class AA/A Most Outstanding Wrestler managed to win an overtime rideout against Greenbrier West 132-pounder Dustin Yoakum, 5-4. Yellowjacket teammate David Hastings never trailed in his 195-pound state-title win against Jeremy Pratt of St. Marys. Hastings won the match 7-2 and Pratt had to stop for blood time on several instances.
Huntington 188, Parkersburg 151, Parkersburg South 132, George Washignton 110, Wheeling Park 110, Point Pleasant 107, Buckhannon-Upshur 94.5, Washington 67, Ripley 65, Cabell Midland 64, University 61.5, Lewis County 60, Musselman 52, John Marshall 41, St. Albans, Winfield and Woodrow Wilson 32, Greenbrier East 30, Preston 29, Shady Spring 23, Brooke 22, Spring Valley and Oak Hill 21, Nitro 19, Morgantown 16, Capital 15, Riverside 9, Hedgesville 7, Hampshire 4, Hurricane, Martinsburg and South Charleston 3, Spring Mills 2.5
106 Logan Grass, Huntington M-Dec Jared Donahue, Parkersburg, 9-1
113 Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Austin Spears, Parkersburg, 4-2
120 Jordan Allen, Huntington Dec Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, 6-1
126 Lucas Simpkins, Ripley Dec Johnathan Spence, Huntington, 6-5 OT
132 Bryce Humphreys, Winfield Dec Chase Childers, Huntington, 14-9
138 Jenson Lorea, George Washington Dec Cody Hamlin, University, 4-3
145 Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park Dec Dylan Richards, Parkersburg, 6-4
152 Trapper Hays, Parkersburg Fall Jake Martin, Ripley, 5:00
160 Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Eric Banks, Wheeling Park, 2:27
170 Kyle Rogers, Lewis County Dec Hunter Jones, George Washington, 3-2
182 Justin Allman, Parkersburg South Fall Zane Bradbury, Washington, 4:43
195 Ryan Carson, Lewis County Fall Tannor Hill, Point Pleasant, 3:04
220 Terrance Fanning, Preston M-Dec Cullen Ebbert, John Marshall, 8-0
285 David Smith, George Washington Fall Nigale Cabell, Huntington, 1:38
Third Place Matches
106 Phillip Sharp, George Washington Dec Hunter Cline, Parkersburg South, 2-1
113 Logan Adkins, Cabell Midland Dec Sam Moore, George Washington, 3-2
120 Bradley DeRito, Musselman Dec Micah Crewdson, St Albans, 5-2
126 Tyler Sigler, Washington Dec Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, 4-2
132 John Raike, Point Pleasant Dec Isiaih Hood, University, 9-5
138 Dakota Linger, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Dylan Hall, John Marshall, 5-0
145 Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Zach Gwinn, Spring Valley, 3-1
152 Ryan Lopez, University Dec Jonny Davis, Wheeling Park, 5-3
160 Preston Martin, Ripley Dec Josiah Solak, Greenbrier East, 7-2
170 Carter Capehart, Huntington Fall Mark Becraft, Washington, 4:09
182 Jon Peterson, Point Pleasant Dec Stefan Gibbs, Huntington, 3-2
195 Max Chefren, Parkersburg Dec Tyler Newhart-Koreski, Parkersburg South, 4-0
220 Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park Dec Jacob Duncan, Point Pleasant, 3-2
285 Thomas Hall, Parkersburg South Dec James Walton, Capital, 4-3
Fifth Place Matches
106 Kinneson Leslie, Point Pleasant Dec Levi McCormick, Cabell Midland, 5-2
113 Alex Haddox, Huntington Dec Jasiel Kinder, Greenbrier East, 4-0
120 Leland Swafford, Woodrow Wilson M-Dec Joey Butcher, Parkersburg, 11-0
126 Austin Harris, Parkersburg South M-Dec Raymond Davila, Parkersburg, 13-3
132 Nick Johnson, Parkersburg Dec Josh Gilger, Woodrow Wilson, 9-4
138 Trey Harman, St Albans Dec Bobby Mitchell, Cabell Midland, 2-0
145 Paden Christian, Huntington Dflt Jarod Jones, Washington
152 Dylan Alexander, Parkersburg South Fall Dakota Miller, Oak Hill, 4:26
160 Danny Arndt, Musselman Dec Marc Williams, Oak Hill, 10-3
170 Codie Barrows, Parkersburg Dec Tim Blake, Cabell Midland, 9-3
182 Logan Wotring, Morgantown Dec Ryan Walters, Nitro, 1-0
195 Ryan Mills, Huntington M-Dec RJ Wilson, Washington, 12-1
220 Logan Dilliner, Parkersburg South Fall Hunter Skeens, Nitro, 1:33
285 Preston Wise, Brooke Fall Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon-Upshur, 1:39
Independence 181, Oak Glen 118.5, Greenbrier West 118, Clay County 98.5, Calhoun County and Fairmont Senior 95.5, North Marion 84, Roane County 81,. Williamstown 72.5, Keyser 70, East Fairmont 64, Waham 61, Herbert Hoover 49.5, St. Marys 48.5, Nicholas County and Grafton 48, Braxton County 28, Wirt County and Cameron 26, Ritchie County and Magnolia 25, Bridgeport and Berkeley Springs 22, Petersburg and Philip Barbour 18, Moorefield 16, Doddridge County and Fayetteville 15, Bluefield 14, Frankfort 13, Lincoln 12.5, Sissonville 12, Clay-Battelle and Buffalo 9, Wyoming East 8, Liberty Harrison 7, Robert C. Byrd 6, Ravenswood 5, Webster County, Midland Trail, Richwood and Liberty Raleigh 3
106 Jack Cummings, Clay County Fall Alen Metheney, Calhoun County, :55
113 Cam Moore, Roane County Dec Logan Robertson, Greenbrier West, 2-1
120 Ryan Elliott, North Marion High School M-Dec Jacob Monn, Ritchie County, 10-1
126 Jacob Hart, Independence Dec Cody Goff, Grafton, 2-1
132 Dalton George, Williamstown Dec Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West, 5-4
138 Dalton Michael, East Fairmont High School M-Dec Austin Stanley, North Marion High School, 11-0
145 Anthony Alvaro, Fairmont Senior High School M-Dec Cody Clifton, Independence, 11-2
152 Noah Adams, Independence Dflt Hayden Stewart, East Fairmont High School
160 Malik Boatwright, Greenbrier West Dec Dustin Justice, Independence, 4-2
170 Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West Dec Alex Daniels, Independence, 8-7
182 Tyler Stewart, Clay County Dec Jake Tyler, Nicholas County, 7-6
195 David Hastings, Williamstown Dec Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys, 7-2
220 Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior High School Dec Zane Weese, Herbert Hoover, 2-1
285 Brent Barber, Fairmont Senior High School Dec Caije Nichols, Roane County, 3-2 OTClass AA-A
Third Place Matches
106 Jacob Spencer, Roane County Dec Hunter Riffle, Doddridge County, 7-4
113 Danny Wyke, Oak Glen Fall Teddy Stover, Independence, 4:37
120 Houstin McCune, Calhoun County M-Dec Corey Secrist, Petersburg, 13-4
126 Josh Cornell, Oak Glen Dec Bailey Bowles, Fayetteville, 3-2
132 Randale Robie, Wahama Fall Brody Nesslerotte, East Fairmont High School, 2:58
138 Nick Tice, Oak Glen Dec Brent Wyne, Fairmont Senior High School, 3-1
145 Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County Dec Garrett Crites, Keyser, 7-0
152 Tyler Moore, Grafton Dec Alex Shuman, Oak Glen, 3-0
160 Jacob Mellott, Keyser Dec James Bell, Philip Barbour, 5-1
170 Kane Roush, Wahama Dec Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, 9-6
182 Will Schoonover, Moorefield Dec Caleb Nice, Magnolia, 3-2
195 Brandon White, Clay County Dec Trey Williams, Independence, 2-0
220 Wyatt Dawson, Clay County Fall Dylan Pickrell, Wirt County, 2:41
285 Noah Markley, Bridgeport Fall Noah Mills, Oak Glen, 2:49
Fifth Place Matches
106 Chase Stover, Herbert Hoover Dec Ryan Debee, Oak Glen, 2-0
113 Dalton Wilt, Keyser Fall Ryan Keckley, Sissonvile, 4:04
120 Will Cox, Independence Fall Caleb Currence, Greenbrier West, 3:43
126 Jacob Bennett, Wahama Fall Chris Goad, Calhoun County, 1:22
132 Avery Flowers, Oak Glen Dec Kyle Elliott, North Marion High School, 2-0
138 Colton Ward, Independence Dec Cody Ferguson, Wirt County, 3-1 OT
145 CJ Capps, Berkeley Springs Dec Austin Raines, Williamstown, 2-0
152 Jake Tracewell, Williamstown Dec Jordan Tincher, Greenbrier West, 3-0
160 Levi Jarvis, Braxton County Fall Luke Scott, Roane County, 3:36
170 Cole Boatright, Calhoun County Dec Bryson Dennison, Braxton County, 6-5
182 Thomas Williams, Independence Dec Waylon Miller, Cameron, 7-1
195 Mark Sutton, Bluefield M-Dec Ethan Lucas, Grafton, 11-3
220 Drew Hicks, Nicholas County Fall Cody Loudermilk, Greenbrier West, 2:24
285 Tyler Davis, St. Marys Fall Ryan Moore, Liberty Harrison, 2:03
Parkersburg South freshman Justin Allman pulled off a finals shocker when he stuck Washington's Zane Bradbury in 4:43. Bradbury got the first takedown of the match and appeared to be in control after registering five near-fall points for a 7-1 cushion after the opening period.
"It means a lot because I'm only a freshman and I've got three years to go," said Allman, who fought back and trailed 8-4 entering the third.
"I was in a little bit better shape and that helped out a lot. Once I had him down (in the third) he was out of breath."
Ripley sophomore Lucas Simpkins had an interesting championship win, beating Huntington's Johnathan Spence 6-5 in overtime at 126.
"I tried to take him down (in overtime) and I was on my way when he grabbed my singlet," Simpkins said of the winning penalty point in the one-minute sudden death.
"It was just a great feeling when I won. It's one of the best feelings in the world. Losing last year (in the 126 finals) motivated me to work harder than I really ever have."
Big Red Jared Donahue lost a 9-1 major decision to Huntington's Logan Grass and PHS' Austin Spears was doubled up 4-2 by Buckhannon-Upshur's Brandon Tenney in the 113 finals.
Dylan Richards of Parkersburg got behind 5-0 and fought back in the 145-pound finals, but came up short to Wheeling Park's Dylan Taylor, 6-4.
Huntington head coach Rob Archer was selected for the Rod Oldham Coaching Award. Parkersburg South finished third in the team standings with 132 points, ahead of Wheeling Park (110) and Point Pleasant (107).
Also in Class AA/A, Independence rolled to the team crown with 181 points. Oak Glen nipped Greenbrier West for runner-up honors, 118.5-118.
Clay County senior Jack Cummings ended his prep career with a bang as the Panther senior capped his 43-3 campaign with a 55-second pin of Calhoun County's Allen Metheney in the 106-pound finals.
"I got the single leg, locked it into a cradle and held it as long as I could," said Cummings, who lost to the freshman Metheney (47-5) via pin in the Region IV finals.
"All that hard work, the blood and sweat paid off. It feels great. It was my last chance to do great things for Clay County and I want to thank coach (Geoff) Hamrick for getting me this far."
Fellow Panther senior teammate Tyler Stewart led 3-0 midway through his match against Nicholas County's Jake Tyler, who used reversals at the end of the second and start of the third period to take a 4-3 cushion.
However, Stewart finished his year at 10-0 with the 182-pound title, thanks to a 7-6 triumph.
Williamstown and Clay County were the only Little Kanawha Conference members to claim two state championships.
Roane County junior heavyweight Caije Nichols was in the final match of the night, but let Fairmont Senior's Brent Barber out of his grasp with seven seconds remaining in the final overtime rideout period.
However, Raider sophomore Cam Moore finished a stellar 43-3 season with a 2-1 win against Logan Robertson of Greenbrier West. Moore's takedown with 11 seconds remaining in the first period proved decisive.
Ritchie County's Jacob Monn was looking for his second career title, but Ryan Elliott of North Marion repeated as the 120-pound state champion following his 10-1 win.
Independence's Cliff Warden was honored with the Class AA/A Dix Manning Coaching Award.
PHS also had a third-place effort from 195-pounder Max Chefren. Codie Barrows (170) and Nick Johnson (132) finished fifth while Joey Butcher (120) and Raymond Davila (126) took sixth.
Aside from Allman's finals appearance, the other Patriot placers included heavyweight Thomas Hall (third), fourth places from Tyler Newhart (195) and Hunter Cline (106) and a trio of fifth-place showings by Austin Harris at 126, Dylan Alexander at 152 and 220-pounder Logan Dilliner.
Ripley's Preston Martin fought back to finish third at 160. The two-time state runner-up is a four-time career state placer.
Small school placers included Calhoun County's Houstin McCune (3rd, 120), Cole Ritchie (3rd, 145), Cole Boatright (5th, 170) and Chris Goad (6th, 126); Williamstown's Jake Tracewell (5th, 152) and Austin Raines (6th, 145); Roane County's Jacob Spencer (3rd, 106) and Luke Scott (6th, 160); Clay County's Brandon White (3rd, 195) and Wyatt Dawson (3rd, 220); St. Marys' Tyler Davis (5th, 285); Magnolia's Caleb Nice (4th, 182); Wahama's Randale Robie (3rd, 132), Kane Roush (3rd, 170) and Jacob Bennett (5th, 126); Wirt County's Dylan Pickrell (4th, 220) and Cody Ferguson (6th, 138); Braxton County's Levi Jarvis (5th, 160) and Bryson Dennison (6th, 170) as well as Doddridge County's Hunter Riffle, who finished fourth at 106.