This past weekend turned out nicely for a lot of area wrestlers following the conclusion of Saturday's state wrestling tournament.
Each year I've been in attendance things happen which tend to stay in my memory for a long time.
Personally, I'm still in a little bit of shock following the pin by Parkersburg South freshman Justin Allman against Washington senior Zane Bradbury. Allman looked anything but ready for what was then the biggest moment of his young life on the state's biggest stage after he found himself trailing 7-1 at the end of the first period. However, like any true champion he found a way to win and grabbed his first title with a third period pin.
Another match I will not forget and I hope gets uploaded to YouTube soon was Dalton George's final championship for Williamstown. The Yellowjacket senior finished his third career mat crown in style by defeating defending 132-pound champion Dustin Yoakum of Greenbrier West, 5-4, in triple-overtime.
One person who I'm sure had very mixed emotions about his first state title was Roane County 113-pounder Cam Moore. The Raider put on a pretty dominating performance against Greenbrier West's Logan Robertson as he doubled up the Cavalier, 2-1.
"I can't even describe it. It was awesome," said Moore, who is also a two-time Class AA all-state golfer for the current two-time defending state golf champion Raiders. "We were in the top two in the rankings all year on wvmat."
Robertson's only score came late in the second period on an escape and Moore had the option for the final period and decided to go neutral.
"I knew that he had a really good switch and was tough on top," Moore eluded as to why he didn't choose the down position.
As a freshman, Moore qualified for the state tournament at 120, but lost in the quarterfinals and didn't place after finishing 2-2.
"I went into overtime (last year) at the regional and lost to Jon Cain of Wirt County and the pill put me up top with Ryan Elliott (of North Marion)," Moore said of the now two-time 120-pound state champion Huskie.
"He beat me 4-0 and it was a pretty good match and then after I dropped down I lost to Zach Ahart of Clay County (third place)."
However, last year twin brother Cole Moore finished third at 113 in Class AA/A, but the duo didn't get the opportunity to experience anything similar this winter.
"I actually started off this season wrestling 120 with my twin brother wrestling 113," Cam said. "No wrestle-offs or anything. That's what we decided to do.
"Then he hurt his shoulder before our first tournament and he wasn't able to come back this year so coach (Wayne Jarvis) asked me why don't I drop to 113."
No matter where they wrestle in the future, I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing plenty more about the twins on the mat and on the links in the future.
Contact Jay Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org