PARKERSBURG - Four-year letterman and two-time state placer Codie Barrows of Parkersburg High School will continue his wrestling career at Wheeling Jesuit University for head coach Sean Doyle.
Barrows, who finished fifth this season in Class AAA at 170 and took fourth as a junior at 145, will join former Big Red teammate Skyler Terrell on the Cardinals' roster.
"I think coach Doyle knows the work ethic these guys are going to come up there with," said PHS head coach Chris Way. "I think we've prepared him pretty good to go up there and do well.
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Parkersburg’s Codie Barrows, top, attempts to control Parkersburg South’s Matt Dixon. Barrows will continue his wrestling career at Wheeling Jesuit University.
"He's been conditioning and staying on the mat in the spring to sharpen his skills. He knows it's not going to be easy. He's stepping up a level. It's college wrestling and it's tough."
Barrows understands full well things aren't going to be easy at the Division II ranks. He also will be challenged in the classroom since he plans on "going into physical therapy and my minor is athletic training."
The now ex-Big Red, who won 138 matches in his career, said one of the reasons he opted for Wheeling Jesuit was because they have a 90 percent success rate in getting jobs for graduates in his chosen major.
Although he had offers from both Briar Cliff University and Graceland University, Barrows said "they are just too far away and I wanted to stay at least a little bit close to home."
Expected to compete at 174 or perhaps 165, Barrows added that "my goal is to become varsity my freshman year. I do have some big competition.
"I'm getting better (as a wrestler) and I've got a lot to learn. High school and the college level are very different. I'm sure coach Doyle will teach me a lot."
A solid student in the classroom with a near 3.2 cumulative GPA, Barrows admitted "that's one thing I'm actually nervous about. They are (one of the top schools) in the country for athletic training and physical therapy and that's going to be a little bit hard."
Not only is Barrows happy to have the familiar face of Terrell on the team, but "I've already talked to my roommate Blake Bishop of Hedgesville, at least.
"I'm going to be able to get along with him. We feel like we will be the most prepared freshmen up there."