South wrestlers dominate senior night triangular

PARKERSBURG – Leave it to a junior to take the top headline on senior night.

Such was the case here Thursday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as Parkersburg South 11th-grader Drake Mills stunned top-ranked Cabell Midland 170-pounder Nick Boone as the Patriots rolled to a triangular victory by smashing the Knights, 67-9, and blowing out George Washington, 60-10.

Mills, who entered the fray ranked third by state coaches, was involved in one of the marquee battles of the evening. The match went back and forth, and Mills led 5-3 after an escape 31 seconds into the final period.

However, Boone squared things at five just 14 seconds later via a takedown only to then allow a reversal to Mills, who won the match in style by pinning Boone with 24.1 seconds left in the match.

The other battle that pitted a No. 1 versus a No. 3 occurred at 160 where GW’s Jake Smith met Patriot Briar Shively, who was honored on senior night along with fellow classmates Jake Alexander, Duane Cotton, Stewart Morris, Kyle Knotts, Tyler Richards, Braidon Knotts, Jordan Quiocho, Lance Hill and Zach Haddix. Following a scoreless first, Smith took the lead for good on an escape and led 2-0 entering the third after Shively, who recorded his 100th pin last weekend at the West Virginia Duals, was hit with his second stall. Smith secured the 4-1 decision by getting a late takedown in the final period.

In the other match, George Washington heavyweight Jack Skidmore secured a 36-34 win for the Patriots when he decisioned Cabell Midland’s Nick Cunningham, 5-0. CM’s Logan Adkins scored a 5-2 win versus No. 8 Sam Moore at 106 while GW’s Levi Smith, also unranked like Adkins, defeated No. 8 Hunter Fischer 8-3 at 113.

Jensen Lorea picked up his 100th career victory when he major decisioned Kyle Knotts, 14-5, in their 126-pound battle. The only other GW wrestlers to defeat a host Patriot were Smith and seventh-ranked heavyweight Jack Skidmore, who upset No. 3 Dane Mills, 5-2.

Cabell Midland tasted victory only twice against Parkersburg South. Aaron Scarr won his 145-pound match against Patriot Zack Burdette, 4-2. Also, CM 220-pounder Nathan Jefferson pinned Haddix, who had a 6-5 lead entering the third, in 4:36. Haddix closed the night on a good note when he flattened GW’s Kareem Badger in 1:14 while Burdette picked up a forfeit in his other match.

Parkersburg South, which returns to action with a road trip next Thursday to No. 1 Huntington, also got a pin by Tyler Newhart-Koreski in his 182-pound battle versus CM’s Jared Bradley, who led 7-3 after one but got stuck just five seconds before the start of the third period.

Hill and Braidon Knotts were the only Parkersburg South seniors to record two wins via pin.