Huntington High wins overall title
HUNTINGTON — Huntington High, Greenbrier West and Edison Middle School won titles Saturday night as the 35th WSAZ Invitational wrestling tournament came to a close at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
The Highlanders, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA in West Virginia, went 5-2 in the championship round, had 14 wrestlers place and totaled 271.5 points to lead overall and in Class AAA.
Greenbrier West, ranked No. 2 in Class AA/A, won the Class AA division with 175.5 points and took second overall. The Cavaliers had two champs and eight placers.
Edison crowned three champions and had 12 placers overall to rack up 249 points and repeat as middle school champion. Wood County rival Blennerhassett was second with 161.
“We’ve had a week and a half off. We were ready to go,” Huntington coach Rob Archer said. “We needed this.”
Archer had been hard on his team since a 43-28 win over Cabell Midland on Jan. 9 at Cabell Midland in the annual Cabell County dual.
“We responded pretty well,” Archer said. “We were a lot more aggresive.”
Huntington’s champs were Logan Grass, 106 pounds; 113, Jordan Allen; 138, Billy Waldeck; 145, Justin Arthur; and 220, Nigale Cabell.
“We have potential, but we have to meet a high standard everytime we step on the mat,” Waldeck said.
Huntington returns to action Thursday at home against No. 3 Point Pleasant, which did not compete in the WSAZ this year. The Black Knights were in a tournament in Alliance, Ohio. They had been the overall and Class AA winner the past two years. This is Point Pleasant’s first year in Class AAA.
Greenbrier West opted to compete in the WSAZ Invitational instead of the Calhoun County Invitational this weekend. Coach Jeremy Tincher said it gave his Cavaliers a chance to compete against wrestlers from three states and at the home of the state tournament. The West Virginia High School Tournament will be held Feb. 21-23 at Big Sandy.
“We probably needed to be here for the exposure,” said Tincher, who has nine sophomores on the team.
Greenbrier West’s two champs, Malik Boatwright at 152 and Tyler Parker at 170, are still unbeaten.
Edison and Milton, which placed third, each had three champs.
Edison’s winners were Ryan Taylor, 123; Hunter Delong, 135; and Justin Allman, 171.
Milton wrestlers who reached the top of the awards podium were Zane Lanham, 90; Matt Blake, 128; and Chaston Holley, 145.
Blennerhassett had two champions. They were Luke Martin, 78; and Zach Collins, 95.
Ryan Mills of Beverly Hills won at 190 to remain unbeaten. Point Pleasant’s champ was Grant Safford at 155.