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HHS sweeps wrestling honors

May. 29, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Rob Archer and Justin Arthur from the Huntington High wrestling team received West Virginia coach of the year and wrestler of the year honors respectively from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Awards were selected by a committee determined by a NWCA representative.

Archer was named as the 2013 NWCA Coach of the Year after guiding the Highlanders to a Class AAA team championship.

He is also a state representative for USA Wrestling.

Arthur, the 2013 NWCA Wrestler of the Year for West Virginia, posted a 30-2 record as a senior and was the Class AAA state champion at 145 pounds. He also claimed state titles at 138 pounds in 2012 and 119 pounds in 2010.

Arthur also won the 2013 Robert Dutton Award as the top wrestler in the state.

He'll be wrestling next year for Clarion (Pa.) University.

Huntington High opened the season ranked No. 1 in the West Virginia Coaches Association poll for the first time, and stayed there.

Archer's team defeated four-time defending state champion Parkersburg South in a Feb. 7 dual match at Huntington High.

The Highlanders captured their first state tournament championship in Big Sandy Superstore Arena with individual titles by Arthur, Jordan Allen at 113 pounds and Logan Grass at 106 pounds.

"On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, I want to congratulate all of the state award recipients for their extraordinary contributions to our sport," said NWCA President Rob Koll. "I can't imagine how our committee will be able to select regional and national winners given the vast accomplishments of the state winners."

The National Wrestling Coaches Association, established in 1928, is a non-profit organization for the advancement of all levels of the sport of wrestling with primary emphasis on developing coaches who work in academic environments. The three core competencies of the NWCA are: coaching development, student-athlete welfare, and promotion of wrestling.