Parkersburg wins MSAC minus HHS
PARKERSBURG -- Parkersburg High School, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA wrestling, won the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Parkersburg Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Big Reds had five individual champions and finished with 211 points. No. 6 George Washington was second with 171 points and No. 10 Cabell Midland third with 115.
Defending champion Huntington High did not compete. MSAC commissioner Fred Aldridge said Friday he excused the Highlanders because of an undisclosed health issue.
"Their whole team has been quarantined by doctors, and they won't release them until next Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest," Aldridge said. "They can't practice or anything. Any time there's a medical reason, there's no way you can penalize them.''
Huntington coach Rob Archer said the team should be ready for two matches late this week. The Highlanders, ranked No. 1 and defending state champs, visit No. 2 Parkersburg South on Thursday and take on University at home on Friday on Senior Night.
Parkersburg's champs were Jared Donahue at 106 pounds, Dylan Richards at 145, Trapper Hayes at 152, Codie Barrows at 170 and Max Chefran at 195. Hayes was named outstanding wrestler and Big Reds coach Chris Way was voted coach of the year.
Cabell Midland's placers were Logan Adkins, third, 113; Adam Whitmore, second, 126; Bobby Mitchell, third, 138; Tim Blake, third, 170; Chris Camp, third, 182; Nick Cunningham, fourth, 220; and Nathan Jefferson, second, 285.
Spring Valley's placers were Kendall Obregon, third, 132; Zach Gwinn, second, 145; Kyle Fischer, fourth, 170;
Winfield's Bryce Humphreys, top-ranked at 132, won his weight class.