HHS dominates MSAC tourney
PARKERSBURG -- Huntington High had five champions and wrestlers place in 13 of 14 weight classes to win the Mountain State Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday at Parkersburg Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Highlanders, who are ranked No. 1 in Class AAA in West Virginia, racked up 253 points to win the title for the third straight year. Host Parkersburg was second with 180 points, Ripley third with 142.5 and Cabell Midland fourth with 114.
Huntington High picked up its titles in the lower weight classes. Logan Grass won at 106 pounds, Jordan Allen at 113 and Johnathan Spence at 120. Billy Waldeck prevailed at 138 and Justin won at 145.
Taking second for the Highlanders were Chase Childers at 126, Paden Christian at 152, Carter Capehart at 182, Aerison Parrish at 195, Nigale Cabell at 220 and heavyweight Toney Kitts. Cody Shepherd (132) and Jason Martin (160) each finished fourth.
"All the teams wrestled well. We just happened to wrestle better," Highlanders coach Rob Archer said.
One of the feature matches came at 138 where Waldeck beat Ripley's Jake Martin, 7-5, in overtime. Waldeck got a takedown in overtime to win the first head-to-head meeting between the two. Both wrestlers are defending state champs.
"It was so close all it does is make you want to see it again," Archer said.
Spence has come on strong at 120 following the departure of Jarred Adkins. Seeded No. 2, he beat No. 1 seed Jason West of Parkersburg, 4-2.
"He's stepped it up," Archer said.
This is Huntington High's second win in Parkersburg this season. The Highlanders beat Parkersburg and Wheeling Park in a tri-match at the Fieldhouse earlier.
The victory gives the Highlanders more momentum for their big dual Thursday at home against No. 2 Parkersburg South. The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Archer-Lucas Gym. The Patriots are seeking a fifth straight state championship.
"Four-time defending state champs. That's all you need to say," Archer said. "They're champs until someone knocks them off. They believe they'll get five. Both teams will be at their best."
Parkersburg coach Chris Way was chosen the league's Coach of the Year. The Outstanding Wrestler Award went to George Washington's Jake Smith, defending state champion who won at 160.
Ripley had four champions and Parkersburg two.
Cabell Midland's Nick Boone won the title at 170. He was No. 2 seed and beat No. 1 Nate Starkey of Ripley, 2-1. Logan Adkins placed third at 106 for the Knights. Taking fourth were Hunter Fischer, 120; Bobby Mitchell, 138; Timmy Blake, 152; and Nathan Jefferson 220.
Spring Valley's Dylan Lageman was third at 195 and teammate Kyle Fisher fourth at 170.