Tyler Consolidated's high school gym was teeming with action on Feb. 4 as the Little Kanawha Conference wrestling championships were held at the school, featuring some of the top high school wrestlers in the state of West Virginia.
A pre-quel to the Regional coming up in a couple of weeks, the tournament saw the best that the conference had to offer, many of whom will be sure placers in the state tournament in March.
Twelve teams scored points in the huge meet with the Clay County Panthers taking the overall team championships with 179.50 points, and crowning five champions at the tournament. Wirt County placed second with 175.50 points followed by Braxton County, 134; Williamstown, 105.50; Roane County, 95.50; Calhoun County, 59.50; Ritchie County, 59; St. Marys, 47.50; Ravenswood, 40; Parkersburg Catholic, 21; Tyler Consolidated, 20.50; and South Harrison, 3.
Though they competed hard throughout the day, the only Knight wrestler to reach the podium at the end of the day was senior John Brosky, placing second overall on the day in the 126 pound weight class. Brosky fell to Clay's Alex Suite in the championship by a fall.
Brosky started off the tournament with a technical fall, 15-0 over Braxton's J.P. Honaker, and made the finals with his 13-6 decision over Ritchie's Andrew Davis.
Wrestling at 113, the Knights' Jerrod Longwell got a bye in the first round and fell to Williamstown's Dalton George in the next. Longwell was on the short end of the decision, 8-3 with Braxton's Tyler Conrad to end his tournament.
At 132, Joe Henthorn returned to the mats for the Knights, falling to Williamstown's Logan Lindsey, 9-1.
Josh Ruble, 145, fell to Thom Simon of Braxton, and then to Williamstown's Trace Hart.
Hunter LeMasters, 152, fell to Braxton's Lee Helmick, and to Mikey Houser of St. Marys.
Wrestling at 160 for the Silver, Mario Mantecon fell to Williamstown's David Hastings, and to Garet Leisure of Catholic.
Levi Henderson got the decision over Nathan Bailey of Braxton, 11-10, but fell to Jacob Summers of Roane County. In the consolations, Henderson fell to Jeremy Pratt of St. Marys, just missing finishing fourth.
At 182, Consolidated's Dustin Tawney fell Ritchie's Brad Riddle and to Roane's Scott Gibson.
Jay Earley, 195, fell to Nathan Greene of Braxton, and to Andrew Tidd of Ravenswood to miss fourth place.
Wrestling in the 220 pound division, Dakota Allen fell to Daniel Meire of Braxton, and pinned Caje Nichols of Roane County. Allen just missed placing on the podium when he was defeated by Peter Walters of Catholic.
On Feb. 1, the Knights hosted a tri-meet with Ritchie County and Bishop Donahue, falling to the Rebels, 45-15, and getting the win over the Bishops, 30-18.
The Silver Knight wrestler will have just two more outings before Regional competition begins on Feb. 17. The Silver will host their last home contest of the season on Feb. 8 with a tri-meet against St. Marys and John Marshall, honoring their seniors in a pre-match ceremony. On Feb. 11, the team will participate at the Grafton Tournament.
Region I Regionals will be held at Tyler Consolidated on Feb. 17-18, with the state tournament in Huntington to follow the next weekend.