Senior Joe Henthorn, wrestling at 132 lbs., will be the only Tyler Consolidated High School wrestler to participate in the West Virginia State Wrestling Championships this weekend in Huntington ,after qualifying at Regionals on Feb. 16.
Henthorn and the Silver Knight varsity wrestlers competed at the Region I Class A/AA Wrestling tournament in Fairmont on Feb. 15-16.
"Joe was able to slide in at the fourth place position at 132, earning his way to Huntington," said Silver Knight head coach Chad Snider.
"He started the tournament as the fifth seeded wrestler, which meant somewhere along the road he had to beat a higher seeded wrestler. His first match was against the fourth seed from Weirton Madonna who had beaten him in their previous match."
The Knight 132 pounder was able to come from behind with a pin to start his path to the placing rounds. He later lost to the top seed from East Fairmont in the semi-finals, and then beat a wrestler from Fairmont Senior in the consolation, 11-3. Henthorn lost his consolation final match to Ritchie County, putting him fourth in his class overall.
Two Knight wrestlers placed fifth at the Regional, putting them in alternate positions for the state tournament, meaning they still have a chance to compete at the state level.
"Chase Cooper and William Chapman have a chance of advancing to the state tournament if someone in their weight class is not able to wrestle for some reason," the coach said.
Placing sixth for the Silver at the tournament were Bobby Dennis, Dustin Tawney and Nathan Eddy.
"Overall, I'm happy with how the boys wrestled at the Regionals," Snider said. "Some classes may be tougher than others, some may have had better placement in the brackets, but one can't expect any situation to be easy. If you put forth your best effort, then you won't have anything to regret."
"Even though we are only taking one wrestler to states, I think every one of our wrestlers have bettered themselves this season. I hope to see some fans in Huntington to support our lone Knight."
The 66th annual West Virginia State High School Wrestling Tournament will begin on Thursday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington and continue until Saturday night when the championships will be featured.