HUNTINGTON -- Tyler Consolidated sent heavyweight 285 pound-class wrestler Cory Chipps to the state wrestling tournament in Huntington on Thursday. Chipps, who was 30-6 this season, qualified for the state event by participating on Feb. 18 in the regionals at Fairmont.
At the state meet this past weekend, he wrestled really tough by beating his Pikeville challenger, 7-2, in the opening round. He then beat his Grafton opponent 1-0 and advance to battle a Sissonville brawler who is known to be a very agile wrestler for a heavyweight. Chipps wrestled well in the match, but it wasn't enough as his Sissonville challenger shot low singles and rode legs on top.
Stout and strong, Chipps endured the next two matches to end up as the sixth place finisher.
Silver Knights’ Cory Chipps conquered, destroyed and dominated his opponents in the regionals and state tournment.
"We are excited to place someone in the state tournament for the second year in a row. I like to think that if Brandon Keys was healthy, he could have brought home some hardware as well, giving us two placements," TCHS Coach Chad Snider said. "I am looking forward to next year. Cory was happy to have placed but told us that it wasn't good enough. I am happy he is even more motivated to be a better wrestler for next season."
The Knights had another rough end to the season. They started out with nine wrestlers, but finished with only four.
Brandon Keys a senior leader and veteran wrestler ended a successful season with a bout of appendicitis which was the par for the Knights this year.
Coach Snider said he hopes to schedule more home duals next season to try and draw some larger crowds in to cheer the Knights on and to attract more participants to the sport. He said the Knights have been struggling to fill all the weight classes on the team since he started coaching, but that seems to be a common trend at most schools. Coach Snider said they will be following the recommendations of the Coach's Association to have less tournaments and more tri's and duals.
He is optimistic that the Knights will field a larger squad next season and is planning some fundraisers for much need equipment.