The Tyler Consolidated High School wrestling program, just like every other sports program in this section of the state, has been hindered by the inclement weather causing school to be canceled on several occasions, therefore, costing them important time on the mats. But the season continues, with or without practice, and the Silver Knights saw an end to their regular season come last week.
The Silver Knights hosted a quad at home last week with Weirton Madonna, Doddridge, and Ritchie County, taking the time to recognize the only senior on the team, Josh Ruble and his family, in senior night ceremonies. Ruble had a great night on the mats for his farewell performance, going undefeated on the night.
As the only senior wrestler on the roster, Ruble has made quite the impression on head coach, Chad Snider. "Josh's hard work and leadership will be missed," the coach said. "He is one of the few in the school who wasn't a stranger to the weight room. Josh has put more than his time in to be a productive athlete on my team. I hope his time pays off for him at Regionals."
With the end of the season done and gone, the Knights now move on to Regional competition, with each wrestler hoping to place high enough at the competition to extend their season to the state tournament.
The team will compete at the Region I, Class A tournament at the Wood Williams Armory in Fairmont on Feb. 21-22.
Teams in competition at the Regional will include: Bishop Donahue, Cameron, Clay-Battelle, Doddridge County, East Fairmont, Fairmont Sr., Madonna, Magnolia, North Marion, Oak Glen, Ritchie County, St. Marys, Tyler Consolidated, Weir, and Wheeling Central.
Wrestlers hoping to qualify for the state tournament in Huntington the following week will need to place in the top four of their weight class at the Regional.
Several grapplers wearing the Silver and Black have the potential to place high at the tournament and go on to state, but the competition is sure to be fierce, with every wrestler there hoping to extend their seasons.
"I am not expecting anything magical to happen, we have a young team," Coach Snider said. "When we picked up the Marion County Schools last year, chances for making it out (of the Region) decreased greatly. We have been scouting out some opponents and looking at some of their weaknesses in hopes to see some upsets at Regionals."
"We are excited to go to Fairmont and put it all out on the mat. No regrets."
Wrestling is expected to begin a t approximately 1 p.m. on Friday with semi-finals to get underway around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.