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Wrestlers Journey to Championship Tournament

By Staff | Feb 24, 2016

Photo by Ed Parsons Tyler Consolidated wrestlers Cory Chipps and Brandon Keys qualified for the state championship wrestling tournament.

On Friday, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights wrestling team headed to Fairmont to compete in the Region 1 A/AA Championship tournament.

“Although we had not wrestled against East Fairmont or North Marion any this year, I knew that they had strong teams,” said Coach Chad Snider.

Many of their wrestlers are ranked in the top 10 in the state on wvmat.com also. The Knights wrestlers had some success. For the second time in Coach Snider’s career he will be taking two athletes to the State Championships in Huntington this week. The Silver Knights had two wrestlers finish in the third place spot at regionals, plus a fifth place and a sixth place finish.

Brandon Keys at 195 lost a very close overtime match to North Marion’s Chance Haught, putting him in the consolation semifinals. Keys won his next two matches with commanding pins to put him on the podium. Cory Chipps, at 285, wrestled very solid this weekend. Coach Snider said, “I wasn’t going to be surprised if he made it to the finals.”

Unfortunately, Cory lost his semifinals match to North Marion’s Roger Cummings. Cory was the only one in the match to score an actual point by a change of position. Cummings won due to a stalling call that came early in the first period and a controversial full-nelson point when Chipps was getting desperate to turn the North Marion wrestler. Chipps came back in the consolation round beating both Oak Glen and Weirton Madonna heavyweights by 1-0 decisions for the third place.

Other wrestlers who will be alternates for the state tournament will be Chase Cooper who finished fifth at 145 and Colton Mead who came in sixth at 132. Chase was able to end the weekend 3-2, but unfortunately it was not enough to qualify him.

“I hated that it went down the way it did, but Chase knew that he would have to beat wrestlers that were seeded above him. He was competitive both in matches that he lost, but a small mistake can be difficult to overcome when the competition is top notch,” said Snider.

Snider said he was happy to see Colton Mead finally get some recognition for his efforts, by earning the sixth place medal in his weight. Colton has been working very hard to improve and it is showing. Other wrestlers wrestled tough tough, but they just fell short of getting to place at their weight.

“The seniors – Chase Cooper who had an outstanding year, William Chapman and Nathan Eddy all wrestled their best all year and that’s all a coach could ever ask. It has been a pleasure coaching them! All of the boys worked hard for me this year and each one of them improved,” said Snider.

Snider said that wrestling is not an easy sport, and he wanted to thank all of the team for doing their part in making this season a success. Cody Hunter, Riley Leasure, Colton Mead, Trey Keys, Mike Doyle, Chase Cooper, Draven Nichols, William Chapman, Tyler Anderson, Brandon Keys, Billy Anderson, Nathan Eddy, River DiBell, and Cory Chipps all deserve some recognition for their hard work and determination

The Knights now need to focus on getting some wins in Huntington, which starts Thursday at 6:30. Let’s Go Knights!!