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Tyler Consolidated Wrestlers Pin Down Success

By Staff | Mar 2, 2016

Photo by Ed Parsons Wrestler Brandon Keys (second from left) takes home a fourth place medal from the state tournament.

Three Silver Knights wrestlers – Cory Chipps, Brandon Keys and Chase Cooper – headed south Feb. 25 to Huntington for the state finals. You read that correct, three!

Chipps, Cooper, and Keys were more than excited to prove their skills!

On a optimistic note, Cooper (an alternate) made the trip down due to the fourth-place finisher from Madonna getting injured in practice.

On a pessimistic note, something had to go wrong. Chipps was not allowed to wrestle in the tournament because of a skin infection that was considered contagious even after another doctor cleared him to wrestle earlier in the week. Just a sophomore, Chipps will be back next season bigger and stronger.

The other two wrestlers, Cooper and Keys, lost tough first matches which knocked them down into the consolation bracket. They were not done yet, both winning their next matches by pins.

Cooper’s next match would be against another Region 1 wrestler – Nathan Kosko of East Fairmont – that he lost to the previous week. Cooper started with a commanding lead of 6-2 into the third period, but he wasn’t able to hang on in the last minutes by losing an 11-8 decision, ending his run at the podium.

However, Keys was not done. Keys defeated Christian Lively (Fayetteville) 8-4, then pinned Chris Lacy (Calhoun), defeated Jordan Hartman (Petersburg), which qualified him for the 3rd and 4th place match. After wrestling the maximum amount of matches possible at the state tournament, Keys lost his match against Clay’s Brandon White.

Keys ended the tournament with a respectable fourth-place finish. Keys is the first TCHS wrestler to place in seven years in the state tournament.

“Both Coach (Paden) Morris and myself are proud to have coached Brandon this year. We were happy that he got awarded for his hard work, “TCHS Coach Chad Snider said. “We look forward to what next year brings as we continue to build this program at Tyler Consolidated High School.”