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Wrestlers Grapple With Season’s First Match

By Staff | Dec 14, 2016

Photo by Bruce Crawford Silver Knights’ heavy weight Cory Chipps gets the win over Magnolia on Dec. 7.

NEW MARTINSVILLE – The 2016 Tyler Consolidated Wrestling season has gotten off to a great start by competing in two matches with another taking place tonight on the home mats.

On Dec. 7, perhaps a date that will always has a place in history, the Silver Knights participated in their first match of the year when they traveled to New Martinsville for the Magnolia Quad.

The Knights are low in numbers which puts them at a major disadvantage when it comes to winning the meets, but they are big on individual talent and have given two straight solid outings.

The Knights won four of the six matches wrestled plus both exhibition matches in the land of the Blue Eagles. Magnolia has a solid team with 21 wrestlers compared to the Knights nine, Because TCHS could fill only six of the 14 weight classes, the Blue Eagles were awarded forfeits in eight classes and given six points for each forfeit. Even if the Knights had won every match, the score would still have been 36-42 in Magnolia’s favor.

Winners for the Knights at the Magnolia event were Isaac Rine in the 120lbs class with an injury default, Colton Mead 145 by pin, Michael Doyle 152 by pin, and Cory Chipps 285 by pin. Backups River DiBell and Skylar Winters also came away with wins in their exhibition matches.

“I was happy with how the event turned out winning 4-6 matches wrestled, we got great effort from our kids. I think we are doing alright considering our low numbers. We also wrestled Monroe Central who only had two wrestlers. Cody Hunter and Michael Doyle both got the wins,” Silver Knights’ Coach Chad Snider said.

On Saturday, the Knights faced tough competition all day in Keyser. The tournament was set up as a team pool, which guarantees all wrestlers get to wrestle five matches during the day. The Silver Knights finished sixth out of the 10 teams participating. Cory Chipps and Brandon Keys both went undefeated on the day and all the other wrestlers were able to add some wins to their records.

“I am excited for this season, we may be small, but we have some quality wrestlers that want to be here,” Snider said.

The Silver Knights will host a quad match tonight with Cameron, Magnolia and Madonna at 6 p.m. and on Saturday will have the annual Larry Ritchie Memorial Tournament beginning at 10 a.m.