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By Staff | Dec 28, 2016

Photo by Ed Parsons Silver Knight’s wrestler Brandon Keys moments he got a pin during the senior night quad wrestling match at Tyler Consolidated.

MIDDLEBOURNE — The Silver Knights had a busy week of wrestling as they hosted a quad match against top teams who were ready to pin a win.

The Dec. 14 contest pitted wrestlers from TCHS, Cameron, Weirton Madonna and Magnolia. In a battle to the finish, only the strong survived the Dec. 14 matchup that pitted wrestlers from TCHS, Cameron, Weirton Madonna and Magnolia.

In the end, to borrow a line from the movie “Highlander” – “there can be only one.” The team results from the quad match were: Magnolia 34 Cameron 36; Magnolia 57 Tyler 12; Magnolia 24 Madonna 54; Madonna 47 Cameron 24; Tyler 6 Madonna 62; Tyler 18 Cameron 45.

The quad match also served as senior night for the Knights with senior leader and captain Brandon Keys being escorted on to the floor by his parents. Keys is a four-year grappler for Tyler Consolidated and has been a force to reckon with in the 195 pound weight class. He is working towards his fourth varsity letter and has also lettered four years for the Knights football team. Keys who made it to the state tournament last season has undefeated and won the last two tournaments he has wrestled in. Wednesday the Knights Cory Chipps continued to dominate as he remained undefeated on the season in the 285 pound weight class.

On Dec. 17, the Knights held their annual Larry Ritchie Memorial wrestling tournament. The day started with icy road conditions and three teams cancelled

The tournament which was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ended up kicking off at 11 a.m. to allow all of the teams to make a safe journey.

“I was worried that much of our volunteer help would have trouble, but we were fortunate enough to have a handful of alumni to help and cheer us on today,” Snider said. “We took a minute to recognize some of the alum from Tyler County wrestling after lunch. It’s really nice to see people that were involved in the program and share some memories of Coach Richie. I appreciate all who came and made donations, whether it be their time or food. It takes a community to run a tournament. We had help from the Chad Deaton’s Triple Threat Youth Team, Ashley Moore’s TSA ran the concessions, and we had multiple other student volunteers here working for community service hours. I would like to send out a special thanks to mine and Coach Peters’ family, who took time out of their weekend to come and help make our tournament a success. Coach Paden Morris did an excellent job of running the computer.”

Cody Hunter got a fourth place finish in the 132 pound weight class while Colton Mead 138 ended the day with a third place finish, Michael Doyle was the overall winner at 145 going 4-1 on the day. Brandon Keys had another big day as he ran through the competition to finish undefeated at 195 with a 5-0 record including four pins. In the 220 weight division River Dibell finished with a 4-1 record and three pins Cory Chipps was again dominate in the heavyweight class as he took down all comers 285 and finished with 5-0 with five pins. Backup Heavyweight Skylar Winters also had a good day as he ended in third place with a 2-2 record.