TCMS Wrestlers Pin Hopes on Future
MIDDLEBOURNE — The Tyler Consolidated Knights Middle school wrestling season is in full swing, and the Knights grapplers are making an impact in area tournaments.
The Knights are coached by first year head coach Mitch Nichols, a former wrestler and graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School. The Knights wrestlers in order by weight are Danny McCune (78 lbs), Steven Judge (78 lbs), Trenton Huffman (95 lbs.), Steven Yost (110 lbs), Donovan Judge (116 lbs), Jude Childers (123 lbs), Peyton Lowther (145 lbs), Scott Lavoie (155 lbs), Donald Shields (155 lbs), Matthew Riddle, Nate Weekley (171 lbs), and Chase Thomas ((190 lbs).
The Knights opened the season on Dec 10 with the Cameron Dragons “Conquer the Lair” tournament. With over 20 teams from the Mountain State, Ohio and Pennsylvania in attendance, the Knights represented strongly, placing 12th overall, with a young team made up of five 6th graders, four 7th graders, and three eighth graders. Individuals placing in the tournament were 2nd place Trenton Huffman, 5th place finishers Jude Childers and Donnie Shields, 6th place finisher Steven Yost, 7th place finisher Steven Judge, and 8th place finisher Chase Thomas.
The Knights most recent tournament was the 4th Annual Junior Little Kanawha Conference Invitational on December 17. Twelve schools were represented from across the state including Braxton, Doddridge, Spencer, Wirt, Pleasants, Richie, Williamstown, Ravenswood, South Harrison, Calhoun, Walton, and Tyler Consolidated. Tyler Consolidated again wrestled tough, despite missing two wrestlers from the starting line-up. Overall the Knights finished 7th as a team. Leading the way for the Knights was 6th Grader Trenton Huffman, who won the LKC championship at the 95 lb weight division, winning three consecutive matches by pin to walk away with the title. Also placing at podium positions for the Knights were 3rd place finisher Chase Thomas and 4th place finishers Steven Judge, Jude Childers, and Scott Lavoie. Just missing the podium were 5th place finishers Danny McCune and Donnie Shields; 6th place finishers Donovan Judge and Peyton Lowther; and 7th Place finisher Nate Weekley.
Coach Mitch Nichols is proud of each wrestler for the improvements they have shown to date and the early success in 2016. He hopes each wrestler will continue to show commitment and work ethic to continuously improve as the 2nd half of the season unfolds. Coach Nichols would also like to thank returning three year wrestler Matthew Riddle for the leadership he has provided to the young wrestlers on this team through the early part of the season. The Knights wrestling season will include various matches across the state in 2017. The season will conclude with the OVAC championships in the spring.