Wrestlers finish ‘11 season
The showcase of talent that is the West Virginia High School State Wrestling Championships was held in Huntington over the weekend with 39 Class AAA schools and 36 Class A/AA teams participating.
Two wrestlers represented the Tyler Consolidated High School wrestling program at the huge meet, junior John Brosky and sophomore, Joe Henthorn. The two placed in fourth place last week at the Region I Regional held at Williamstown High School.
Point Pleasant High School took the overall Class A/AA team championship in Huntington with 181 points.
The top nine teams placing behind the Class A/AA champions in order were: Berkeley Springs, 132.50; Roane County, 123.50; Clay County, 114.50; Oak Glen, 93; Cameron, 78; Williamstown, 78; Herbert Hoover, 74; Greenbrier West, 70; and Independence, 68.
The team from Parkersburg South High School took the Class AAA team title with 184.50 points.
The next top nine teams in order were: Huntington, 163; Ripley, 123.50; Cabell Midland, 104.50; North Marion, 99.50; John Marshall, 82.50; Buckhannon-Upshur, 72; Wheeling Park, 68.50; Geoge Washingon, 68; and University, 67.50.
For the Knights, Brosky, wrestling at 119, met up with Colton Ward of Independence, taking the fall and sending him to the consolation bracket.
In his next match up, the Knight wrestler ended his time at the state tournament on the short end of a major decision by Braxton County’s J.C. Hoard, 12-1.
Henthorn, wrestling at 125, met up with Grafton’s Tyler Moore in his first match, going down with a major decision, 10-0.
Shady Spring’s John Forren ended tournament hopes for the Knight sophomore with a 13-4 major decision.
Though neither Knight wrestler made an appearance on the podium, head coach Chad Snider is very proud of their effort.
“I think it was a good experience for them,” he said.
“They know what to expect for next year. I think it helps them to make realistic goals in the future and gives them something to shoot for.”
“I hope that they will use the experience to fuel their drive towards success and want to improve. If we had a team full of guys who worked all year long like these two, then we would be a team to reckon with.”
The Silver Knight wrestling program will lose five wrestlers to graduation this Spring, and will be looking to fill weight class slots when the 2012 season begins.
“I hope to get some new wrestlers out next year,” Snider said. “Because we will definitely need some spots filled.”
“We are losing five seniors or exchange students. It’s been fun and they’ve been a truly unique group. I want to thank them for the opportunity to be called their coach.”