Knight grapplers compete at Magnolia and Ritchie County
The Tyler Consolidated varsity wrestling team began their season last week and already have two events on their schedule out of the way.
On Dec. 10 the Silver and Black went up against the Blue Eagles at Magnolia and were able to secure a couple of wins against a very solid team.
One match which pitted Knight 195 pounder, sophomore Brandon Keys, up against Magnolia’s Joel Hatfield was one of the more exciting ones of the night. Keys was able to get the win in the last 10 seconds of the match.
Junior Chase Cooper (138) was also able to secure a pin for the team against Logan Highley.
Junior Nathan Eddy, 285, accepted a forfeit on the mat.
“The match went as expected,” said Knight head coach, Chad Snider. “I knew Magnolia had some solid freshmen and sophomore wrestlers who had been wrestling under the recent Hall of Fame inductee, John Holliday. It was also nice to see him referee the match.”
“Vince Monseau and Eric McKeever have built quite the team at Magnolia. Building a team has been our biggest challenge at Tyler.”
At the Ritchie County Duals on Friday and Saturday, the Silver Knight grapplers did well enough to finish in the middle of the pack of the teams in competition.
Cooper led the team, winning every match he contested.
“Unfortunately, the tournament was a team duals, so there weren’t individual places awarded like there would be in a bracketed tourney,” Snider said. “A team dual tournament does allow for more matches though. Almost every one of our wrestlers was able to secure a win this past weekend.”
“Having nine matches gives the coaches a definite idea of some weaknesses that plague our team. We will keep working to improve as always.”
At the duals tournament the Knight wrestlers defeated St. Marys, 36-18; Buffalo, 42-12; Notre Dame, 42-12; and Grafton, 36-33. The team fell to: South Harrison, 24-36; Parkersburg South, 48-6; Wirt County, 60-24; Fishburn, VA, 64-15; and Ritchie County, 42-36.
This week, the Silver and Black have a busy schedule ahead of them. The Knights will compete in a tri with Cameron and River at River on Dec. 17 and on Saturday the team will host their own tournament. The Larry Richie Memorial Tournament will be held at Tyler Consolidated and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
The wrestling program welcomes any and all volunteers to help out with the tournament, whether it be a donation of food or time, to support the tournament and the wrestling program.