Wrestlers place at Magnolia tournament
The Tyler Consolidated Wrestlers participated in a large tournament at Magnolia on Saturday, placing five on the podium when the day was done.
Earning team points and places on the podium for the day for the Silver Knights were: Chase Cooper (145), third; Brandon Keys (195), third; Cory Chipps (285), fourth; Brandon Bonar (106), fifth; and Zach Bonner (120), sixth place.
“It was nice to see some Tyler County fans make it into Magnolia this past weekend,” said head wrestling coach at Consolidated Chad Snider. “We may be few, but we are loud!”
Linsly was the top team in the tournament at the end of the day, scoring 203.50 points, followed by host Magnolia with 192 points. Berkley Springs placed third followed by: St. Clairsville, River, Steubenville Central, Weir, Tyler Consolidated (8th), Liberty Harrison, Ravenswood, Doddridge, Wahama, and Weirton Madonna.
“We were able to place five wrestlers (at this tournament). I am not only happy that the boys have been placing at tournaments, but one can see improvement in every wrestler. Regardless if that is from coaching or their tenacity, I am proud of them, win or lose.”
Coach Snider said his wrestlers have stayed consistent, working on the weights in practice and are beginning to understand the necessity of conditioning and staying in shape.
With the regular season coming to an end this week, the Knight grapplers have set their sights on this coming weekend and the Region I A/AA tournament at Oak Glen. In order to get to the state tournament, wrestlers competing at the Regional must place in the top four of their weight class. The Silver Knights and every other wrestler in the area will have their work cut out for them as the Region I tournament is one of the toughest in the state.
Along with Tyler Consolidated, the following teams will participate at the Regional: Bishop Donahue, Cameron, Clay-Battelle, Doddridge, East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior, Madonna, Magnolia, North Marion, Oak Glen, Ritchie County, St. Marys, Weir, and Wheeling Central.
Though they will have to bring their best effort against some of the best class A/AA wrestlers in the state, it is more than plausible to believe that more than a couple Consolidated grapplers can wrestle their way to the podium and qualify for the state tournament.
“We have been telling every one of our wrestlers that they have an opportunity to make it to Huntington the next weekend,” coach Snider said. “It saddens me to hear wrestlers telling me that they don’t have a chance of making it to the State Tournament, fortunately, they weren’t from Tyler Consolidated.
“You must not count yourself out before you get on the mat,” he said. “Your attitude has to be positive. Always do your best, and never accept anything less of yourself. You have to be mentally tough, that’s why coaches love hard nosed kids.”
The Class A/AA Region I tournament will be held at Oak Glen High School on Feb. 20-21.
The West Virginia State High School Wrestling State Championships will be held in Huntington at the Civic Center Feb. 26 – 28.