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Cooper goes two rounds at state

By Staff | Mar 4, 2015

Tyler Consolidated High School was represented at the 69th annual West Virginia State High School Wrestling Tournament last weekend in Huntington by junior Chase Cooper, wrestling in the 145 lb. A/AA class.

Though he was unable to wrestle to a win at the tournament, the experience alone will aid the scrappy grappler in his senior season on the mats next year.

“Unfortunately, Chase was unable to secure any victories in Huntington,” said head wrestling coach at Consolidated, Chad Snider.

“However, it was nice to see some good competition. Brandon Keys came along for the ride to help Chase get ready for his matches, and I think it was a good experience for both wrestlers. I think it motivates their drive to do well in wrestling.”

“Next year, hopefully we will need a bus to take everyone.”

Cooper faced Wirt County’s Tyler Brannon in the first round, going down in a fall in 5:04.

In the consolation round, junior Matt Marshall took the win over Cooper in 2:58 with a fall.

Independence High School sophomore Jacob Hart (41-5) was the overall champion in the 145 lb. class on Saturday evening.

“In wrestling, regular season rivals become each other’s fans at the state tournament,” coach Snider said. “It was nice to be able to watch Region 1 wrestlers compete with others in the state. The last few rounds of wrestling almost used as much blood and injury time as there was actual wrestling. It was the first time I ever saw a wrestler with his nose taped shut and the other with his mouth taped shut because the bleeding couldn’t be stopped. The matches were just that intense!

“Good show West Virginia wrestlers, your off-season training officially begins now.”

Team scores at the state tournament had Independence finishing first in the Class A/AA division with 203 points. Calhoun County placed second with 157 points, followed by Greenbrier West with 115.50 and Oak Glen with 107.

Locally, teams from this area gaining points and places included Ritchie County finishing 11th; Magnolia placed 20th overall; and St. Marys placed 24th.