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Silver Knights Wrestlers Perform Well During Single A Challenge Tournament

By Staff | Jan 31, 2018

Cody Hunter, Cory Chipps, and Michael Doyle show off their hardware at a Class A wrestling challenge held in Ritchie County on Jan. 26.

The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights landed Cory Chipps as the champion at heavyweight, while Michael Doyle placed a respectable third. After some losses to tough wrestlers in close matches, Cody Hunter finished on the podium in sixth place. Congratulations to Cory Chipps! He is a two-time champion of the Single A Challenge tournament!

“Coach Peters and I are really happy with the Knight’s performance, although I felt like we looked a bit rusty on the mats. Lack of big tournament wrestling put us at a disadvantage. We would have normally wrestled in the OVAC tournament, but our school made the decision last year to be in the LKC conference only. Many of the other teams had wrestled in OVAC or the WSAZ the previous weekend. I didn’t foresee it affecting us as badly, in the future I will fill the void with another super tournament,” stated Coach Chad Snider.

Some of the other wrestlers that have greatly improved their wrestling ability, but finished shy of the podium were Stephen Yost, Jacob Sharp, and Billy Anderson. They have been working hard for the Knights, but are still sharpening the skills needed to bring home some hardware.

This week the Knights plan to compete for the trophy that follows the Union Bank Middle Island Quad at Doddridge County, and then they will wrestle at the conference championships (LKC) in Calhoun on Saturday. The following weekend, they will be at Fairmont for the Region 1 A/AA tournament.

The Silver Knights want to thank all that have showed up and supported them this year, as it really means a lot to have a great fan base for these boys who work so hard.

The Silver Knights placed 13th in the Class A event with 52.5 points. Paden City finished with 13 points. The Wildcats’ Rander Amos continued to impress with a pin in his first match on Jan. 26. Weirton Madonna won the meet with 214.5 points and had the most valuable wrestler in Alec Cook a 138 pounder.