Chipps Brings Home Heavyweight LKC Victory
The Little Kanwaha Conference held it’s 55th Wrestling Championships on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Calhoun County High School. Winning the event was Braxton County with 238 total points; runner-up was Ritchie County with 178 points.
The Silver Knights of Tyler County, who compete hard at every event but are lacking in depth, scored well and finished in ninth place with 38 points. The Knights got several wins on the day, but the big win came in the heavyweight division where the Knights’ Cory Chipps, a 6’5″ 290 pound senior, went undefeated. He pinned every opponent to work his way to the championship match where he pinned another great heavyweight team champion – Braxton County’s Isaiah Cumberledge. Chipps is ranked as one of the best in the state and has a good chance of ending up on top this year. He now has a season record of 21-1. This was Chipps’ first LKC Championship after placing runner-up the past two years.
Also getting on the podium, with a fourth place finish, was junior Cody Hunter. Hunter managed to work his way into the consolation round despite being in one of the toughest weight classes (138). He won two matches on the day before falling by pin to Williamstown’s Logan Conley.
Michael Doyle and Stephen Yost also got some big wins Saturday, with Doyle wrestling in a very tough weight class and losing in the consolation semi-finals in a great double overtime match.
“What can I say about Cory Chipps, he has worked his tail off to get to where he’s at. He is dominant on the mat and has picked up on some moves that a guy his size usually has problems with. I am very proud of him and happy to be his coach.
“It was exciting to watch him win by pin clear through the tournament,” said coach Chad Snider.
“I am also very proud to be Cody’s coach and every other athlete on this team. Cody is an aggressive wrestler that has diligence to succeed. He wins and loses with poise, which is a trait that even the best of wrestlers struggle to achieve. “
Snider said his wrestlers come to the gym everyday and put great effort toward improvement, and he respects them for their hard work. “This is not an easy sport, and I am proud of the guys that have persevered this season.”
The Silver Knights may not have placed as high as they would like but the effort they gave, with the amount of wrestlers they have, should make Tyler Consolidated proud of them. When you go into a wrestling match, especially one with the quality of wrestlers as the LKC has, it’s not hard to be intimidated; the Knights, however, came out strong in every match and fought hard. It is like going into a football game with 14-15 players and stacking up against a team loaded with 35-40 kids. You are up against the odds, but you still put up a good fight.
Wrestling goes by weight divisions, and if you can have someone in each division, your chances of winning the match is better. Some teams often have two or three in the divisions. Tyler Consolidated is building a solid program under Coach Snider and Coach Matt Peters. This coming Friday and Saturday they will be wrestling to qualify for the WV State Championships, as they compete in the Regionals at Fairmont Senior Fieldhouse.
They compete in Region 1 A/AA which is arguably the toughest region in the state in both A/AA and AAA. Wrestling action starts on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and will resume on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. If you get the chance, make the drive over to see some fine wrestlers and perhaps the best heavyweight in the state, Tyler Consolidated’s Cory Chipps.