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Region One A/AA Wrestling Tournament

By Randy Rutherford - Sports Writer | Apr 21, 2021

Tyler Consolidated High School, Magnolia High School and Paden City High School Wrestling teams all traveled to Fairmont, West Virginia on Saturday, April 9th & 10th to compete in the WVSSAC Region One A/AA wrestling tournament at the Fairmont Senior Field House. All three schools came away with top four finishers that qualified for the state wrestling tournament scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22 at the Mountain Health Arena, 1 Center Plaza, Huntington, WV.

Representing Magnolia will be Lucas Zombotti (3rd place) in the 113 lb weight class and Jason Beisel (3rd place) in the 132 lb weight class.

Representing Paden City, for the first time in school history, will be Jasup Spragg (4th place) in the 126 lb weight class and Doneven Clark (4th place) in the 220 lb weight class.

Tyler Consolidated finished 6th place overall scoring 112 points as a team. This is the team’s highest finish since 2007.

Four wrestlers punched their ticket to the state wrestling tournament, ending a two year hiatus for the Silver Knights missing out on a state tournament appearance. Qualifiers included: 106 lb weight class Danny McCune -3rd place, 113 lb weight class Kaden Huffman- 4th place, 152 lb weight class Sean Winfrey- 2nd place 160 lb weight class Trenton Huffman- 2nd place The Knights also had one fifth place alternate finish with Case Landis at 195 pounds.

First year Head Coach Paden Morris commented, “I’m very pleased with our showing this weekend at the regional tournament. As always this group of young wrestlers went out there and competed hard. Effort is never in question when they hit the mats. Several of our wrestlers achieved a goal this weekend, a couple came up short, but it was evident that these goals truly mean something to them.” Coach Morris went on to say, “Fortunately we have four guys that now have a chance to be a state place winner. For those whose season ended this weekend they will take this experience and grow from it and hopefully be even more motivated this offseason and coming into next season. This team has a bright future, but most importantly they realize the hard work and commitment it will take to fulfill the goals we have. The work for those goals and the goals of our state qualifiers start Monday. I know these guys are excited to go to Huntington and compete for a place on the podium, and we look forward for the opportunity.”

Thanks to Coach Morris for his update on his Silver Knights. I am looking forward to getting to Huntington this week to see our area wrestlers perform. More to come next week.