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Cameron Wrestlers Have New Class

November 20, 2011
Jim Cochran , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Among the items to be move from the current Cameron High School to the new facility will be numerous wrestling banners and plaques, which include 16 Class A Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships.

The Dragons have always been in single A in the OVAC, but this coming season, as the result of the OVAC going to five classes, Cameron will be moving up a class. Instead of being the school with the largest Class A enrollment, the Dragons will be in Class 2-A with the smallest enrollment.

Moving to a new classification in the OVAC will be a challenge for the CHS wrestling team.

On an individual note, head wrestling coach Ron Trowbridge picked up another plaque for being named as one of last year's four "coaches of the year" during Media Night. The coaches of the year are voted on by their peers.

Getting back to the 16 OVAC wrestling championships, that number is second to the former Mingo High School, which won 19 wrestling OVAC crowns.

As to trophies and banners, the Dragons will also be taking to the new school four state wrestling championship awards, these being the result of the school's domination 1991-95.

Another wrestling trophy which will make its way to the new school will be an overall OVAC runner-up team.

Jim Potts, who has been associated with the Cameron wrestling program for some 35 years, will not have any official duties with the Dragons this year. In the past year he had some health problem and decided to resign his assistant coaching job.

Potts became involved with the CHS wrestling program in the mid-1970s and after stepping down as head wrestling coach in the mid-2000s, took a year off from the sport, but after that year became Trowbridge's assistant. Trowbridge, who wrestled for Potts, was an assistant coach under Potts before taking over as the head coach.

Former Moundsville High School wrestling coach Larry Chambers was recognized at the recent OVAC wrestling workshop for having been inducted into the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The NWHF is located in Stillwater, Okla., and in 2003 a state chapter was formed to honor those West Virginia individuals who have devoted their lives to the promotion of the sport of amateur wrestling. It now includes the induction of former wrestlers, coaches, officials and contributors.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame spotlights state honorees in three categories: Lifetime Service Award (awarded annually), Medal of Courage Award (presented when appropriate) and Outstanding West Virginia Award (presented when appropriate).

The Lifetime Service Award program, coordinated by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, is designed to honor and recognize state wrestling people for their years of commitment (at least 25 years) to young people. The award is about an individual's sustained effort to guide the state's youth not just to succeed in wrestling, but also in life.

Chambers coached wrestling in the Marshall County school system from 1966-96, and was the 1996 recipient of the OVAC's prestigious Mr. Mat Award.

He coached three years at Union High School, and in 1968 his team placed fourth in the OVAC tournament.

With the John Marshall Consolidation, Chambers assumed the wrestling coaching position in the 1969-70 school term at Moundsville Junior High. Chambers was named the first OVAC Junior High Coach of the Year. Eleven of his Moundsville Trojans went on win OVAC individual titles at John Marshall, and 10 former MJHS wrestlers became state wrestling champions.

In addition to Chambers, previous state National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees with Marshall County who coached in Marshall County include Bill Hinegardner (2004), Ed Dugas (2005), Emil Nardone (2006), George Kovalick (2007), Jim Potts (2007), Ed West (2008).

Wednesday is the deadline for registering a Christmas wreath in a contest to benefit the Cockayne Farmstead. There is a $5 entry fee and other monies will come from those voting to select the winning wreath, and the sale of the wreaths.

Wreaths should not have lights and must be no largr than 18 inches in diameter. They may be decorated for indoor or outdoor use. The decorating style/period being the 19th century to early 20th century.

For more information pertaining to the wreaths call the Farmstead at 304-845-1411.

 
 

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