HUNTINGTON - Silver was the color of the night for area finalists Saturday at the West Virginia High School Wrestling Championships.
Cahmpionship competitors from Wheeling Park, John Marshall, Brooke and Madonna all finished second as the 66th annual event concluded at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Huntington won its first Class AAA championship, ending Parkersburg South's string of four straight. It also marked the first time a non-Parkersburg school won the crown since 2006 (Wheeling Park).
Photo by Rick Thorp
Wheeling Park’s Dallas Baciak, bottom, battles Huntington’s Jordan Allen in the Class AAA 113-pound final Saturday night at the State Wrestling Tournament in Huntington.
Greenbrier West garnered its first Class AA-A crown by edging Independence.
Park's first opportunity at a state championship ended quickly when Huntington's Jordan Allen tech falled Dallas Baciak, 15-0, in the second period of their 113-pound final. It was Allen's second straight title in the weight class.
Baciak finished his sophomore season (35-5) with his first state placement after finishing second at the Region One meet last week.
Jonny Davis (33-7) tried again for the Patriots in the 145-pound final. But he, too, fell to an experienced Highlander - Justin Arthur - by pin in 4:28.
''We came down here with goals of championships, obviously,'' Patriots coach Jack Doyle said. ''The guys wrestled there butts off all week. Every wrestler that came down scored points for us.
''With Dallas and Jonny we probably ran into maybe the two best wrestlers in the whole tournament. Sometimes that happens, but I couldn't be prouder.''
Doyle also provided an update of Cody Amos' condition. Amos, Park's 182-pound stalwart left Friday's quarterfinal match via medical squad.
''He's home and doing well,'' Doyle said. ''He has a concussion. He had a bloody nose and fainted. We don't know if (the concussion) happened when he fainted or during the match.''
John Marshall's junior Cullen Ebbert (41-4) hung tough with Parkersburg's Tyler Riddle, but Riddle came on late and posted an 8-4 victory in the 220-pound finale. Riddle turned the tables after falling to Ebbert at the Region One meet.
Ebbert was fourth at 220 pounds last season.
Preston's Terrance Fanning dethroned Brooke senior Nate Dawson (44-6) as 195-pound champion. In a rematch of last week's regional final won by Fanning, the junior captured his first state crown with a 6-3 victory.
Dawson finished his career with a state championship, two state runner-ups and a fourth-place showing in 2010.
Madonna's Garrett Hypes (28-4) finished second after dropping a 5-2 verdict to Greenbrier West's Malik Boatwright in the Class AA-A 152-pound final. Boatwright, who won his first state title after finishing third and second the past two seasons, finished 42-0.
Hypes, a senior, was third in 2010 at 130.
In the final match of the night, Ripley's Daryl Hicks won his first state title by topping Morgantown's Taylor Ortiz.
In Park's consolation bouts early Saturday, Geremy Paige garnered third place at 195 by pinning Ripley's Gregorio Medina in 2:43. The Patriots' Dylan Taylor went 1-for-1 and finished fourth at 138, while Danny Colby finished fourth at 160.
John Marshall's Zach Tubaugh clinched fifth place at 113 with a 13-2 major decision of Parkersburg's Nick Johnson.
Brooke's Skippy Scurry was fourth at 182, while the Bruins' Dillon Shaw won fifth at 152 by besting Parkersburg South's Jake Alexander, 4-1. Brooke's Preston Wise was sixth (285). He was injured during his fifth-place match and had to withdraw.
Earlier Saturday, Oak Glen's Kyle Mack wrapped up a third-place showing at 126 with a 1-0 triumph against North Marion's Ryan Arnett. Mack's teammate, Josh Cornell, was fourth at 120, while Oak Glen sophomore Danny Wyke was sixth at 113.
Cameron's Dillon Blake concluded his fourth state tournament by taking third at 145 by blanking Independence's Dustin Justice, 3-0. The Dragons' Dalton Wood ended up fourth at 106.
Magnolia's Jared Wright also took third, pinning Fairmont Senior's Jaron Summers in 3:30.