Park, JM Fare Well on Day 1

State wrestling tourney begins

Photo by Kim North Wheeling Park’s Stevie Mitchell won the first round of the state tournament on Thursday by pin.

HUNTINGTON — Both Wheeling Park coach Clay Tucker and John Marshall’s Ted Zervos were pleased with the effort their team’s put forth Thursday night as the 71st annual West Virginia Class AAA state tournament unfolded inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The Patriots had seven of their 12 wrestlers move on to the second round, including defending runnerup Austin Loew (195). He raised his record to 41-6 with a three minute, 34 second fall of Hedgesville’s Spencer Sanon.

Other winners were Maison Richardson (120), Billy Gooch (132), Stevie Mitchell (138), Andrew Shelek (145), Kaleb Simpkins (170) and Dylan Wood (220). Mitchell and Wood won by pins.

ìIt was a pretty solid day for us,” Tucker said. “We knew coming in we were going to have a lot of tough first-round matches, but that’s the way it goes. We won some close matches and we lost some close matches.

ìOur kids in the consolation brackets are going to have to battle back and get some points for us.î

Winning for John Marshall Ethan Gray (113), Austin Love (132), Anthony Carman (160), Jacob Berisford (170), Chas McCool (182) and Brady Williams (285).

ìI liked the effort our kids showed,î Zervos said. ìThe kids wrestled well. We lost a couple of close matches, but we won a couple of close ones, as well. I think we are pretty well set for (today).î

Brooke had a pair of winners in CJ Helms (152) and Gage Barnhart (160).

ìWe had a couple of guys win, but even our guys that lost wrestled hard,” Brooke coach Dan Doyle said.

Wheeling Park checks in at ninth with 19 points, four spots ahead of John Marshall which finished with 17.5 Brooke is 21st with six.

Parkersburg South amassed 43.5 points to lead the way. Huntington is second with 34.5 and Greenbrier east third with 25.5. University (24.5) and Parkersburg (23) round out the top 10.