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Cameron Wrestling Standout Ian Bush Secures 100th Win

Junior wrestling standout eyeing state championship

Photo by Kyle Lutz Cameron’s Ian Bush secured his 100th win Tuesday during the Dragons’ outdoor tri-match against John Marshall and Hundred.

CAMERON — On Tuesday, the Cameron wrestling team put on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as it hosted an outdoor tri-match in Dragon Stadium. With John Marshall and Hundred coming to participate in the historic event, the Dragons also ended the evening with one of their own hitting a major milestone.

Junior Ian Bush secured his 100th victory on the last individual dual of the evening where he secured a pin against John Marshall’s Dylan Cox.

“It’s awesome,” Bush said. “Just to be able to get it at home was really cool. Getting the 100th win out in an environment like this underneath the lights is even better.”

To make matters of his accomplishment even more impressive, Bush, who held a record of 80-10 after his sophomore campaign ended, accomplished the feat in under three full seasons.

“It’s a combination of hard work and all the years I’ve put into it,” Bush said. “There’s still more stuff to come. Hopefully a state title this year and see what happens.”

Speaking of state championships, Bush was in the West Virginia Class AA/A title bout during his sophomore campaign.

He fell just short of the top spot where he was defeated by Moorefield’s Isaac VanMeter in a 7-3 decision. Bush, who secured a record of 45-3 during the 2019-20 season held a 1-0 lead in the second period.

“I have a little bit extra motivation to get out there and get after it and try to get a state title,” Bush said.

Although he fell short of a state title last year, there was still plenty more accomplishments he can boast about as he tallied an OVAC championship, something that he and Cameron coach Tim Jones wanted to win again this year.

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the OVAC Ron Mauck Wrestling Tournament was canceled this year.

And with the coronavirus came a winter season that was up in the air. With the season in question, Bush just did what all athletes could do at the time: just worry about what they could control and get back to work.

“It was kind of control what I can control,” Bush said. “Let season unfold and see what happens. But just get in the practice room and go as hard as you can and do what you can do.”

However, as the postseason comes near, the motivation is even higher for him.

“He’s got a ton of motivation,” Jones said. “He won the OVAC Tournament, but fell short at states, but we wanted to come back for this year’s OVAC Tournament, which didn’t happen. So, we were bummed about that. Now, he’s got his mind set on the state championship, so we’re working hard to make sure that happens.”

Bush also made it to the state tournament as a freshman. Although he didn’t make it on the podium, he still finished 35-7 on the season.

“As a junior and in a shortened season, it’s neat that he got to do it this year,” Jones said about Bush’s 100th victory. “He got to do it on the field. He’s a special wrestler. He’s the hardest worker we have in the room Kudos to him and congratulations to him. He’s got many more to come.”

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