Timberwolves qualify 4 wrestlers for state Class AAA tourney
HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley qualified four grapplers to the state after placing for the Class AAA, Region IV championships at Huntington High School’s Lucas-Archer Gymnasium Saturday where 52 total participants punched their tickets to the state wrestling tournament.
Parkersburg South took first place overall, scoring 264 points to finish ahead of Huntington’s 205. Parkersburg (166.5), Ripley (112), Cabell Midland (106.5), Spring Valley (98) and Hurricane (79) rounded out the field.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state championship.
Eian Harper of Spring Valley, second place, and Alex Viars of Huntington, third place, both qualified for state in the 120-pound class.
Harper was defeated in the championship by Parkersburg South’s Tucker Windland who was the No. 1 seed. Viars defeated Ethan Koontz of Ripley in the consolation round.
The Timberwolves captured the regional championship in the 192-pound division as No. 1 seed Cody Stanley won a bloody 3-1 decision over Cabell Midland’s Mason Fisher who was the No. 2 seed.
The match was stopped multiple times as the training staff at Huntington High had to bandage Fisher’s nose to allow him to continue the fight.
Owen Porter continued Spring Valley’s dominance of the heaviest divisions with a pinfall over Parkersburg South’s Louden Haga.
Logan Osburn, the No. 5 seed from Cabell Midland took third place in the weight class, defeating Huntington’s Justin Kelley 3-1 in the consolation bout.
Tyson Hall also qualified in the 152-pound class.
The teams will now get two weeks to rest before they return to Huntington for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission state tournament at Big Sandy Superstore Arena Feb. 22-24.