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College leads workforce standings after day 2 of state match with 11 wrestlers nonetheless in bracket

HUNTINGTON — Day two of the 2024 WVSSAC state wrestling match passed off Friday at Marshall Well being Community Area in Huntington.

All three Monongalia County colleges despatched wrestlers to the mat, headlined by the College Hawks with all 12 of their athletes nonetheless alive within the brackets, 5 of whom wrestled within the championship semifinals with a shot at securing a spot within the state finals. The seven others had their sights set on making the medal rounds within the comfort brackets of their respective weight courses.

Preston Excessive despatched seniors Owen Klimas (190) and Gavin Garlits (126) into the comfort spherical whereas junior Cole Turner (165) battled within the championship semifinals.

Morgantown senior Troy Andis was the lone Mohigan left on Friday night and dropped his match within the comfort spherical of the 150-pound weight class.

The Hawks superior 11 of their 12 wrestlers on Friday into the medal rounds on Saturday.

“It was a very good spherical for us at present for certain,” UHS coach Ken Maisel mentioned. “There was an opportunity coming into at present that we could also be behind within the standings going into tomorrow (Saturday). We helped ourselves and we received some assist from some others additionally. We’re excited to have the prospect however we nonetheless must go and wrestle and get the outcomes.”

UHS leads the general workforce standings with 159.5 factors, 11.5 factors forward of Parkersburg South who certified 10 for the medal rounds.

UHS junior Pepper Martin earned a 5-0 victory within the 106-pound semifinals. He’ll meet Spring Mills sophomore Dallas Owens within the championship remaining.

Sophomore Kaden Niemann was pinned in his semifinal bout however will battle for a shot at third place within the comfort rounds in 113.

Luca Felix (165) and Brock Kehler (285) every earned pins within the second spherical of their matches and can battle for a state championship Saturday. Felix will matchup with Zach Meisenzahl from Washington within the 165 state championship, whereas Kehler will see senior Anthony Williams from Spring Mills at 285 kilos.

“We’re in a very good place and did what we wanted to do tonight,” Maisel mentioned. “We received the wins we wanted however have to come back out and do the identical factor tomorrow”

Felix will wrestle his remaining match for UHS with an opportunity to exit with a state championship, one thing Maisel says could be particular.

“He has been a terrific a part of our program for 4 years, and he’s only a nice child,” Maisel mentioned of the NC State signee. “It’s humorous we had been speaking on Thursday about him carrying the black singlet for the final time after which at present carrying the crimson singlet. He’s beginning to understand it however he is able to come out and get the job completed.”

The ladies’ match can even happen on Saturday with College’s Gabby Tennant and Cynthia Pyatt hitting the mat.

“It is a likelihood for them to make historical past,” Maisel mentioned. “They get to wrestle within the state match in entrance of a ton of individuals and their teammates. It’s particular for them.”

The morning spherical will start at 10:30 a.m. this morning in Huntington with the third/4th and fifth/sixth place matches going down. The ladies’ match might be run within the afternoon additionally. 

Championship finals will start at 7:30 p.m.