WHEELING – Two of the highest W.Va. Class AAA highschool wrestling powerhouses met Wednesday evening contained in the ‘Palace on the Hill’ at Wheeling Park Excessive College in twin meet motion.
Prime-rated College began sturdy and ended sturdy in a 45-19 victory over the No. 6 Patriots earlier than a pleasant crowd on Alumni Evening and Youth Wrestling Evening. The Hawks had been state runners-up in 2022 to Wheeling Park and positioned second to Parkersburg South final winter.
“We knew Wheeling Park was greatest within the center. I believed our guys wrestled powerful within the center, however they had been higher,” College head coach Ken Maisel stated.
“Going someplace and profitable 70-2 doesn’t do a lot for you, however coming to a spot like this and profitable lets us form of gauge the place we’re at transferring ahead.”
Successful the primary 5 matches – two by forfeit – College bolted to a 24-0 lead earlier than Wheeling Park may get on the board.
Pepper Martin acquired the Hawks off to a flying begin with a pin at 106 in 1 minute, 28 seconds. Kaden Nieman adopted with a forfeit at 113 and Brodie Emery’s 6-0 determination at 120 made it 15-0. Colton Gillespie earned a 5-2 nod at 126 and Max Vitale was awarded a forfeit at 132.
“It’s onerous to beat the No. 1 crew within the state when you have got two children who didn’t make weight and you must forfeit these two weight courses,” Wheeling Park’s Brian Leggett stated. “That was powerful for us proper out of the gate.”
Wheeling Park’s Adam Carman acquired his crew on the scoreboard with a 4-2 determination over Carter Pauley at 138 in a battle of OVAC- and state-ranked wrestlers.
The Patriots minimize into the deficit much more after Jack Lowe’s pin in 3:26 at 144 kilos made it 24-9 and Noah White made it three in a row with a 6-4 additional time determination at 150. White trailed 3-0 after one interval however drew even at 4 with a takedown with 15 seconds left in regulation. He then recorded a takedown simply 18 seconds into the additional session to tug Wheeling Park to inside 24-12.
Isaac Sands earned a 9-6 determination at 157 for a 24-15 studying, however College flexed its muscle mass late in profitable 4 of the ultimate bouts, with three of them by pinfall.
Luca Felix (165) pinned his opponent in 5:00; Jackson Pate (190) gained by a 16-11 determination; Ryder Hastings (215) gained by fall in 1:03; and Brock Kehler (285) closed issues out with a 53-second pin.
In between, Wheeling Park’s Jameson Maynard dominated his opponent in a 13-2 main determination.
“Loads of the errors we made may be mounted and I feel we are able to shut that hole,” Leggett famous. “We’ll all the time depend on our middleweights.”
By KIM NORTH/The Intelligencer