By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
As an assistant coach for Greenbrier West’s Class A quarterfinal football team, Jeremy Tincher was fortunate he never had to call a play while missing the likes of Malik Boatwright, Tyler Parker, Jake Martin or Zach Johnson, all at the same time.
He has, however, seen the result of having some of his top wrestlers unable to compete.
“You take four starters off the football team and ask (the team) to play on Friday night, and see what happens,” Tincher said.
At last Saturday’s Greenbrier West Duals, Tincher finally had his full team at his disposal. Yes, there was some rust, but the results were pretty decisive.
The Cavaliers went 5-0 to easily win in what was their second home match of the season. Fayetteville was second and Bluefield third.
“We were a little bit behind because we were coming out of football,” Tincher said. “It took us a little bit longer to get going. This was the first time we had everybody in the right weight class, everybody where they are supposed to be.
“It showed that when we get all the guys where they are supposed to be, we are pretty good.”
Tincher said he had to place four junior varsity wrestlers on the varsity squad until the regular starters were ready to go.
Meanwhile, the usual suspects have picked up where they left off last season.
Parker, a senior, is undefeated as West’s 170-pounder, while Boatwright, a junior at 152, also has not lost.
Parker (16-0) picked up some big wins in the first month of the season, including a decision over Cole Valentine of East Fairmont at the Jason Eades Memorial in Point Pleasant.
“He is wrestling really well right now,” Tincher said.
Also unbeaten is sophomore Cody Loudermilk at 220. Jordan Grimmitt, also a sophomore, has not been defeated in 126-pound matches, but has lost a couple of bouts at 132.
Grimmitt will stay at 126 the rest of the season, while sophomore Dustin Yoakum will man the 132 slot. Yoakum placed sixth at 120 in last year’s state tournament.
Making his season debut last Saturday was sophomore Marquis Frazier (160). He missed more than half of football season with an ankle injury and was noticeably rusty, Tincher said. Frazier lost to Richwood’s Austin Stewart and Bluefield’s Brandon Eldridge, who has signed to wrestle with St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.
“He was very sluggish,” Tincher said of Frazier. “He has had a hard time getting in great shape because it is still hard for him to run. He is still laboring around, so we have to find other things for him to do to keep his cardio up.”
Greenbrier West will next compete in the W.Va. Army National Guard Duals Friday and Saturday at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.
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