The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

February 9, 2014

Area wrestling focus now turns to upcoming sectionals

BECKLEY — Most high school conference championships were decided this weekend, and the focus of most coaches and wrestlers is now on the regional tournaments Feb. 21-22.

Some coaches prefer not to schedule matches for the next two weeks to heal any injuries or illnesses that are present and not to jeopardize any seeding they might have in the regional tournament. Other coaches continue to wrestle matches to keep the wrestlers’ sharpness or give a few substitutes one more competition.  Junior varsity wrestlers cannot participate in the regional or state tournaments. Grafton, Magnolia and Kanawha County high schools will hold tournaments this coming weekend.

Greenbrier West and Nicholas County will visit Woodrow Wilson on Thursday night for a triangular match. Wrestling will begin at 6 p.m. Depending on who these teams will bring, there could be several state ranked wrestlers in this competition.

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Former Liberty High School wrestler Dan Carpenter is doing quite well at West Liberty University.  There was some consideration of redshirting him this year, but he became a starter in the 149-pound class. He recently won the West Virginia College Invitational Tournament. His brother, Mike, is a graduate and former wrestler for West Liberty.

Independence High School assistant wrestling coach Jamie Bolen also wrestled at West Liberty. He wrestled as a starter in the heavyweight division for the Hilltoppers, and was a three-time academic All-American.

Independence Middle School won the Raleigh County Middle School Championships last week in a dominating fashion. They crowned ten champions, and, counting JV wrestlers, had 17 in the finals. Alex Hart and Hunter Taylor also captured their third county title.

Shady Spring Middle School’s Bryce Perdue won the 78-pound county championship, and as a sixth grader has an opportunity to become a three-time champion. His father Matt was a three-time county champion at Beckley Junior High. He won his titles in 1995-96-97.

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This week a squeeze of the water bottle goes to Jim Lafferty, a big wrestling fan and an avid reader of this column.

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