The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 1, 2014

4 area wrestlers win state titles

Patriot freshmen Hart, Adams, West’s Boatwright, Frazier are AA/A champions

By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor

HUNTINGTON — It wasn’t just a weekend to remember for the Independence wrestling team. Ten area wrestlers competed for Class AA/A state championships Saturday night. Here’s a look at each match:

113 pounds: Greenbrier West’s Logan Robertson could not overcome a first-period takedown by Roane County’s Cam Moore. He did score a one-point escape, but Moore won the title 2-1.

Robertson — a transfer from Shady Spring, who placed sixth in the Class AAA 106 division last year — finished his sophomore year with a 32-3 record. He was ranked second in the state.

126: Jacob Hart officially added his name to the family legacy with a 2-1 victory over Grafton’s Cody Goff. The Independence freshman joins his dad, David, and uncle, Jeremy, as state champions.

“It’s what I’ve been trying to earn as far back as I can remember,” said Hart (48-8).

132: In a battle of 2013 champions, Greenbrier West’s Dustin Yoakum battled back from a 3-0 deficit to Williamstown’s Dalton George with a couple of escapes and a takedown to go ahead 4-3 with 1:15 left in the third period. George’s escape point tied it and forced overtime. Three of them to be exact, and Yoakum fell just shy of repeating.

Yoakum (35-3) was trying to become the first Greenbrier West wrestler ever to win multiple state titles. It was an opportunity teammate Malik Boatwright would have later in the night.

145: Independence junior Cody Clifton had beaten Fairmont’s Anthony Alvaro in the regular season. In the rematch Saturday, Alvaro dominated for an 11-2 win to successfully defend his 2013 title.

Clifton (50-3) finished runner-up for the second straight year. He was a sophomore at Liberty last season when he lost to friend Chris Clark of Independence in the 138 final.

152: Independence freshman Noah Adams claimed his first state championship when East Fairmont’s Hayden Stewart was forced to quit because of a broken middle finger on his right hand in the second period. Adams concluded the season with a 51-5 record.

“I didn’t want to win that way, but a win is a win,” Adams said. “I trained hard all season to get to where I was there.”

160: Meeting for the third time in four Saturdays, Dustin Justice of Independence and Malik Boatwright of Greenbrier West wrestled another close one, but Boatwright would not be denied. He beat his rival 4-2 to win his second straight state title, making him the first Cavalier wrestler ever to win more than one.

“I think the coaches and all the people who lead me in the right direction have a lot to do with it,” said Boatwright (35-2), who finished with a career record of 159-7. “Pushing me and making sure I’m surrounded by the right people. I think a lot of people had something to do with it.”

170: In another Independence-Greenbrier West showdown, junior Marquis Frazier came away with an 8-7 victory over the Patriots’ Alex Daniels. It was the first championship for Frazier (36-1) — Boatwright’s younger brother — who was the 160-pound runner-up last season.

“I worked harder in the (mat) room to get where I am today,” Frazier said. “I finally met my goal, and here I am, standing as state champion.”

182: For the second straight year, Nicholas County’s Jake Tyler met a Tyler for a state championship. Unfortunately, the result was the same.

Tyler lost an agonizingly close 7-6 decision to Clay County senior Tyler Stewart. Tyler (37-1) was the state’s top-ranked 182-pounder.

Last year, Tyler dropped a 9-5 match to Tyler Parker of Greenbrier West in the 170 finals.

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The following local wrestlers placed third through sixth:

Class AA/A

113 pounds: Teddy Stover (Independence, fourth); 120: Will Cox (Independence, fifth), Caleb Currence (Greenbrier West, sixth); 126: Bailey Bowles (Fayetteville, fourth); 138: Colton Ward (Independence, fifth); 152: Jordan Tincher (Greenbrier West, sixth); 182: Thomas Williams (Independence, fifth); 195: Trey Williams (Independence, fourth), Mark Sutton (Bluefield, fifth); 220: Drew Hicks (Nicholas County, fifth), Cody Loudermilk (Greenbrier West, sixth).

Class AAA

113: Jasiel Kinder (Greenbrier East, sixth); 120: Leland Swafford (Woodrow Wilson, fifth); 132: Josh Gilger (Woodrow Wilson, sixth); 152: Dakota Miller (Oak Hill, sixth); 160: Josiah Solak (Greenbrier East, fourth), Marc Williams (Oak Hill sixth).

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