By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
When Jeremy Tincher attended the North-South All-Star Football Classic eight days ago, he knew he would be honored with his second coach of the year award in four months.
But he was more interested in the Greenbrier West influence on that night’s annual event.
Tincher was recognized as the Wrestling Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Coaches Association during a halftime ceremony at the game, which included two of his former wrestlers in Zach Johnson and Tyler Parker.
“It was a great day for Greenbrier West,” Tincher said. “Two of our kids, who are also wrestlers, played great and won the game, and I got recognized at halftime.
“Very happy for Cavs Nation.”
One of the South team assistant coaches was Greenbrier West head football coach Lewis McClung. Tincher is an assistant to McClung.
When Greenbrier West left Huntington on a late February night as the state’s Class AA-A wrestling champion, crowning three individual title winners in the process, Tincher walked away with some hardware of his own. The 1988 Greenbrier West graduate was named the Dix Manning Class AA/A Coach of the Year.
Last Saturday, he added another award to help honor his most memorable season in Cavalier wrestling history.
Tincher coached West to its first state wrestling championship, edging rival Independence by 12 points. Dustin Yoakum (132 pounds), Malik Boatwright (152) and Parker (170) won individual championships.
The Cavaliers won championships in their final eight tournaments, including the AA title at the WSAZ Invitational. They finished as the overall runner-up to Huntington, which went on to win the Class AAA state title.
Johnson and Parker were the only seniors on Tincher’s team. Ten of the 14 starters last season were sophomores.
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Anyone who thought Sam Lewis had pitched his final game in West Virginia was wrong.
The former West Virginia Miner will be in the bullpen for the Burlington Royals when they visit the Princeton Rays for a three-game series starting today. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. at Hunnicutt Field.
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