The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 21, 2010

Locals set to compete in Class AAA states

This area will be well represented in the Class AAA portion of this week’s state wrestling tournament.

Greenbrier East, Nicholas County and Woodrow Wilson all will be sending wrestlers to the tournament, which begins Thursday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. The Spartans, who finished fourth in Saturday’s Region 3 tournament at Lewis County, qualified seven for states.

Jacob Sockriter at 112 pounds and Davis Solak at 152 both took third-place regional finishes. Placing fourth were Matt Surgeon (135), Joshua Whitt (140), Aaron Shaffer (145), Garrett Williams (160) and Johnathan Miller (171).

Nicholas County, which was sixth at regionals, will send four to Huntington. Travis Ferrell (140), Cody Hanshaw (152) and Nick Bryant (160) all finished runner-up at regionals. Matt Bragg (112) was fourth.

Bryant is ranked third in the state.

Woodrow placed eighth at the region and will have three wrestlers in the state tournament.

“It didn’t go as well as we had hoped,” Woodrow coach Street Sarrett said. “We took 10 and five were just one match away from placing. We’re disappointed. Some of our kids just fell a little short.”

Junior heavyweight Clinton Van Horn lost 3-1 to Riverside’s Chaz Robinson in the title match. Robinson is the state’s second-ranked 285-pounder, while Van Horn is sixth.

Alex Wriston (125) and Cole Williams (130) were both third.

None of the wrestlers from any of the three schools has ever placed at the state tournament. Obviously, the coaches would like for that to change.

“I would like to see all three of them place in the top six, because I think they all have that ability,” Sarrett said. “Possibly, with a little good luck, maybe we can even have a state champion.”

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