With the official start of winter, wrestling season is in high gear. We would like to congratulate Oak Glen coach Larry Shaw for coaching his 300th win last week.

Shaw, a former Raleigh countian, has won those matches by going up against some very stiff competition. On Saturday, his team wrestled Parkersburg South in their annual dual battle.

Shaw’s teams have won 11 straight Class AA-A state championships. Independence won in 1996 and since then it has been all Golden Bears. Shaw has coached 48 individual state champions, second only to Joe Handlan of Parkersburg, who retired with 52 individual champions. That record could fall this year because Oak Glen has 10 experienced wrestlers back this season.

Shaw is assisted by Frank Crain, Tim Ralph, Dan Smith, Bob Wilson and Brian Six. Good job, guys!

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Independence is ranked fourth in the latest coaches poll of AA-A teams. Liberty has fallen to ninth since losing to the Patriots and Shady Spring has dropped off the board. Oak Hill climbed to 10th with a good performance at the Hardwood Duals and Greenbrier West is hanging around at 11th.

The Cavaliers lost a close match to Grafton last week. Locally, in Class AAA, Greenbrier East is still among the top 14 teams in the state. The Spartans beat Woodrow Wilson last Wednesday.

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On Friday, Park Middle School will host a duals tournament with five other schools. DuPont, Stonewall Jackson, Eastern Greenbrier, Summersville and Christiansburg, Va., will join the Roadrunners for the all-day affair.

This year’s tournament is sponsored by Vaught Neurological Services. Dr. B.K. Vaught recently opened his office on Robert C. Byrd Drive beside the BP station.

When B.K. went to Park Junior High, he was a center on the football team and a heavyweight wrestler. If my memory serves me correctly, Park’s football team and wrestling team each suffered just one loss during his ninth grade year.

Dr. Vaught was a disciplined student and athlete, and I am sure that has carried over into his professional career as well. Other contributors to the tournament include Calfee Funeral Home, Spartan Sporting Goods, Universal Coal Systems and Phil Honaker of Advantage Realty.

Wrestling will begin at 10 a.m. Friday.

Christiansburg has won this Christmas tournament five years in a row and surely will be considered the favorite this year. Its middle school program and the Blue Demon Wrestling Club have made Christiansburg High School a powerhouse that has been nationally ranked in recent years. It won the Virginia AA state championship last year and beat the second-place team by 173.5 points. Daryl Weber took over at the high school this year, replacing Kevin Dresser.

Rich Pollack is the coach at Christiansburg Middle. He was a four-time NAIA All-American and coached at Waynesburg College and several high schools before ending up at Christiansburg.

The admission for Friday’s tournament is $5 for all day passes.

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This week a squeeze of the water bottle goes to Tom Williams, an avid reader of this column.

Merry Christmas!

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