|By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
While a sweep of the Herbert Hoover Quadrangular should boost Calhoun County’s confidence, getting only three Red Devils top-seeded for
this weekend’s Little Kanawha Conference Tournament should allay any thoughts of overconfidence.
“It’s going to be tough,” Calhoun coach Mike Stump said when asked about the Red Devils’ chance of winning their third straight LKC
wrestling title. “We can do it but we have to have guys do their best, we can’t have any halfway effort.”
The Red Devils will be hard pressed by two teams that have scored narrow wins over them the past two weeks. Braxton County nipped the
Red Devils for the championship of the Calhoun Invitational and last weekend Calhoun was third by a narrow margin to Williamstown in the
Williamstown Rumble. Turner Ashby, Va., High School ran away with the team title.
In the latest west Virginia Coaches Association state mat Class AA-A poll Williamstown was ranked third, Braxton fourth and Calhoun fifth.
In the latest individual poll the Red Devils have two top-ranked wrestlers in the state. Justin Ashley is top-ranked at 130 pounds while
undefeated Eric Metz is top-ranked at 152 pounds. Both are top-seeded in the LKC.
Calhoun’s other top seed in this weekend’s LKC tournament is Eddie Burrows at 112 pounds. Burrows is seventh-ranked in the state.
Other statewide ranked Red Devils include Justin Ramsey (sixth) at 125, Andrew Cummings (fourth) at 135; Justin Price (fifth) at 140 and Paul
Goodrich (fourth) at 160.
All will compete in the LKC tournament as will Seth Jarvis (98), Jaron Sampson (119), Dustyn Nichols (145), Dustin Carpenter (171), Michael
Roberts (189) and Dustin Whipkey (215).
Wednesday night at Herbert Hoover the Red Devils topped Winfield 54-24, Riverside 45-32 and Herbert Hoover 38-33.