|By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
Call it a ‘three-peat’ if you want or simply call it three in a row or third straight. Use whatever term you want but make sure you know that the Calhoun County wrestling team defended its LKC wrestling championship Saturday by 15.5 points over Williamstown.
The Red Devils had 164.5 points while Williamstown had 149. Braxton County was third with 126.5 while Wirt with 100.5 and Roane with 81 round out the top five.
The win was especially gratifying to the Red Devils who had hit a slump in the past couple of weeks losing close tournaments to LKC foes Braxton and Williamstown. Two weeks ago the Red Devils fell to Braxton in the Calhoun Invitational then last weekend they finished third behind Williamstown in the Williamstown Rumble, which was won by Turner Ashby, Va., High School.
Calhoun coach Mike Stump said his team would have to wrestle to its capabilities if it were to defend its title for the second straight year. And, on a snowy Saturday at Ritchie County High School, it did.
Calhoun won four individual championships while take two seconds, two thirds and two fourths.
Justin Ashley became a three-time LKC champion when he won the 130-pound title with a 7-0 decision over James Adams of Braxton.
Other Calhoun champions were Eddie Burrows (112), Andrew Cummings (135) and Eric Metz (152). Second place winners were Jaron Sampson (119) and Paul Goodrich (160). Justin Ramsey (125) and Justin Price (140) had thirds while Dustyn Nichols (145) and Michael Roberts (189) took fourth.
Burrows had the quickest pin in the championship round when he put Williamstown’s Craig Johnson on the mat in 31 seconds.
Cummings beat Wirt’s Daniel Allen with a pit and 5:18 while Metz scored a 7-3 verdict over Wirt’s Tim Miller. The win lifted Metz to 38-0 on the season.
Sampson lost a 21-6 decision to Ravenswood’s Judd Billings in the finals at 119 while Goodrich was an 11-5 loser to Shane Smith of Williamstown at 160. Smith is a four-time LKC champion and was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The Red Devils have two weeks to revel in winning their third straight LKC title. Calhoun is not scheduled to return to action until Feb. 20-21 when it travels to Roane County for the state Class AA-A Region IV tournament. The Red Devils should be favored to win the regional tournament.