CALHOUN WRESTLERS SET FOR REGIONAL - Make Or Break Time For State

(02/21/2004)

By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR

realfang@citlink.net

The goal of every high school wrestler is to make the state tournament and win the state title.

It is a lofty goal since there are only 28 individual state champions including Class AAA and Class AA-A.

But before you can mount the top of the victory platform at the state wrestling tournament in Huntington you must advance through the regional tournament.

That regional bottleneck is what the Calhoun wrestlers are facing today at Roane County High School where the Class AA-A, Region IV Tournament is scheduled starting at 10 a.m. Along with Calhoun are teams from Wahama, Pt. Pleasant, Ravenswood, Webster, Richwood, Clay County, Roane County, Sissonville, Herbert Hoover, and Winfield.

The top four wrestlers advance to the state tournament.

Calhoun has won the past four regionals it has been in and with nine seeded wrestlers this year the Red Devils are hoping to make it five.

Top seeds for the Red Devils include Justin Ashley (35-1 at 130), Andrew Cummings (31-5 at 135), Eric Metz (38-0 at 152) and Paul Goodrich (35-3 at 160).

Justin Price (26-11 at 140) is a number two seed.

Number three seeds include Eddie Burrows (22-10 at 112), Jaron Sampson (24-11 at 119) and Justin Ramsey (32-11 at 125).

Dustyn Nichols (21-18 at 145) is seeded fourth.

Calhoun’s other wrestlers include Seth Jarvis (7-15 at 103), Dustin Carpenter (3-11 at 171), Michael Roberts (15-19 at 189) and Justin Whipkey (10-19 at heavyweight). Calhoun does not have a wrestler at 215.

Eight of Calhoun’s nine seeded wrestlers are ranked in the top eight in the state, including Ashley and Metz who are both ranked number one.

Calhoun has been idle since winning the LKC title – its third straight – two weeks ago.


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