|By Gaylen Duskey|
Calhoun sent eight wrestlers to the West Virginia High School State Wrestling
Tournament in Huntington and on the opening day six won.
The six winners Thursday put the Red Devils in a fourth-place tie with Braxton
County with 22 points. Oak Glen, with 37.5 leads the Class
AA-A field. Williamstown with 26.5 is second and Cameron with 26 is third.
Calhoun’s first day winners included Jaron Sampson (119), Justin Ashley (130),
Andrew Cummings (135), Justin Price (140), Eric Metz (152)
and Paul Goodrich (160). Eddie Burrows (112) and Justin Ramsey (125) both
suffered opening day losses.
Burrows was the first Red Devil to wrestle and the freshman lost to Cameron junior
Tim Cumpston by fall at 158. Cumpston came into the
match as the second-ranked 112-pound wrestler in the state. Burrows’ next match
is against Spenser Holcomb of Oak Hill. Holcomb is 19-9
while Burrows is 25-12. The winner advances to the wrestle back round while the
loser is out of the tournament.
Sampson got Calhoun on the winning track with a 15-3 major decision over
Brandon Smith of Bridgeport. Sampson, now 27-11, will face
Anthony Valles of Weirton Madonna. Valles is 34-4 and the third-ranked wrestler in
the state at 119 pounds.
Ramsey had bad luck in his first-round draw since he had to go up against the
state’s top-ranked 125-pound wrestler, Derek Scarbro of Shady
Spring. Scarbro, now 25-1 pinned Ramsey at the 2:20 mark. Ramsey, now 34-13,
will face Trevor Wolford, 30-16, of Petersburg in the first round
of the wrestle backs. The loser will be out of the tournament.
After that the Red Devils kicked it up a notch as Ashley, the top ranked 130-pound
wrestler in the state, pinned Brandon Antill, 17-15, in: 49.
Ashley, 39-1, will wrestle Daniel Leach, 33-10, of Grafton today. Ashley has already
beaten Leach this season.
Cummings kept the Red Devils rolling with a pin of Jedd Guthrie of Grafton at 1:24.
The victory puts Cummings, 35-5, into another showdown
with St. Marys’ Dustin Bartrug, 39-4, today. The two have faced each other twice
this season with Bartug winning both times.
Price, who scored an 11-2 decision over Andrew Lester of Shady Spring in the first
round will also be going up against an old nemesis that he
has yet to beat. Price will face Braxton’s Jordan Flynt who is 40-0 with Price,
29-12, being the victim twice.
Metz ran his record to 42-0 when he pinned Wirt County’s Dustin Miller, 31-9, at the
3:40 mark. Metz will face Josh Whipkey, 23-12, of
Goodrich, 39-3, pinned Levi Wood, 14-12, of Independence at 2:35. Goodrich will
now face Dylan Hashman, 32-7, of St. Marys. Goodrich has
beaten Hashman in the only match they had this season.