By Gaylen Duskey SPORTS EDITOR|
Fourth … with one state champion. That was Calhoun’s lot in the West Virginia
High School Class AA-A State Tournament held this
weekend in Huntington.
Led by tournament Outstanding Wrestler Justin Ashley the Red Devils had 102
points to narrowly edge Shady Spring by 5.5 points for fourth
place. Oak Glen won the state title with 229 points. Cameron was second with
147.5 while Williamstown was third with 129.5.
Ashley pinned David Haws of Bridgeport at 5:05 of the championship match to
raise his record to 42-1. He is a three-time state champion. He
has a career record of 129-2. He was 43-1 as a sophomore, 44-0 as a junior and
42-1 as a senior. He did not wrestle his freshman year because of
Calhoun had three wrestlers in the finals, but Ashley was the only one to walk
away with a state title.
Andrew Cummings finished second at 135 when he dropped a 3-2 decision to
Brennon Chambers of Oak Glen. Cummings finished the season
with a 37-6 record.
Calhoun senior Eric Metz suffered his first loss of the season in the championship
match when Oak Glen’s Rhett Northcraft scored a 5-3
victory. Metz finished the season with a 44-1 record.
Calhoun got a fourth-place from Paul Goodrich at 160 pounds. Goodrich advanced
to the consolation finals before losing to Matt Mason of
Berkeley Springs 7-5. Goodrich finished the season with a 41-5 record.
Jaron Sampson was sixth for the Red Devils and finished his season with a 29-14
record at 119 pounds.
Three other Red Devils advanced to the state tournament including Eddie
Burrows (112), Justin Ramsey (125) and Justin price (140). They did
not place in the top six.