SPORTSWRITER DUSKEY RECOMMENDS LOCAL WRESTLER FOR HONORS

(03/04/2004)

Sportswriter Gaylen Duskey has suggested Justin Ashley for the Dutton Award at the Parkersburg News-Sentinel.

Duskey writes "I have covered a lot of wrestling in my 35 years of newspaper work and I have to rate him as one of the top wrestlers I have seen. How good? So good he would be good in Ohio."

"He finished his career at Calhoun High School with a record of 129-2 and three state titles. His losses, honestly, were both upsets."

Duskey says he was 43-1 and state champion at 112 pounds as a sophomore; 44-0 and state champion at 125 pounds as a junior; and 43-1 and state champion at 130 pounds as a senior. He was injured and did not wrestle as a freshman.

"I know there are many excellent wrestlers in the state -- many right there in Wood County -- but none is better than Ashley." Duskey also said "If you want, I can send my pitch for Marcus Davis to be all-state again, but I think that is probably a lead pipe cinch."


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