He is the younger brother of Danny Suite, a state champion at 119 pounds in 2011, who became the school's first champion since Jay Carper at 132 pounds in 1987.
"Alex is in a tough weight class, 132 pounds is loaded this year," Hamrick said. "But he's picking up momentum heading into the State Tournament.
"He knows as long as he has one state title he'll always be Danny's younger brother, but when he gets the second he will just be Danny's brother. His high school career is coming to a close and he's doing anything he can to get back on the podium."
The Panthers return three others with State Tournament experience - senior Mitchell Schoolcraft and juniors Ricky Ahart and Tyler Stewart.
Schoolcraft is ranked No. 8 at 138 pounds with a 38-11 record. He was a qualifier at 132 pounds last season and at 135 pounds in 2011 and 2010.
Ahart is ranked No. 8 at 152 pounds with a 27-6 record and qualified at 138 pounds last year and finished third at 140 pounds in 2011.
Stewart is No. 3 at 160 pounds with a 36-4 record and finished fifth at 160 pounds last season.
Other top wrestlers include junior Jack Cummings and freshmen Zach Ahart and Brandon White. Cummings is ranked No. 5 at 106 pounds with a 28-8 mark, while the younger Ahart has a 23-10 record and is No. 6 at 120 pounds and White is No. 8 at 170 pounds with a 32-9 record.
"We've never won the region title," Hamrick said. "This week, we'll focus on wrestling and try to peak at the right time."
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THE EVENT will feature five wrestlers ranked at the top of the 14 weight classes, with Wirt County boasting two - senior Jon Cain at 120 pounds and junior Jake Linville at 138 pounds.
The other top-ranked wrestlers include Williamstown junior Dalton George at 126 pounds, Wahama junior Kane Roush at 160 pounds and Herbert Hoover senior Richard Woods at 285 pounds.
Contact sportswriter Jay Fankhauser at jay.f...@daliymail.com or 304-348-4871.