Prep wrestling: Three Kanawha Valley wrestlers advance to championship
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three wrestlers from the Kanawha Valley will compete for individual state titles on Saturday, the third and final day of the 66th annual State Tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.
In Class AAA, Winfield sophomore Bryce Humphreys will go after the championship at 126 pounds, while George Washington senior Jake Smith looks to win the title at 160 pounds.
Herbert Hoover junior Zane Weese seeks the crown at 220 pounds in Class AA/A.
Huntington enters the final day with 152.50 points to lead Class AAA, with Parkersburg (136.50) in second, Ripley (115.50) in third, Parkersburg South (102.00) in fourth and Washington (88.50) in fifth.
In Class AA/A, Greenbrier East leads with 115.50, followed by Independence (95.50) in second, East Fairmont (94.50) in third, Wirt County (74.00) in fourth and North Marion (73.00) in fifth.
On Friday, Humphreys claimed a 17-1 technical fall decision over University junior Isaiah Hood in the quarterfinals, then won a 6-4 decision over GW junior Jensen Lorea in the semifinals.
Humphreys, who placed sixth at 120 pounds last season, is looking to become the first Generals wrestler since 2000 to win an individual crown. He will meet Ripley freshman Lucas Simpkins in the final.
Smith scored a 10-0 decision over Musselman junior Danny Arndt in the quarterfinals and a 3-1 decision over Parkersburg South senior Briar Shiveley in the semifinals.
Smith, who earned a state championship at 145 pounds last season, is looking to become just the second GW wrestler to win multiple titles and only the 12th in Kanawha Valley history to accomplish that feat. He will face Washington senior Dylan Ceravalo for the crown.
Weese pinned Ritchie County sophomore Josh Hart 1:30 into the match in their quarterfinal meeting. In the semifinals, Weese secured a 1-0 decision against Bluefield senior Julius Thomas. Weese will face Berkeley Springs senior Matt Parkinson seeking his first title after placing fifth at 195 pounds last season and being a qualifier at 171 pounds in 2011.
Other wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket include George Washington freshman Sam Moore (106 pounds) and junior Jensen Lorea (126), Winfield seniors Isaac Reed (145) and Zach Richardson (182) and Nitro sophomore David Smith (285) in Class AAA and Buffalo senior Ryan White (220) and Hoover senior Richard Woods (285) in Class AA/A.