Cabell, and All-State lineman for the Highlanders football team, was wrestling his first match of the season after Huntington's run to the Class AAA football state championship game. He said there was still some rust to shake off but was happy to come away with both the team and individual wins.
"There was a lot (of rust) at first," Cabell said. "Everyday you've got to get better. Coming off football, even (playing) both sides, you still have got to condition for wrestling."
Grass opened the competition with a major decision win against Big Reds' freshman Jared Donahue.
Parkersburg sophomore Austin Spears, who lost to Grass in the state semifinals at 106 pounds last season, pinned Highlanders freshman Will Jeffers. Huntington followed that with wins from Allen (by technical fall) at 120 and Jonathan Spence (last year's state runner-up at 120) at 126.
One of the handful of Highlanders making their season debut after being part of the football team - senior Paden Christian - had his night cut short by injury. Christian came up grabbing his left shoulder early in a match against Parkersburg's Trapper Hayes and was forced to forfeit because of the injury.
The match of the night was at 182 pounds between Huntington junior Stefan Gibbs and Parkersburg junior Drew Murphy. After a back and forth first period, Murphy appeared to pin Gibbs as time expired in the second round, however the buzzer sounded prior to the referee's hand hitting the mat. Gibbs stormed back on points in the third period, but a point in the final seconds gave Murphy a 12-11 win by decision.
"It was the first real test for us," Archer said. "Anytime you wrestle a team from Parkersburg it's going to be a good dual and that certainly was."
Way agreed and said getting to see where his team stood against some of the best wrestlers in West Virginia, win or lose, was something he took away from Thursday's dual.
"You always want to wrestle the best teams in the state and Huntington is always one of the best teams," he said. "It's good to wrestle them early in the season because it does give your guys a gauge of where they're at early in the season against some of the best kids in the state."
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