Skidmore (31-9) finished runner-up at 285 pounds to Ripley senior Daryl Hicks, a state runner-up in 2012. The GW heavyweight will open the event against Hedgesville junior Anthony Carter (29-28), who finished third in Region 2.
"Jack's a good athlete and has been coming on as the season went on," the GW coach said. "He's getting better all the time."
If Skidmore advances, he could potentially face Region 4 champion and Nitro sophomore David Smith (18-4) in the second round, setting up a meeting between a pair of Kanawha County wrestlers.
"You're at this point in time in the season where the goal is become a state champion," Harper said. "These guys will have three days of preparation this week and the quest for that state title starts Thursday. Every match will be a test."
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THE KANAWHA VALLEY will have 34 wrestlers competing in the State Tournament.
Leading the way with five qualifiers each are Capital, George Washington and Winfield in Class AAA and Herbert Hoover in Class AA/A.
Hurricane has four qualifiers, followed by Riverside and Nitro with three apiece. Buffalo had two earn a berth, while Sissonville and South Charleston each qualified one.
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HERBERT HOOVER junior Zane Weese is making his third State Tournament appearance after finishing fifth at 195 pounds in 2012 and was a qualifier at 171 pounds in 2011.
Weese (45-0), who won Region 4 at 220 pounds, opens the tournament against Region 3 third-place finisher and Independence junior Jacob Shrewsbury (30-18).
Other qualifiers for the Huskies include 113-pound senior Camren Duncan (25-6), 120-pound senior Justin Duncan (40-6), 182-pound senior Brady Dye (24-8) and 285-pound senior Richard Woods (46-2).
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