Two Class AAA wrestlers from the Kanawha Valley were crowned state champions on Saturday, the final day of the 66th annual State Tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.
Winfield sophomore Bryce Humphreys claimed the title at 126 pounds, earning an 11-5 decision over Ripley freshman Lucas Simpkins to become the first Generals wrestler to win a state title since 2000.
Humphreys ends the season with a 46-2 record and has an 82-11 career record, which includes a sixth-place finish at 120 pounds in 2012.
"Bryce was very calm," said Winfield Coach Mike Cochran, who just completed his fifth season guiding the Generals. "It was one of his best matches. He's worked hard for this and it's been his goal.
"I don't want to sound cocky, but I was never nervous and he wasn't either. He entered the match calm and took control early."
At 160 pounds, George Washington senior Jake Smith secured a 6-4 decision over Washington senior Dylan Ceravalo to win the title.
A state champion at 145 pounds last season, Smith joined Dave Bock as the only Patriots wrestlers to win multiple titles. Bock won his at 145 pounds in 1966 and 138 pounds in 1965, when the event was just one division.
Smith also became just the 12th wrestler in Kanawha Valley history to win at least two titles.