By Steve Keenan
OAK HILL —
Oak Hill High wrestler Marc Williams reached a milestone last week.
During the Oak Hill Quad Wednesday at the Lilly Center, Williams — wrestling in the 132-pound class — nabbed his 100th career victory, according to coach Alan Fell. Teammate Chris Shumaker is one behind at 99.
In the overall team competition, Capital posted wins over Oak Hill, Bluefield and Richwood, with the victory over the Red Devils being a narrow 33-30 verdict.
“I thought we were going to pull it out,” Fell said of the Capital encounter.
Team scores were as follows:
— Oak Hill 44, Bluefield 40
— Oak Hill 50, Richwood 18
— Capital 33, Oak Hill 30
— Bluefield 54, Richwood 16
— Capital 36, Richwood 22
— Capital 39, Bluefield 35.
Fell says the current campaign has been one of ups and downs for his squad. “It’s just been one of those years,” he said, referring to a multitude of illnesses and injuries taking their toll. For example, the Red Devils were missing at least five wrestlers Wednesday. “I’ve been bitten real bad by the injury bug.”
“We’ve got a good crew this year,” Fell added. “We’ve got a pretty young team.
“We’re junior- and sophomore-heavy.”
Karli Louisos, the first female to participate for Oak Hill in a while, is the lone senior.
Williams, who placed fifth in the Class AA-A 113-pound state event a year ago, had posted a 26-1 record prior to the quadrangular match. Among the other top performers so far have been: Shumaker, a 145-pounder with a 26-3 mark; Cody Gillespie, who was 28-6 at 106; Seth Keith, who was 21-7 at 182; and Zach McCarthy, who was 29-4 at 113.
As of early last week, the Red Devils were 17-6 in duals.
Oak Hill will participate in the Bob Stover Classic at Clay on Jan. 26. The Coalfield Conference championship will be Feb. 1 and 2 at Greenbrier West. Another home outing will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 6 against Wyoming East and Richwood.
Midland Trail coach Charlie Pritt says his team is “doing extremely well” this season.
Among the team leaders are state-ranked 182-pounder Ethan Barker and 120-pounder Devon Steele.
The Patriots will compete in the Bob Stover Classic in Clay on Jan. 26. Later down the road, they will compete in the Coalfield Conference tournament and the Region 3 championships. “Like always, our region is pretty well stacked,” Pritt said, referring to foes such as state-ranked Greeenbrier West and Independence.
Several local grapplers were in the top 10 in the most recent www.wvmat.com individual polls. They were as follows:
132 — Marc Williams, Oak Hill, 4th
113 — Bailey Bowles, Fayetteville, 9th
138 — Cameron Underwood, Fayetteville, 6th
182 — Tanner Bolt, Fayetteville, 5th; and
182 — Ethan Barker, Midland Trail, 7th.
For more on the local wrestling scene, see Thursday’s issue.