The Fayetteville Pirate high school wrestling squad started the 2017-18 season with a third-place team finish in the Richwood Duals earlier in December.
Competing against eight other teams, including powerhouse schools such as Braxton County and Webster County, the Pirates enjoyed a solid day.
“This is a great team of wrestlers, and it is a great way to start off the season,” said head coach Wayne Yonkelowitz. “We only had three weight classes that we didn’t have a wrestler in. This helps so much when you don’t have to forfeit points in weight classes.
"In all my years here, this is a first.”
“If we can stay healthy, we could do well this season,” he added.
Wrestlers competing were:
• Senior Trent Pullens, who posted a 4-1 record;
• Junior Kris Wilson, 5-0;
• Junior Sammy Pullens, 4-1;
• Sophomore Willie Spearen, 3-2;
• Sophomore Kody Nancarrow, 2-3;
• Sophomore Jordan Pollastrini, 0-3;
• Sophomore Jack Ellis, 3-2,
• Freshman Eli Sedlock, 4-1,
• Freshman Case Bryant, 0-5,
• Freshman Devon Dean, 1-3; and
• Freshman Eli Selvey, 4-1.
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Oak Hill High School wrestlers competed in the Greenbrier Duals at Greenbrier East High School on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Two Red Devil grapplers finished the day with unblemished 5-0 records.
According to head coach David Vincent, Zach Barber logged wins over a regional competitor from PikeView via pin and a 10-0 victory over a Class AAA conference foe from Greenbrier East. Ashby West also accumulated falls over regional competitors from Shady Spring and PikeView.
Christian Lively enjoyed a solid start to his senior season with a 4-1 showing during his first competitive appearance. Lively had four pins on the day against conference and regional opponents. His lone loss occured against an out-of-state opponent via a "last-second call that could have gone either way," Vincent said. "He needs matches like this to prepare him for February. He has a feel for the sport that is exciting to watch. Christian is a competitor who does not like to lose."
Moses Truman and Seth Martin both went 3-2 on the day for the Devils. "Moses is more composed than he has been in the past; he has been wrestling more fundamentally, resulting in a more solid performance," Vincent said. "Moses looked like a different wrestler as opposed to two weeks ago against a regional competitor."
Martin's and Truman's losses were to out-of-state and Class AAA foes.
Also for Oak Hill, Scott Wilshire acquired two pins over the weekend, and Evan Shumaker and Julian Cooper each had one pin.
"Our wrestlers did well this Saturday," said Vincent. "I like how our kids go after it, but we do have some things to fine tune.
"Basics and fundamentals will win us some matches and place us at tournaments. I am seeing our wrestlers performing more and more fundamentally. I am looking forward to seeing their successes throughout the year."
The squad's next competition will be the West Virginia Army National Guard Duals Tournament in memory of Lee Parlier, to be hosted by Oak Hill High School in Summersville on Friday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 6.
If any business or individual would like to display a 2x3 sign ($150) at the tournament or secure a listing in the program ($35), they can contact Vincent at 304-590-7288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Collins Middle School finished up its recent tournament at Woodrow Wilson with six wrestlers posting winning records, including two with 5-0 marks.
"We have a break for the next two weeks and hope to have all the bugs worked out before we go into the Riverside Duals on Jan. 6," said coach Braden Evans.