HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Mason County sent 16 wrestlers to the state tournament, and nine of them have advanced on to podium finishes over the first two days of competition.
Only one, however, will be going for the gold on Day 3.
Point Pleasant sophomore Tannor Hill will be the lone hope for a Mason County championship Saturday night during the final round of the 2014 WVSSAC Wrestling Championships being held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County.
Mason County had six undefeated grapplers headed into Friday night’s semifinals, but Hill was the only one to advance to the finals after scoring an 11-0 major decision over R.J. Wilson of Washington. Hill — who owns a 3-0 record through Friday night — will face Ryan Carson of Lewis County in the Class AAA 195-pound championship Saturday evening.
The Big Blacks, after two days, are sixth overall in the Class AAA tournament with 76.5 team points. Huntington leads the Class AAA field with 156 points, followed by Parkersburg (134) and Parkersburg South (98). Wheeling Park (94) and George Washington (88.5) round out the top five spots.
Guy Fisher (126), John Raike (132) and Jon Peterson (182) all made it to the semifinals, but Fisher and Peterson each dropped a one-point decision while Raike lost a two-point decision on Friday night. The trio owns a personal record of 2-1 apiece headed into Saturday.
PPHS also has a pair of grapplers making some noise in the consolation bracket, as Kinneson Leslie and Jacob Duncan have battled their way into at least a top-six finish. Leslie is 3-1 overall in the 106-pound bracket, while Duncan is also 3-1 in the 220 weight class.
Hunter White (160) and Grant Safford (170) had their respective seasons come to an end after posting matching 2-2 marks, while Austin Rutter finished 1-2 overall in the 152-pound weight class. Scotty Wilcox (113), Austin Wamsley (120) and Dakota Swann (138) each went winless in two matches at the state level for PPHS.
The White Falcons, after two days, are tied for 15th overall with Grafton in the Class AA-A tournament with 39 team points. Independence leads the small school field with 153 points, followed by Greenbrier West (110) and North Marion (79). Fairmont Senior, Oak Glen and Calhoun are all tied for fourth with 77.5 points.
Jacob Bennett (126) and Kane Roush (170) each made it to the semifinals, but both were eliminated from title contention Friday night. Bennett suffered a pinfall loss while Roush dropped a 4-3 decision. Both grapplers have secured podium spots and own matching 2-1 marks headed into Saturday.
Randale Robie has made some noise in the consolation bracket, as the senior battled his way on to the podium after posting a 3-1 record through two days of competition. Demetrius Serevicz (195) had his season end with a 2-2 mark at the state level.
The consolation matches will begin at 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning, while the championships for both Class AA-A and Class AAA will start at 6 p.m. Saturday night.
Complete results of the 65th annual WVSSAC Wrestling Championships are available on the web at wvmat.com