TENNERTON —Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestling team welcomed some of the state’s top teams to Tennerton as the Bucs played host to Hurricane, Roane and #10-ranked John Marshall for a quad meet Saturday, January 29.
As a team, the Bucs competed hard, finishing the home quad with a 2-1 record, improving their overall mark in dual meets this season to 17-9. To open up the meet, the Bucs overcame a tough challenge from Hurricane 45-33, then went on to dominate Roane County 54-14 and fought hard but came up short against #10 John Marshall by a score of 53-18.
Four Buccaneers ended the night with undefeated records against high-level competition. Recent champion of the Frank Ferguson Brooke Classic, #3-ranked Tucker Hurst, led the way, extending his winning streak to an impressive 8-0 in the last 3 meets, including a 3-0 record Saturday. During the quad, Hurst recorded 9 takedowns to go along with 1 pin and 3 escapes on his way to scoring 13 team points. Hurst won, possibly the quad’s most anticipated match, when he upset down #1-ranked Talley from Hurricane. The huge upset win was just the start of another big night for Hurst, as he went on to beat Carpenter from Roane by fall and Ward from John Marshall via decision.
#6-ranked Aidan Wilson (126) imposed his will Saturday, finishing as the second Buc to post an undefeated 3-0 record. In his 3 matches, Wilson recorded 4 takedowns, 3 pins, and 3 escapes. Wilson led by example, pacing the Bucs by adding 18 points to the team’s total, his contributions played was a crucial factor in the team’s overall success. Wilson won by fall over Poland from Hurricane, Richards from Roane, and Adkins from John Marshall.
Nathan Cornett (145) was a takedown machine Saturday night, bullying his opponents in route to compiling an undefeated 3-0 record in the home quad. Cornett added an impressive 17 points to the team’s tally, second most of any Buc wrestler on the evening. Cornett stayed aggressive, pushing the issue in his matches with his barrage of aggressive takedowns being complemented by 2 pins, 1 escape. Cornett won by fall over both Beach from Hurricane and Watson from Roane before winning by technical fall against Wycoff from John Marshall.
Luke Bohnsack (152) was the fourth Buccaneer to record an undefeated 3-0 record at home. Bohnsack had a strong night, highlighted by 3 takedowns, 2 pins, and 3 escapes. Bohnsack chipped in 15 team points to end the night as the Bucs third leading scorer. Backsack won by fall over both Miller from Hurricane and Greathouse from Roane before upsetting #7-ranked Orndorff from John Marshall.
Nathaniel Tyson (106) finished 2-1 on the evening. Tyson’s performance was highlighted by 2 takedowns, 2 pins, and 1 escape. In total, Tyson put up 12 team points, proving to be a gritty competitor. Tyson defeated both Adkins from Hurricane and Holbert from Roane by fall, before losing to #7-ranked Ward from John Marshall by fall.
Ian Cornett (113) finished 1-2. Despite his record, Cornett wrestled his heart out, recording 1 takedown and 4 escapes, chipping in 6 total team points during the quad. Cornett lost by decision to Beck from Hurricane, won by forfeit against Roane, and loss by technical fall to Harding from John Marshall.
#8-ranked Liam Garcia (113) finished the quad with a 2-1 record, recording 2 takedowns, 2 pins, and 1 escape and adding 12 team points. Garcia is continuing to trend in the right direction as the season wears on, boasting a 8-2 record over the team’s last three meets. Saturday night, Garcia won by fall over both Suhll from Hurricane and Peña from Roane before losing via decision to Cook from John Marshall.
Brodee Kennedy (132) wrestled to a 1-2, making his opponent’s work hard to overcome him. Kennedy chipped in 6 points to the team’s total, scoring on 2 takedowns, 1 pin, and a team-high 6 escapes. Kennedy won by fall over Slayton from Hurricane in his first match of the evening before losing a high-competitive match with May from Roane via decision. In his last match of the quad, Kennedy faced #3-ranked Cochran from John Marshall, losing by fall.
Trevor Miller-Waycaster (160) ended the night with a 0-3 record against some tough competitors, losing to both #6 Phillips from Hurricane and LeMasters from John Marshall by fall, and Watson from Roane via decision. Miller-Waycaster didn’t let a rough start impact his competitive spirit going froward, not showing any signs of quit despite a rough start, notching a takedown and recording 4 escapes.
Oscar Blonn (182) finished the meet with a 2-1 record, highlighted by 2 takedowns and 2 pins. Blonn posted wins by fall over Rainey from Hurricane and Elmore from Roane before dropping a match to #3 Wallace from John Marshall.
Jeremiah Thompson (195) ended the night with a 1-2. His performance allowed him to chip in 6 team points, largely due to him recording 5 escapes on the evening. Thompson lost to Ellis from Hurricane by fall in his first match before winning by forfeit against Roane. Thompson lost his last match to Baldo from John Marshall via decision.
Several junior varsity wrestlers were able to compete Saturday night. Leading the way for the JV Buccaneer wrestlers was Daniel Hedrick (132) who finished the evening 2-1 with 2 takedowns and 1 pin. Colton Wendling (132) ended the meet with an even 1-1 record, recording 2 takedowns and 1 pin. Andrew McDowell (138) went 1-1, recording one takedown and 1 pin. Landon Zirkle (145) went 2-1, recording 1 takedown and 2 pins. Finally Evan McDowell (145) finished 1-1 to round out the JV Bucs that reach the win column for head coach Jacob Orr. Both Eli Hawkinberry (152) and Caden Barger (182) saw some action on the mat, but both came up short, finishing 0-2 and 0-1, respectively.