TENNERTON — After three grueling weeks of pre-season preparation, the Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestling team opened their 2021-22 season at home by hosting a dual meet with the Lewis County Minutemen. The meet, referred to as the “Big Brother Dual” was the first of only two home meets scheduled for the Bucs all season.
Head Coach Jacob Orr had high hopes for his team entering the season and for the most part, they lived up to his lofty expectations in the dual. The Bucs’ wrestlers won a majority of their matches in what proved to be a strong overall team showing to start their season off on a positive note.
The Bucs’ line-up against Lewis County consisted of junior Nathaniel Tyson (106 pounds), freshman Ian Cornett (113), sophomore Liam Garcia (120), senior Aidan Wilson (126), freshman Colton Wendling (132), sophomore Brodee Kennedy (138), junior Nathan Cornett (145), senior Tucker Hurst (152), senior Luke Bohnsack (160), Trevor Miller-Waycaster (170), sophomore Oscar Blonn (195) and freshman JT Thompson (220). The Bucs had two weight classes that they couldn’t fill—the 182 pound and heavyweight divisions.
Alex Bennett, the team’s returning state tournament qualifying heavyweight, was held out of the opener as he continues to get back into form following the aggravation of a pre-existing injury during football season.
The Bucs’ wrestling team will see their next action when they travel to the Washington Elite Opener this weekend.