INWOOD – Despite having to forfeit five weight classes, the Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling Buccaneers still posted a 4-4 record in the two-day Musselman Duals last Friday and Saturday at Musselman High School.
“We forfeited five weight classes this weekend due to guys being sick and being out for other reasons which caused us to begin each dual meet with a 30-point deficit to the other team,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jacob Orr. I am proud though of our guys as they wrestled hard all weekend.”
The Bucs four wins were over Clarke County (Va.) (51-12), Moorefield (42-27), Berkley Springs (33-15) and Walt Whiteman (Md.) (37-30).
The Buccaneers lost to Eastern View (Va.) (51-17), Hampshire (442-34), Bethesda Chevy Chase (Md.) (57-16) and Hedgesville (46-36).
Senior captain Tyler Cutright went an impressive 8-0 in the 138-pound weight class to lead the Bucs with six pins and two major decisions.
“Tyler absolutely dominated the competition,” Orr said. “He was wrestling on an entirely different level.”
Julius Hobbs went 7-1 over the two days in the 126-pound division.
“Julius wrestled hard all weekend,” Orr noted.
Aidan Wilson (106 pounds), Austin McCartney (132) and Jacob Smithson (160) all went 6-2.
“Aidan had four pins,” Orr remarked. “One of his losses came when I bumped him up to the next weight class to compete. Austin had a great weekend back on the mat after missing our last two competitions and it was great to see him go back to work as he is one of senior leaders. Jacob had a solid weekend too. One of his losses came to the No. 1 wrestler at Class AA-A at 170-pound weight class. I bumped him up for the competition. I like finding these tough matches for my guys. That is the only way we will get better.”
Trevor Randolph (120) and Breagan Pearson (145)also checked in with winning marks at 5-3.
“All five of Trevor’s wins were by pin in his first high school tournament,” Orr stated. “He is coming off of a broken ankle and this was the first mat time he has seen all year. Breagan also had a solid weekend for us.”
Rounding out the B-U line was Dominic Tenney (182) going 3-5 and Nathan Allen recording a 1-7 mark.
“Dominic got a taste of what his hard work has earned him and that was getting his hand raised a couple of times this weekend,” Orr remarked. “Nathan continues to battle and get better every time out.”
The Bucs are now 10-9 in dual meets.
Buckhannon-Upshur will be idle until competing in the two-day Wheeling Park Duals on Dec. 28-29.