TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling stand-out Tyler Cutright says he will continue his wrestling career at Davis & Elkins College.
Cutright made the announcement Monday afternoon at a ceremonial signing at the Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling facility.
Cutright said it has been a dream of his to wrestle at the collegiate level since his first year as a Buccaneer at the high school level after being paired up with teammate Brandon Tenney.
“My freshman year, I was partnered with Brandon who went on to wrestle collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit,” said Cutright. “Then my coaches just kept pushing me to work hard and told me that I had the ability to compete at the collegiate level.”
Cutright is a four-time qualifier for the state wrestling tournament, finishing fifth as a sophomore, sixth as a junior and fourth as a senior.
As a freshman, he compiled a 22-20 record while going winless at states with a 0-2 mark.
He continued to improve each season going 32-12 his sophomore year and 4-2 at states and 40-11 his junior year while picking up a pair of wins at states.
This past season as a senior, he wrestled in the 138-pound division and compiled a 47-9 record with 26 pins.
He won a Big 10 Conference Championship while going 4-2 at states.
He ended his Buccaneer career with a 141-52 record.
Signing with Davis & Elkins will keep Cutright close to home as well.
“It allows my family to support me better being so close or if I simply need help with something I know they are nearby,” Cutright stated.
Cutright will join a brand new Senator wrestling team that will compete for the first time competitively at the NCAA Division II level this upcoming year and Cutright is looking forward to help build the program.
“I think it is awesome to help start their program,” noted Cutright. “In 20 or 30 years, it will be neat to go back and see my name as a member of their inaugural team. I loved the campus immediately and I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and team.”
Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jacob Orr has no doubt that Cutright will be successful on the mat for the Senators.
“It is an amazing moment to see one of our wrestlers continue his career at the next level,” remarked Orr. “It shows Tyler’s passion for the sport. It’s a whole different level of training and competition but it’s something I think he is ready for. Even though he had a tremendous amount of success for us at this level, I don’t think he has peaked as a wrestler. He has so much more potential and ability that we will see at the collegiate level. I think he will have a very successful college career.”
The humble Cutright closed out the ceremony thanking his teammates and coaches.
“I really want to thank all my coaches and teammates for helping me get to this level,” concluded Cutright.