TENNERTON –Tyler Cutright may have hit a major milestone recently getting his 100th career win, but the Buckhannon-Upshur senior says it wasn’t something he was keeping his eyes on.
“While I feel it puts me as one of the higher level of wrestlers at Buckhannon-Upshur, it wasn’t something that I really keep track of,” Cutright said about his wins and losses. “How many wins I achieve really isn’t a goal of mine.”
While the 100th win was an accomplishment for Cutright, it indeed isn’t the true goal of his senior campaign.
What is his main goal?
Without hesitation Cutright answered, “State champion!”
“If I don’t reach that goal, I wouldn’t consider the season a failure, but my main goal is definitely winning a state championship.”
Cutright is a three-time qualifier for the state wrestling tournament, finishing fifth as a sophomore and sixth as a junior.
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.
He is off to a fantastic start to his senior season with an 18-1 record in the 138-pound weight class.
His overall record is 112-44.
His coach said the secret of Cutright’s success is in the time he puts into the sport.
“He has been on the mat every day for the last three months,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jacob Orr. “He has an impeccable work ethic. He pushes himself and helps others push themselves as well. He has a never quit attitude. He is always on the mat trying to get better and learn.”
Cutright is a second-year captain for Orr and the Bucs and it’s easy to see why.
“All the success Tyler has had, he still asks questions,” Orr stated. “You can tell there is a genuine opportunity for growth in him. If you are looking for a leader, they must have that quality. You can’t have a leader that comes in here and knows it all because none of us do. For him to possess that quality at his age is amazing. It’s big for the younger guys to see that even ‘TC’ is still asking questions and trying to get better. It is important that they see that. He is a kid you can lean on to get things rolling whether I say it is time to go or not. He is a fantastic leader. Even as a sophomore, he wasn’t a captain, but he was certainly a huge leader of the team. He really stepped into the role last year and this year as well.”
Orr has no doubt that Cutright can be a state champion.
“Absolutely he can win a state championship,” Orr noted. “There is no doubt in my mind. He has the hunger, the drive and the ability to win it all. When he goes out and wrestles his way, it’s scary because I don’t think there is anybody in the state that can hang with him.”
Cutright is quick to point out that much of his success comes from Orr’s teachings.
“It’s hard to put into words to describe Coach Orr,” Cutright remarked. “He is tough on you when he needs to be. He is a coach when he needs to be a coach and a friend when he needs to be a friend. He has had a lot to do with my success here at Buckhannon-Upshur. He is the only coach I have ever had here.”
If Cutright wins a state championship, he would join Cam Zopp, Joey Mayle, Seth Cutright and Brandon Tenney as the only Buckhannon-Upshur wrestlers to do so.
As captain of the team, Cutright doesn’t want to be the only B-U wrestler on the mat at the state championships in Huntington come the end of February.
“I want to see our entire team make states,” he commented.
Cutright hopes to continue his wrestling career at the collegiate level, for now though, he will keep working to make himself and his teammates better.
“I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling,” Cutright concluded. “All I want to do the rest of the season is dominate.”
With that attitude, is there any doubt that Cutright is a safe bet to be a champion at the end of the season?