Five B-U wrestlers qualify for state tourney

Hobbs, Cutright and Smithson win regional titles

WELLSBURG — Five Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestlers earned spots in the upcoming state tournament at Saturday’s Class AAA, Region 1 Championships held at Brooke High School.

The Bucs of head coach Jacob Orr placed sixth at regionals with 110 points. They had three wrestlers capture titles, one runner-up, one third-place finisher, one fifth and one sixth.

Wheeling Park racked up 210 points to take top team honors, followed by University (191.50), John Marshall (169), Preston (133.50), Brooke (123), B-U and Morgantown (78).

Freshman Julius Hobbs, junior Tyler Cutright and sophomore Jacob Smithson won regional crowns for B-U.

Hobbs, wrestling at 113, improved to 29-12 with his 2-0 effort at regionals.

He pinned Morgantown’s Cam Lawrence in his opening match and earned a pin fall over Preston’s Bryson Wilkins in the title bout.

Cutright, who qualified for his third straight state meet, pinned Preston’s Hunter Bishop then earned a 3-2 decision over Wheeling Park’s Stevie Mitchell at 138.

Cutright is now 38-5 on the season.

At 145, Smithson (37-6) earned a pin fall over Brooke’s Max Camilletti and pinned Wheeling Park’s Andrew Shelek to earn the crown and advance to his second state tournament.

Earning runner-up for the Bucs was Austin McCartney (22-8) at 126.

The junior, who earned his third straight trip to states, defeated Wheeling Park’s Canon Welker by pin fall before falling to University’s Jacob Simpson by a 5-1 decision in the title bout.

The other B-U state qualifer was Breagan Pearson (15-22), who went 2-1 at 120 in placing third.

The freshman defeated John Marshall’s Dakota Bonds in his opening match and edged Preston’s Bailey Radabaugh, 5-4, in the consolation finals.

Placing fifth for the Bucs was senior Khalil Jackson (195), while sophomore Riley Lantz was sixth at 170.

The state tournament is scheduled to take place Feb. 22-24 at Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Region 1 Championship results:

Team scores

Wheeling Park ­— 210

University — 191.50

John Marshall — 169

Preston — 133.50

Brooke — 123

Buckhannon-Upshur — 110

Morgantown — 78

B-U placers

Julius Hobbs (113) — first

Breagan Pearson (120) — third

Austin McCartney (126) — second

Tyler Cutright (138) — first

Jacob Smithson (145) — first

Riley Lantz (170) — sixth

Khalil Jackson (195) — fifth

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