SUMMERSVILLE — The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach J.P. Tenney, has put together a strong 2021-22 campaign. As the wrestling season begins to near its end, the intensity and magnitude of individual matches increases. The four Little Buccaneer wrestlers that represented coach Tenney and Upshur County in the Region III State Qualifying tournament last Saturday, February 13 certainly saved their best for last, with each earning a bid to the WVYWA State Championship tournament which will be held in Charleston, the weekend of February 26 and 27.
The four wrestlers that punched their ticket to the WVYWA State Championship tournament are well-deserving, with each growing by leaps and bounds as wrestler’s this year under Tenney’s watchful eye. At the Region III Qualifying tournament, Jeremy Jett took third-place in the 90-pound weight classification. While small in stature, Jett makes up for it in the size of his competitive streak, seemingly never letting his opponent outwork him for position. Tucker Mason wrestled his way to a third-place finish in the 105-pound weight division. Mason has consistently been one of the Little Bucs top performers this season, collecting wins in one of the state’s deepest weight classifications for his age group. Hunter Cowger just barely missed out on a top-3 finish, ending regionals with a fourth-place finish. With this performance, Cowger earned his way to states after a very strong season for the team.
Finally, Kaidin Wagner was the final Little Buc wrestler to qualify for the WVYWA State Championship tournament after wrestling his way to a sixth-place finish at regionals. As the season progressed, Wagner proved himself to be a hard-nosed, blue collar athlete. With Wagner the talent and physical tools are evident and it would seem that he has begun to put it all together, which promises to make him a tough competitor for whoever he is matched-up against during the opening rounds of the state championship tournament.