WHEELING – The Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling team went north last weekend to compete in the massive Wheeling Park Duals at the WesBanco Arena.
The Bucs placed 15th overall with a 5-3 record.
The Duals featured 36 teams as they were broken down into six pools of six teams at the start of the tournament.
The Bucs’ pool featured Avon Lake (Ohio), Preston, East Fairmont, Wheeling Park and George Washington.
They went 3-2 which put them in third place in pool play.
They beat Avon Lake (41-36), Preston (54-21) and George Washington (45-33) while falling to East Fairmont (42-39) and Wheeling Park (49-21).
Wheeling Park won the pool with a 5-0 record while East Fairmont was second with a 4-1 mark.
Both East Fairmont and Wheeling Park are ranked in the top four in their respective classes.
Advancing to the next round, the Bucs were put into a different pool.
They went 2-1 beating Edgewood (Ohio) (39-32), Buckeye Local (Ohio) (48-36) but lost to Oak Glenn (51-21).
Individually, Julius Hobbs had an excellent two days in Wheeling, wrestling in the 120-pound division going a perfect 8-0 with six pins.
“Julius wrestled like a mad man all weekend,” said head coach Jacob Orr. “He battled his way through the weekend with an unblemished record and pinned six of his opponents.”
Tyler Cutright (138) and Jake Smithson (160) continued their successful seasons as both wrestlers went 7-1.
Cutright had four pins and one technical fall while Smithson had seven pins.
“Tyler’s one loss came to Oak Glen’s nationally-ranked Peyton Hall,” Orr explained. “Jake wrestled very aggressively all weekend.”
Two other Bucs finished with winning records, Trevor Randolph (113) and Alex Bennett (195).
Both wrestlers recorded three pins over the weekend.
Five Bucs finished with even marks – Aiden Wilson (106) went 4-4 with two pins, Tucker Hurst (132) finished 4-4 with three pins, Breagan Pearson (145) compiled a 4-4 record with one pin, Todd Cutlip (285) went 4-4 with two pins and Austin McCartney (126) went 3-3 with one pin.
“All those guys wrestled hard all weekend,” Orr stated. “One of Austin’s losses came when he re-injured a previous injury and the match was stopped. That knocked him out of the rest of the tournament. Todd was finally able to get on the mat this weekend. Go to 4-4 in his first tournament of the year was really impressive.”
Rounding out the B-U line-up were Nathan Allen (152) and Dominic Tenney (182) both going 1-7.
“Both guys continue to improve and get better every time they step on the mat,” Orr commented.
Steubenville (Ohio) turned in a perfect 7-0 record and took down Carrollton 41-30 in the finals to repeat as Wheeling Park Dual Champions.
“I am very proud of how the team wrestled over the weekend,” concluded Orr. “It was a long two days but they competed very well and wrestled with pride, dignity and a no-quit attitude.”
The Bucs were slated to have their senior day activities in their only home meet of the year Thursday night.
They will return to the mat Friday at 6 p.m. in a quad at Kingwood with Preston, Brooke and University.