Hurst takes runner-up honors, 6 Bucs wrestle to top 8 finishes at State Tournament

Tucker Hurst stands on the podium as WVSSAC State Wrestling runner-up. PHOTO SUBMITTED

HUNTINGTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestling team sent 9 qualifying wrestlers to the 2021-22 state wrestling tournament held in Huntington last weekend, Saturday, March 5. The group of 9 state qualifying B-UHS wrestlers, consisting of 4 seniors, 2 juniors, 2 sophomores and a freshman, all recorded top 16 finishes, with 6 of the 9 earning top 8 finishes. As a team, the Bucs ended the trip to the state tournament with 57 total team points. 

Senior Tucker Hurst (138-pound weight division) led the way for Orr’s wrestling Buccaneers as he finished as the state runner-up, compiling a 3-1 record at the state tournament. Hurst defeated Salinas (Martinsburg) by fall in his first match of the state tournament before defeating both #7-ranked Stewart (Cabell-Midland) and #5-ranked Talley (Hurricane) by decision to advance to the 138-pound state championship finals. In his final high school match, Hurst narrowly missed out on a storybook end to his B-UHS wrestling career, barely losing to #3-ranked Lucas (Wheeling Park) via fall. In his 4 matches at the state tournament, Hurst recorded 4 takedowns, 3 escapes/reversals and 1 pin on his way to adding 19 points to the team total. 

Junior Nathan Cornett (145) placed fifth, compiling a 4-2 record. In his 6 matches, Cornett recorded 4 takedowns, 1 reversal and 2 pins, scoring 13 total points for the Bucs. Cornett lost to Wheeler (Parkersburg South) in the opening round by way of a 3-2 decision before rebounding to defeat Wiser (Jefferson) in the second round by way of forfeit. Cornett then bested two straight ranked opponents in #5-ranked Padgett (Princeton) and #7-ranked Kershisnik (Washington) in the third and fourth rounds respectively, both via fall. Cornett lost to #4-ranked Spradling (St. Albans) by way of a 3-1 decision before rebound to win his final match of the season to secure a fifth-place finish, overcoming Wheeler (Parkersburg) via a 3-2 decision.

Sophomore Liam Garcia (120) was the second Buc wrestler to take fifth-place honors, putting together a 3-2 overall record. In his 5 matches at the state tournament, Garcia recorded 2 takedowns, 9 escapes/reversals, 1 pin and chipped in 11.5 team points. Garcia got off to a hot start early in the state tournament, starting off 2-0 by defeating Hartman (Martinsburg) by fall in the opening round and then #7-ranked Roark (Woodrow Wilson) by decision. In the third-round, Garcia lost to #2-ranked Bosely (Parkersburg South) by decision before losing to #1-ranked Herndon (Spring Mills) by fall. Garcia rebounded from two straight losses by defeating #8-ranked Pauley (University) by decision in his final match of the season. Garcia’s performance at states was particularly impressive for a sophomore, which sets him up to enter his junior year next season with serious state championship aspirations. 

Junior Nathaniel Tyson (106) was the fourth Buc to take a top placement at the state tournament, finishing in sixth-place with a 3-3 overall record. Tyson’s trip to Huntington was highlighted by 5 takedowns, 5 escapes and 2 pins, scoring 8.5 team points in the span of his six matches. Tyson lost to #6-ranked Volk (Huntington) by way of a 5-3 decision in the opening round. Garcia responded by winning his next three matches, defeating Earhart (Martinsburg) by fall in the second-round, then beating #5-ranked Inboden (Parkersburg) in a 1-0 decision before finally defeating Salmons (Cabell-Midland) by fall. Tyson went on to drop his last two matches of the tournament, losing to #3 Johnson (Woodrow Wilson) by major decision 12-1 and then losing to #6-ranked Volk- (Huntington) by way of a close 3-2 decision. 

Seniors Aidan Wilson (126) and Luke Bohnsack (152) both ended their high school wrestling careers with top 8 finishes in the 2021-22 state tournament. Wilson compiled a 2-2 record, notching 7 takedowns, 7 escapes/reversals and 1 pin, scoring 3.5 team points. Bohnsack (152) also finished with a 2-2 overall record. His trip to Huntington was as highlighted by 2 takedowns and 2 escapes/reversals, culminating in him adding 1.5 points to the team total over 4 matches. Bohnsack won possibly one of the most exciting matches of the entire tournament when he beat #8-ranked Orndorfr (John Marshall) in a hotly contested double overtime 7-6 decision.

Senior Trevur Randolph (170), sophomore Brodee Kennedy (132) and Freshman Ian Cornett (113) all finished with 0-2 records, wrapping up the results for the state qualifying Buccaneer wrestlers. 

Class AAA Wrestling Top Placers

106, 3. Ben McComas, George Washington; 4. Garrett Johnson, Woodrow Wilson; 5. Nate Volk, Huntington; 6. Nathaniel Tyson, Buckhannon-Upshur.

113, 3. Logan McFarland, Washington; 4. Adam Carman, Wheeling Park; 5. George Cantwell, Parkersburg; 6. Kaden Harding, John Marshall.

120, 3. Landon Herndon, Spring Mills; 4. Jesse Showalter, Parkersburg; 5. Liam Garcia, Buckhannon-Upshur; 6. Carter Pauley, University.

126, 3. Landon Hoffman, Spring Mills; 4. Jesiah Winters, Huntington; 5. Josh Slack, Riverside; 6. Brock Matson, Ripley.

132, 3. Seth Holt, Cabell Midland; 4. Joe Riggs, Huntington; 5. Ryan Martin, Parkersburg South; 6. David Pomeroy, Riverside.

138, 3. Saige Walls, George Washington; 4. Jackson Stewart, 5. Trent Jones, Parkersburg South; 6. Lucas Talley, Hurricane.

145, 3. Brett Haskins, Ripley; 4. Colton Spradling, St. Albans; 5. Nathan Cornett, Buckhannon-Upshur; 6. Kyle Wheeler, Parkersburg South.

152, 3. Dom Parker, University; 4. Quinton Velas, Wheeling Park; 5. Jude Childers, Parkersburg South; 6. Hunter Brown, Ripley.

160, 3. Kade Bradbury, Washington; 4. Dakota Hagedorn, University; 5. Derek Starkey, Bridgeport; 6. Kameron Phillips, Hurricane.

170, 3. Elijah Wellings-Osha, University; 4. Tyler Meisenzhal, Washington; 5. Ben McCardle, John Marshall; 6. Cooper Durst, Ripley.

182, 3. Hezekiah Taylor, University; 4. Vacant; 5. Hunter Nixon, Wheeling Park; 6. Klypsan Wallace, John Marshall.

195, 3. Jay Jones, Woodrow Wilson; 4. Tyler Wise, Brooke; 5. Ayden Morris, Parkersburg South; 6. Parker Bentley, Musselman.

220, 3. Zach Howard, Parkersburg; 4. Jerron Allen, St. Albans; 5. Thomas Mullins, Greenbrier East; 6. Forfeit.

285, 3. Jackson Evans, Woodrow Wilson; 4. Connor McCann, Spring Valley; 5. Dyllan Haseleu, Morgantown; 6. Colton Naylor, Oak Hill.

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