Nine Bucs qualify for states at Region I Championship Tournament

Tucker Hurst (138-pound weight classification) pins one of his opponents en route to being crowned a champion at the Region I Championship Tournament. The senior’s dominate performance at regionals secured his fourth appearance at the WVSSAC Wrestling State Championship Tournament. PHOTO SUBMITTED

GLEN DALE — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestling team traveled to Glen Dale last weekend to compete in the Region I Championship hosted by John Marshall High School last Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19. The top four athletes in each weigh classification qualify for, and advance to, the state tournament. 

As a team, Buckhannon-Upshur finished fourth in the Class AAA Region I Championship Tournament. The Bucs collected a regional title from Tucker Hurst (138), while both Liam Garcia (120) and Aidan Wilson (126) finished second. Nathan Cornett (145), and Luke Bohnsack all finished third, while Nathaniel Tyson (106), Ian Cornett (113), Brodie Kennedy (132) and Trevur Randolph (170) all placed fourth. 

Nathaniel Tyson (106) took fourth place at regionals with a 2-2 record, adding 12.5 points to the team total. His four matches at regionals were highlighted by 2 escapes and 2 pins. With his strong outing at regionals, Tyson qualified for states for the first time of in his high school career.

Ian Cornett (113) took fourth place with a 2-2 record, to qualify for states for the first time. Ian recorded 2 takedowns, 6 escapes/reversals and 1 pin to add 10.5 points to the team total. 

Fresh off being crowned Big 10 Conference champion, #5-seeded Liam Garcia (120) took second place in his weight class at the Region I Championship tournament, recording a 2-1 record to go along with 3 takedowns, 3 escapes/reversals, and 1 pin. Garcia’s only loss of the tournament was a three-overtime thriller against #4-seeded Cook (John Marshall) via decision. Garcia qualifies for states for the second straight season and enters the tournament wrestling at his absolute best, coming just a hair away from adding a regional championship to go alongside his conference championship.

#6-ranked Aidan Wilson (126) took second place with a 1-1 record. Wilson recorded 4 takedowns, 4 escapes/reversals, and chipped in 13.5 team points. While Wilson didn’t win the regional championship in his weight class, he accomplished another goal by qualifying for the state tournament for the fourth time. 

Brodee Kennedy (132) took fourth place with a 1-2 record, qualifying for states for the first time in his high school career. Kennedy recorded 2 takedowns, 6 escapes/reversals, and chipped in 7.5 team points through his three matches at regionals. Kennedy lost to McKenzie (University) by decision then rebounded by defeating Garlits (Preston) by decision before losing to McKenzie (University) by decision. 

#1-ranked Tucker Hurst (138) continued his dominant 2021-22 season by cruising to the finals in his weight class. Once he reached the finals, Hurst defeated #4-ranked Lucas (Wheeling Park) by fall to claim the regional championship. With the win, Hurst adds his name to the list of elite Buckhannon-Upshur wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament all four years of his high school career. Through his two matches at regionals, Hurst recorded 6 takedowns, 2 escapes, 1 pin, and added 20 team points to the Bucs’ total. 

Recently crowned Big 10 Conference Champion, Nathan Cornett (145) left the regional tournament with a third place finish with a 2-1 record. Through his three matches at regionals, Cornett recorded 6 takedowns, 2 escapes, 1 pin, and chipped in 12 team points. Cornett started off on a rough note, dropping his match against Taggart (Wheeling Park) before defeating Wycoff (John Marshall) by fall then defeating Turner (Preston) by decision. With his third place finish, Nathan qualified for the state tournament for the second time.

#8-ranked Luke Bohnsack (152) took third place with a 3-1 record. Bohnsack ended the meet with a great moment, avenging his first round loss in the third-place match. In his 4 matches at the regional tournament, Bohnsack recorded 5 takedowns, 6 escapes/reversals, and 1 fall on his way to chipping in 12.5 team points. With a successful performance at regionals, Bohnsack qualified for the state tournament for the third time. 

Trevor Miller-Waycaster (160) finished regionals with an 0-2 record against tough competition. Miller-Waycaster’s regional performance was highlighted by 2 escapes. 

Trevur Randolph (170) laid claim to fourth place, putting together a 2-2 record in the regional championship tournament. Randolph recorded 1 takedown, 2 escapes, and 2 pins while adding 12.5 points to the team total. With a podium finish in Glen Dale, Randolph secured his second trip to states.

Oscar Blonn (182) finished regionals with an 0-2 record. His regional tournament outing was highlighted by 1 takedown and 1 escape.

Jeremiah Thompson (220) took fifth place with a 1-2 record, while chipping in 7.5 team points. Thompson finds himself in a unique position, qualifying for states as an alternate; meaning if another athlete is forced to withdraw due to sickness or injury or some other unforeseen circumstance, he will attend states in their place. Thompson’s regional performance rounded out the regional tournament for the Bucs. 

In total, 9 Bucs punched their ticket to the state wrestling championship tournament. This group of wrestlers will be back in action, March 3 through 5, in Huntington, at states! 

Tucker Hurst (138-pound weight classification) pins one of his opponents en route to being crowned a champion at the Region I Championship Tournament. The senior’s dominate performance at regionals secured his fourth appearance at the WVSSAC Wrestling State Championship Tournament. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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