Pair of Buccaneers finally take to the mat

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Garcia places fifth as state wrestling tournament concludes in Fairmont; B-U finishes 11th overall

FAIRMONT — Nearly three weeks after the state wrestling tournament began in Huntington, three weight classes finally took to the mat Monday and Tuesday at the Fairmont Armory.
A skin issue discovered in one of the Class AAA regional tournaments didn’t allow the 145-, 152- and 170-pound weight classes to compete in Huntington.
A pair of Buckhannon-Upshur wrestlers, Sean Foster (145) and Jack Garcia (152), took part in Monday and Tuesday’s completed-portion of the state tournament.
Garcia, last year’s state runner-up, went 4-2 to place fifth. The senior standout missed most of the season with an injury and his final record was 14-3.
He defeated South Charleston’s Gary Anderson in his opening bout, but dropped to the consolation round after falling to Parkersburg South’s Zane Hinzman by a 3-2 decision.
He earned wins over George Washington’s Brayden Elswick (pin fall) and Greenbrier East’s Jacob Hefner (dec., 7-3) before falling to Parkersburg’s Matt Fox (dec., 10-9).
He secured his fifth-place finish by defeating John Marshall’s Jacob Berisford by an 8-5 decision.
Foster, another senior for first-year coach Jacob Orr, went 1-2 to finish with a 13-20 record.
He lost to Hurricane’s Chase Gibson (dec., 8-3) in his opening match, defeated Spring Mills’ Caleb Tenney (dec., 10-5) and lost to University’s Owen Zeiders (maj. dec., 15-2).
B-U finished with 63 points in the final team standings.
Parkersburg South won the title with 256.50 points, followed by Parkersburg (156.50), University (139), St. Albans (115), Ripley (112), Wheeling Park (103.50), Huntington (86.50), Riverside (75.50), Hampshire (73) and Spring Valley (69) to round out the top 10.
Other Bucs that competed in the Huntington portion of the tourney included Austin McCartney (120 pounds, fifth place), Tyler Cutright (126, fifth), Jacob Smithson (132, sixth), Cam Payne (220, fifth), Christian Boggs (285) and Dallas Summers (138).

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