PARKERSBURG — Last weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, the Buckhannon-Upshur youth wrestling team sent 9 competitors up North to Parkersburg to take part in the West Virginia Junior Wrestling Championships.
The youth Buccaneers Head Coach Scott Baron guided the team to a great weekend of wrestling, with 7 of the 9 participating wrestlers earning top placements in their respective weight classes and age divisions.
Leading the way, individually for the youth Buccaneer wrestlers, was the trio of Briar Foster, Hunter Rohr and Hakeem Curlee. The trio all collected third-place finishes, sharing the spot for the team’s highest placement last weekend in Parkersburg.
Brenson Baron took fourth-place in the 4-and-under, 35-pound weight classification. Despite his tender age, Baron already boasts a solid set of wrestling fundamentals that will set him up for future success.
Kaden Edwards wrestled to a fourth-place finish in the 10-and-under, 80-pound weight classification. Under Baron and his coaching staff, Edwards has put together a solid season on the mat, overcoming his inexperience through sheer hard work and desire. As he continues to get more reps as a wrestler, Edwards has the potential and physicality to compete at a high level.
Both Hunter Cowger and Dane Lauer took sixth-place finishes to round out a solid showing at W. Va. Junior Wrestling Championships. Baron and his assistant coaching staff, comprised of DJ Barberio, Andy Travis, Donavan Vance, George Lavis, Josh Lauer and Jessica Everson, have all been hands on in working to develop this group of young athletes. The coaches, alongside the team’s support staff, made-up of Neal Phillips, Kim Rohr, Brittney Baron, Danielle Kontak and April Sears seem to have done an exceptional job in doing all they can to spark a burning, fiery passion for the sport of wrestling within these young athletes. With as hard as these young wrestlers work and compete, their efforts certainly seem to have paid dividends, as their team of youth wrestlers continue to grow and succeed.
The future of wrestling in Upshur County is in good hands with this group and with a hands-on, experienced, energetic coaching staff at the head of the wrestling program. The Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School wrestling team will be fed wrestlers, who are farther along in their development than ever before.