TENNERTON – For the second straight month, a Buckhannon-Upshur wrestler recorded his 100th win of the season.
Last month it was senior Tyler Cutright, this month it was junior Jacob Smithson.
And just like Cutright, while the 100 wins was a nice accomplishment for Smith, he has his eyes on a bigger prize.
“One hundred wins is a nice achievement but it doesn’t mean anything to my overall goal and that is to win a state championship,” Smithson said. “That has been my goal every year.”
Smithson’s 100th win came at the hands of regional opponent Max Camilette from Brooke as he won the bout on a 5-1 decision in a recent quad meet at Preston High School.
To back up his claim of having bigger goals than 100 wins, he stated he didn’t even know he achieved the mark until his parents told him after the meet.
“I had no idea until my parents told me,” he explained.
Smithson has been winning on the mat since he started his high school career.
As a freshman, he was the Region I champion, finished sixth at the state tournament and posted a 30-12 record.
As a sophomore, he reached 40 wins going 41-8, he claimed another Region 1 Championship and placed higher at the state tournament, landing fourth.
This current season, he is 30-3 (prior to the Winner’s Choice Tournament this past weekend).
His overall record is 101-23.
Smithson said he is happy to join Cutright on the B-U wrestling team as 100-win grapplers.
“We started together so it’s been a lot of fun being a teammate of Tyler’s,” Smithson said. “We have been through a lot together on the mat. We push each other in the weight room and the mat so it’s great to join him in the 100-win club.”
Smithson started wrestling as a sixth-grader at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
He also is a member of the B-U lacrosse team.
Smithson gives a lot of credit to his head coach, Jacob Orr, for his success.
“He means so much,” Smithson said. “It is exciting and interesting to have him as a head coach. We can joke around and have fun with him, but we know when it’s time to get serious on the mat.”
“His 100 wins are just a testament to the hard work he puts in,” remarked Orr. “You don’t get 100 wins without some drive and spending a lot of time on the mat perfecting your craft. He is a quiet kid that comes in here and does what he is told and does extra without being told. It has been fun to see his progression because he is such a quiet competitor. It’s nice to see students with that type of dedication be successful. A 100 wins isn’t an easy task in a difficult sport. It takes time and commitment to get there.”
While Orr is pleased to see two wrestlers get to 100 wins, he has always stated that it’s not always about the wins and losses in wrestling.
“It’s great for them,” Orr explained. “But I as a coach set out to put them on the mat and let them take care of business. I think that is starting to show true. I think it’s important for people in the community to see that because it allows them to see the dedication these wrestlers put into a sport that not many want to do anymore. This isn’t an easy sport to do. It’s hard, and that is what makes seeing Jacob and Tyler succeed.”
Smithson and his Bucs will be back in action Tuesday at South Harrison.
The meet will start at 6 p.m.