Vance claims championship, five youth wrestlers place at WVYWA State Tournament

Jedidiah Vance stands at the top of the podium following a victory for 4 and under. PHOTO SUBMITTED

CHARLESTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur youth wrestling team, under the guidance of head coach Scott Baron and assistant coaches DJ Barberio, Andy Travis, Donavan Vance, George Lavis, Josh Lauer and Jessica Everson traveled to Charleston to compete in the WVYWA State Championship tournament held in Charleston, hosted at the Charleston Civic Center last Sunday, February 27. 

The team is coming off an excellent performance in the Region III State Qualifying meet two weeks prior, in which six wrestlers won their respective weight classifications. At the end of the Region III State Qualifying tournament, 14 of the 15 competing Bucs for the WVYWA State Championships. 

Young Jedidiah Vance led the way for the B-U youth wrestling team in Charleston, securing the 4-U 50-pound weight division WV State Championship. Coming off a flawless performance in the Region III State Qualifying tournament, Vance was ready to make a run at a state title. Wrestling at his absolute best of late, Vance set himself apart from his competition, wrestling to an undefeated record on his way to accomplishing his dream of claiming a state title. 

Hunter Rohr finished second place in the 12-U 100-pound weight division. Rohr tore through the field on his way to the championship match, where he was ultimately edged out. Rohr’s future in wrestling is bright, as he continues to climb through the ranks of W. Va. wrestling; he will be a force in the Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling scene for the foreseeable future.

Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School wrestler, Jeremy Jett took fourth-place in the 90-pound weight division. Jett has had a solid 2021-22 campaign, consistently competing at a high-level in meets this year. While he narrowly missed out on a top-three finish, Jett still put together a solid outing at the WVYWA State Championship tournament, adding to his collection of top finishes this year. 

Promising youngster, Brenson Baron finished the WVYWA State Championship Tournament with a fifth-place finish in the 4-U 35-pound weight division. Baron has quickly developed into a young wrestler that many should keep an eye on. As he continues to learn the sport and work on his fundamentals, Baron will continue to grow by leaps and bounds on the mat. 

Waylon Barberio finished the tournament with a fifth-place finish in the 6-U 55-pound weight division. After compiling an impressive 42-8 record this season, Barberio competed hard in Charleston. After a strong 2021-22 wrestling season, Barberio will enter next season with a ton of positive momentum and the county can expect big things from him in the future.

Kadeen Edwards’ sixth-place finish in the 10-U 80-pound weight division wrapped up the top placing Buccaneer youth wrestlers. After compiling a 35-13 record, including a team-high 32 pins this season, Edwards accomplished a lot for a fairly new, inexperienced wrestler. With Edwards, the talent, mentality, and physicality are there; it will just take hard work, dedication, time, and repetition for Edwards to reach his goal of becoming a state champion. 

Baron reflected on his team’s performance on the WVYWA State Championship tournament. “This weekend was intense and emotional. I’m proud of our team this season. We pushed hard and accomplished a lot. For some this weekend didn’t go in their favor. Doesn’t mean our wrestlers aren’t good, it just wasn’t their tournament/match. That’s the story with wrestling. We will take many lessons from this weekend. By using this experience as a teaching moment, it allows us to see where we need to be for next year. Overall, I am very proud of our team and super proud of our state qualifiers. It’s a major accomplishment making it to States. Even if they didn’t place, they worked hard this season. I want them to keep their heads held high,” said Baron.

When asked what he expects next season with so many wrestling poised to return for another run at states, Baron offered the following, “For our state placers, awesome job. Hard work and dedication paid off. Our journey will continue through summer and into next season. We will continue to grow and develop. I think that they all can make it to the very top.”

The B-U youth wrestling team has two more tournaments before they wrap up to 2021-22 season. The wrestlers have come a long way under coach Baron and his staff. This young team of wrestlers will continue to apply the blue-collar values instilled in them by this coaching staff and the community, to represent Upshur County with pride.

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