Wrestling Buccaneers finish 10th in loaded Brooke Mat Classic

Nathan Allen (bottom) of the Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling Buccaneers takes down his opponent at the Brooke Classic this past weekend. Watching on intently are B-U head coach Jacob Orr and assistant coach Levi Bender. The Bucs placed 10th.

WELLSBURG – The Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling Buccaneers went north again this season to participate in the Brooke Classic this past weekend after visiting the panhandle just a few weeks ago in the Wheeling Park Duals.

The Classic was dominated by out-of-state teams

Brecksville-Broadview Heights from Ohio won the team title with 269.75 points as they won five individual championships.

A pair of Pennsylvania schools – Seneca Valley took second with 191 and Erie Cathedral Prep was third with 187.

Wheeling Park and John Marshall were the top West Virginia schools placing fourth and fifth respectively with 180 and 105 points.

The Bucs placed 10th with 67.5 points.

“The tournament is very tough and  hosts some of the top teams in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jacob Orr. “I thought placing 10th out of 17 teams was a respectable finish for us. We ran into some tough, tough competition up there, probably some of the toughest individual matches we’ve had all year. It was still a cool individual tournament that allows everybody a chance to get some good match time in.”

Julius Hobbs (120 pounds) and Jacob Smithson (160) both finished in third to lead the Bucs as both wrestlers went 4-1.

Hobbs pinned Licking Valley’s Alijah Stevens for his spot while Smithson decisioned Wheeling Park’s Hunter Nixon by a 3-1 score for his third-place finish.

Tyler Cutright (138) and Breagan Pearson (145) both placed sixth.

Cutright dropped a 9-4 decision to Luke Englert of Blue Mountain in the fifth-sixth-place match while Pearson lost a 5-3 decision to Daniel Farrell of Blue Mountain.

Austin McCartney (126) and Todd Cutlip (285) both finished seventh.

McCartney won by a 16-2 major decision over Blue Mountain’s Saul Blankenhorn for his finish and Cutlip pinned Brooke’s Daniel Rawson for his spot.

The rest of the Bucs were Aiden Wilson (106) and Tucker Hurst (132) with 3-2 records and Nathan Allen (152) with a 1-2 mark.

The Bucs will now prepare for the Big 10 Conference Championships which will be held at Lewis County High School this Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s action begins at 4 p.m. while Saturday’s action starts at 10 a.m.

“The Brooke Classic was our last regular-season match,” Orr concluded. “We have some work to do this week to prepare for our post-season tournaments.”


1. Brecksville-Broadview Heights 269.75; 2. Seneca Valley 191; 3. Erie Cathedral Prep 187; 4. Wheeling Park 180; 5. John Marshall 105; 6. St. Clairsville 93; 7. Oak Glen 86; 8. Mars 81.25; 9. Blue Mountain 69.25; 10. Buckhannon-Upshur 67.5; 11. Hampton 67; 12. Mayfield 62.5; 13. Spring Mills 49; 14. Licking Valley 35; 15. Brooke 25; 16. Penn Hills 22.25; 17. Thomas Washington 11.5.


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