Wrestling Buccaneers have strong start to 2018-19 campaign

Breagan Pearson (top) of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers wraps up an opponent at the Mike Ellis Invitational at Hurricane High School on Saturday. Pearson went a perfect 5-0 in the 145-pound weight class.

WESTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling team opened their 2018-19 campaign last week with a dual meet against Lewis County on Thursday and then competed in the 13th annual Mike Ellis Invitational at Hurricane High School on Saturday.

The Buccaneers won their outing against Lewis County by a 54-18 score with only three weight classes being contested for.

The Bucs won two of the three matches as Austin McCartney won by pin in the 132-weight class and freshman Alex Bennett recorded his first high school win by pin fall in the 220-pound class.

Senior and first-year wrestler Nick Kittle dropped his match in the 285-pound division.

The Bucs went 3-2 at Hurricane.

They beat Clay County (36-35), Ritchie County (48-28) and Big 10 Conference opponent Lincoln (39-30).

They dropped the closest of matches to St. Albans (35-33) and lost an outing to Winfield (48-36).

Buckhannon-Upshur had five wrestlers go a perfect 5-0 on the day.

Going 5-0 were freshman Aidan Wilson at 106 pounds, sophomore Julius Hobbs at 126, senior Tyler Cutright at 138, sophomore Breagan Pearson at 145 and junior Jake Smithson at 160.

“All five had a great day,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jacob Orr. “Breagan was an absolute hammer recording four first period pins and one early second period pin.”

Freshmen Tucker Hurst (132) and Bennett (220) both went 3-2 during the tournament.

“One of Tucker’s losses came by the hands of a returning state champion,” Orr stated. “He battled hard on the mat only giving up a technical fall.”

The other Bucs in the line-up were sophomore Nathan Allen (152) going 1-4, freshman Dominic Tenney (182) going 0-4 and Kittle finishing 0-5 at 285.

“Nathan is a first-year wrestler and battled hard in every match and Nick is also a first-year wrestler who showed a lot of heart.”

The Bucs, 4-2 overall, will return to the mat this Saturday at John Marshall.


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