Bozek shatters school record at state tourney
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Oak Glen senior Robert Bozek wrote his name into the Oak Glen wrestling record book as he earned his school record 149th career win on Thursday at the West Virginia state wrestling tournament at Big Sandy Super Store Arena.
Bozek, a two-time state champion, pinned Liberty Harrison’s Bryce Stearns in 45 seconds to break current assistant coach Jessie Mahan’s mark of 148 in the 138-pound Class AA/A opening round match.
Bozek (39-8) will take on Independence’s Nathan McClaugherty (31-11) in today’s championship quarterfinals which are set to get underway at 11:30 a.m.
Oak Glen senior Ty Logston got things started off for the Golden Bears with a pin of Buffalo’s Timmy Williams in 3:45 in the 106-pound division. Logston (40-9) will face Nicholas County’s Levi Brake (36-3) in today’s championship quarterfinal.
Sophomore Shawn Moore won his 113-pound opener with a 3-2 overtime decision over Shady Spring’s Seth Buckland. Moore (38-11) will take on Point Pleasant’s George Smith (41-7) in today’s championship quarterfinal.
Freshman Peyton Hall got to work with a pin of Liberty Harrison’s Devin Barnes in 1:02 to win his 120-pound opener. Hall (40-3) will meet Independence’s Sean Dawson (30-11) in the championship quarterfinal.
Stevie Cool, a senior at 170 pounds, scored a 92-second pin win over Mingo Central’s Corey Smith in his opener. Cool (38-7) will meet Independence’s Adam Daniels (36-9) in today’s championship quarterfinals.
Oak Glen junior Wyatt Strum was the only Bear to taste defeat on Thursday as he dropped a 6-0 decision to Bridgeport’s Cooper Hineman.
The entire start to the tournament was delayed 70 minutes because of skin issue arising from Class AAA, Region 4. Reportedly there was a meeting with coaches from that region before the tournament started. Organizers came to the conclusion that Class AAA’s 145, 152 and 170-pound divisions would be delayed at least 18 days as a precautionary measure.