Oak Glen sends eight to state
From Staff Reports
FAIRMONT, W.Va.–The Oak Glen wrestling team put up a robust showing at the Class AA/A Region 1 wrestling tournament Saturday at Fairmont Armory.
Highlighted by three regional champions, the Golden Bears advanced a total of eight wrestlers to the West Virginia state tournament set for Feb. 27-29 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.
Peyton Hall (152), Jonathan Creese (145) and Kyler O’Connor (182) each captured regional championships in their respective weight classes.
On top of that, Oak Glen also took home the team regional title with a total of 212 points, just ahead of runner-up Fairmont Senior with 210 1/2. East Fairmont was a distant third with 149 points.
Hall, a three-time state champion, steamrolled his way through the 152-pound bracket with three pins. The West Virginia recruit mad short work of Ritchie County’s Kayden Procacina in the championship finals with a pin at the 0:47 mark.
Creese had a harder path to the 145-pound title, as he outlasted Frankfort’s Noah Kiszka 2-1 in overtime of the championship finals.
O’Connor picked up a pair of pins on the way to the finals, where he dominated Ritchie County’s Kaleb Kovacs with a 16-6 major decision.
The top four finishers in each weight class earned a trip to state.
The Golden Bears got a runner-up finish from Clayton Lamb at 120 pounds. Lamb pinned Magnolia’s Jason Beisel in the semifinals, before being pinned himself by Fairmont Seniors Kolbie Hamilton in the finals.
Both Camden Barr (106) and Kaden Lundy (126) took home third place finishes.
Barr edged Petersburg’s Ethan Vanmeter with a 2-0 decision in the third-place match. Lundy took down Cameron’s Payton Neely with a 10-4 decision in his third-place match.
Camden O’Connor (138) and Caiden Adams (195) rounded out the state qualifiers for the Golden Bears with a pair of fourth place finishes.
O’Connor landed a spot in the third-place match with an 8-2 overtime victory over East Fairmont’s Chance Rundle. He then fell to North Marion’s Hunter Kuhn 10-3.
Adams wrestled his way into the third-place match with a pin over East Fairmont’s Logan McElfresh before falling 4-0 to Magnolia’s James Stillwagoner.
Also for Oak Glen, Dylan Heinrich (170), Chase Smith (160) and Braxton Dlugopolski (113) finished fifth. Ethan Lively (132) was sixth.