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Three Golden Bears have title hopes

Oak Glen’s Kyler O’Connor grapples with Point Pleasant’s Braydon Connolly in a 195-pound second round match on Wednesday at the Huntington Civic Center. (Photo by Kim North)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Oak Glen had a trio of wrestlers advance to the championship quarterfinals on Wednesday during the first day of the West Virginia Class AA/A state wrestling tournament at the Huntington Civic Center.

Logan Davis (106 pounds), Clayton Lamb (120) and Kyler O’Connor (195) won their first two matches on Wednesday to advance to today’s championship quarterfinals.

In addition to the 28 semifinal matches, also set to take place at 10 are third-round consolation bouts. Consolation quarterfinals and semifinals will also occur, as will matches for third- and fifth-places. The 14 state finals will begin Session IV at 6:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears are just about where head coach Patrick McGillian thought they would be with a trio still alive for state titles.

“Logan has wrestled well. Both of his matches started off slow, but he held in there and got to where he needed to be and took advantage of it,” McGillian said of his freshman who is now 19-2 after a 3:45 pin and a 5-2 decision.

“Clayton also started off slow. He was down 7-1 before he woke up,” the coach noted. “He stormed back to get the 9-7 win.”

Lamb, who was sixth at the same weight a year ago, is now 19-3 as a junior. He scored a pin just before the final buzzer in his first bout.

“He wrestled a real solid match in the quarters.”

O’Connor is now 21-1 after a 15-3 major decision and a 6-1 decision. He finished third at 182 a season ago.

“Kyler had wrestled that kid before. We knew it would be tight, but if he didn’t make any mistakes, he’d be alright,” McGillian added.

Davis will meet Region 3 champion Dillon Perdue of Independence (4-0) in the semifinals.

Lamb will take on North Marion’s Brody Hess (17-2) in the semfinals. Hess was a third-place finisher at Region 1 tournament. Hess is ranked sixth in the state coaches’ poll.

O’Connor gets Lewis County’s Will Kuhn (26-0) in his semifinal match today. Kuhn is the top-ranked wrestler in the weight class with O’Connor ranked third.

Oak Glen’s Kaden Lundy (126), Braxton Dlugopolski (138) and Dylan Heinrich (170) all won two matches and lost one to remain alive for a podium spot.

Oak Glen’s Ethan Lively (145) and Chase Smith (152) were eliminated.

Oak Glen scored 44 points on the first day and is sixth. Point Pleasant leads with 115.5 points.

Kim North contributed to this story

FIRST DAY RESULTS

106 POUNDS

Logan Davis (Oak Glen) pin Ashton Wasmer (Williamstown), 3:45

Logan Davis (Oak Glen) dec. Zane Minger (Clay Co.), 5-2

120 POUNDS

Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen) pin Noah Allman (Grafton), 6:00

Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen) dec. Dylan Corbin (Herbert Hoover), 7-2

126 POUNDS

Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen) dec. Braxton Leyda (Nitro), 6-4

Bryce Perdue (Independence) dec. Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen), 8-2

Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen) pin Kevin Parsons (Lewis County), 2:32

138 POUNDS

Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen) pin Brody Byrd (Robert C. Byrd), 4:16

Jim Green (Man) dec. Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen), 7-0

Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen) pin Landen Chambers (Shady Spring), 5-0

145 POUNDS

Derek Raike (Point Pleasant) pin Ethan Lively (Oak Glen), 1:20

Bo Roat (Clay Co.) maj. dec. Ethan Lively, 13-4

152 POUNDS

Wyatt Baldwin (Herbert Hoover) dec. Chase Smith (Oak Glen), 11-5

Chase Smith (Oak Glen) pin Chase Lowe (Wirt Co.), 5-0

Michael Kruzel (Fairmont Sr.) dec. Chase Smith (Oak Glen), 3-1

170 POUNDS

Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen) dec. Luke Hughes (Nitro), 6-3

Sam Adams (Independence) dec. Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen), 2-0

Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen) dec. Brennan Boron (St. Marys), 3-1

195 POUNDS

Kyler O’Connor (Oak Glen) maj. dec. Nicholas Barrickman (Elkins), 15-3

Kyler O’Connor (Oak Glen) dec. Braydon Connolly (Point Pleasant), 6-1

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