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May 29, 2003
From: big throw
comments: hope to see a lot of wrestlers at University High School on June 7th for the state Freestyle tourney. Most spring sports are over with so some of you HS kids need to get off your lazy butts and do some wrestling. Its about time this state gets some recognition for our good wrestlers. This is the time to do it.

May 29, 2003
From: wrestler leaving for college
comments: I was just thinking, and I have a great idea for the editor. I was thinking that it would be great to find out what wrestlers are going to what colleges, even if they aren't wrestling. I would be interested in knowing if any West Virginia wrestlers were going to the same school as I am, that way I could possibly meet up with them. You could start a link on this website of all of the wrestlers who send in their information and have listed what schools they are attending and possibly their email adresses so that they can be reached. I think it would be interesting to hang out with other wrestlers from across the state whom I would otherwise not have the oppertunity to meet. I believe that this would also help the world of wrestling grow as we could persaude more people into the wrestling world. If you are going to follow up on this idea my name is Matt Wharton and I will be attending Fairmont State College. If anyone else would like to know more leave a post and I will get back to you. Also let me know what you think of my idea.
Editor's note: Good luck in your college studies. It is true that, particularly during the season, this forum gets pretty cluttered up, but such info could be passed along here. Also, the email directory on this website is rather huge, and admittedly much may be out of date. Who knows what we will come up with next season.....

May 29, 2003
From: A Coach
comments: Those that say Baseball is not that demanding have never tried to hit an 80-90 MPH fastball, catch a double-header, pitch 7 innings without giving up 5 hits (and striking out 11 while walking only 2), chased down fly balls over your head and firing missle throws to the plate or second, or post a hit in the gap and have enough conditioning to turn it into a triple. Or maybe they just weren't that good at it. Every sport has its own and nobody should ever put down another for the sake of their favorite. However when you put it into context and remember that it is only a game, and it might be one that you love, and that you only go through high school once, you should play whenever and whatever sport you want. Never sacrifice your love for say maybe baseball, for that of another sport. I love wrestling just as much as the next person. My days are gone by. But to those up and coming, don't box yourself into some stereotyped regiment of particular sports and/or t! raining for the sake of another sport. You'll never get these years back, and the regret will live with you forever. God Bless all student athletes!

May 29, 2003
From: D. Stanley
comments: Justin Stanley former state champ for Cabell Midland and Junior College All-American for Lassen College in California has signed to wrestle for the University of Indianapolis. Justin will likely wrestle at 133 for U. of Indy which is a top 10 Div II program.

May 29, 2003
comments: Hey Blane Mayle...good luck at WVU (I still think you're one hell of a football player). You're a great kid!

May 29, 2003
From: little boy blue
comments: Hey everybody some very cool people are trying to start a real pro wrestling league, that has real wrestlers, real rules, and really cool action. But in order to do this we have to market it and tell people how cool are sport is. to find out more go to realprowresting.com

May 29, 2003
From: dtowner
email: stucker@blazenet.net
comments: Pa. dad who's Wrestler will be attending WV Mountaineer's camp (Zeke Jones) and am curious what your comments are about the camp and if anyone in the 160 pound weight class will be going to the intensive camp?

May 29, 2003
From: Brandon Hinkle
email: bhinkle@mtrgaming.com

comments: If your looking for a summer tourny we welcome you to Mountaineer on June 21st. Here is a link or you can go to the WV Mat youth open link to get one.

http://www.wrestlingreport.com/PWC/mountaineer.doc

We will also hold a camp the week prior to the competition. For info on the camp contact B. Hinkle @ 304-387-8185. It will be a weekend youth, middle & high school wrestlers can gain a huge amount of information not only for wrestling but training in general with such events as Powerlifting (ESPN broadcast), Bodybuilding and Strongman competitions.

Special guests will include Robin Cole of the Steeler Dynasty, Ed Coan and Phil Phister (World Champ Strongman out of Charleston WV). There will also be many booth vendors in the nutritional market with protiens and vitamin info.

May 23, 2003
From: Midland Guy
comments: chris gibbs from cabell midland sign to wrestle for west liberty on friday 5-23-03.......good luck chris!!!

May 23, 2003
email: bishop158@yahoo.com
comments: If you have wrestled justin bishop the 215 pound from herbert hoover this season and either won or lost it doesnt matter and you have it on video tape will you please contact me via email i will supply tape or meet half way to receive tape.. thank you

May 23, 2003
From: watched-m-all
comments: I believe the wrestler who had the best states this year was Casey Hughes. He was rarely picked to finish in the top five, and had lost twice this year to Tracewell. His upset of Tracewell coupled with Bosley not getting to the finals had to have surprised most followers. However, Casey had one title in his pocket from 2001. He had the only in-season win over Leach (last year's champion in his class)before getting his knee injured in the OVACs. He made it back to the semis with the injury, but defaulted after losing by a point or two. Being only a junior, Casey would have been a pretty good bet to be a new 4-timer. I doubt many will forget him next year.

May 21, 2003
From: WV FAN
comments: Good Job to team West Virginia! Tearin up baby!

May 21, 2003
From: Ex-Huskie Wrestler
comments: I think one of the best state tournaments, even though he did not place, was from Hoover freshman cody mollohan. He wrestled like i've never seen him wrestle before, beating snuffer from indy and having a real close match w/ ellis from wahama. He only missed placing by one match

May 18, 2003
From: C Easter
comments: Giving up all other sports to wrestle is a very poor choice for any young athlete. Choosing complimentary sports that enhance a year long training cycle is much more productive. If wrestling is your primary sport and you are a 140# or lighter wrestler think about running with the Cross-Country team and lifting in the fall. This will help maintain your weight and increase endurance and strength. Proper diet at this time will bring your weight within 10# or so of an ideal wrestling weight for you. A weekly or bi-weekly wrestling drill practice with your favorite partner is good for this time of year. (champions often come in pairs) Above 140 play football, lift all season, try to avoid gaining 20# of fat that you have to work off in the early part of wrestling season.
Wrestle and focus on wrestling during the season. Minimize destractions. Lift. Run. School work. Eat. Rest.

Post season become a member of the track team. If your not the best strive to beat your personsl best time or distance. Wrestle with your open club at least twice a week. Lift.

Schools out, hang out at the pool. Girls will like your totally athletic build because you have been lifting, running and eating right for almost nine months now. Swimming is also a great cross training workout.

Attend a quality wrestling camp at the beginning of summer and work out with your drill partner bi-weekly on the new things that you are learning.

Get a summer job, but don't get to serious about working yet.You only have four years to be a high school athlete and a lifetime in the workforce.

Back for another camp. Workout and learn, try a couple of summer or preseason tournaments.

August comes and it is time to start your fall sport. Repeat the cycle changing the things that didn't seem to fit your personal needs.

Other sports are great but how does baseball,tennis,basketball,golf,soccer help you become a better wrestler? Remember wrestling is your primary sport. If baseball is your sport of choice then you need a very diffrent type of cycle. Its not nearly as demanding so golf, soccer and basketball would be good complimentary sports.

May 16, 2003
From: Coach Maisel
comments: The State Freestyle Tournament is coming up very soon! It will be Saturday, June 7th at University High Shcool! There is an important change to the tournament: Wrestlers can now weight in on Friday night (June 6th)if they choose, between 5 - 6 PM only! We are allowing this for two reasons: 1. The SAT exam is being given Saturday morning and some wrestlers are taking it and 2. To accomodate some wrestlers who are coming long distances and will be staying in Morgantown on Friday night. Please attempt to pre-register for this tournament. See the front page of this website for entry form.

May 16, 2003
From: the AAA predictor
comments: i'm not sure about a specific diet for a weightlifter, but i know that enough food must be eaten to maintain your current weight, and the main "power source" for weightlifters is protein. i would suggest plenty of lean meat (chicken, fish, poultry) beans, nuts, and grains. also, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit just to keep yourself healthy. i, personally, dont discourage supplements if you are a serious competitor. just be aware that any supplement, that increases strength dramatically, comes with negative side effects. if the supplement has no negative effects it is too good to be true.

May 16, 2003
comments: The charleston civic center would be a nice place for the state tournament but i doubt it will leave huntington anytime soon...too many memories and tradition

May 16, 2003
From: Coach Miller
email: emiller@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
comments: Anyone interested in wrestling in a post season folk tourney at Harrisonburg HS in Virginia on May 24, please e-mail me and I will send you information.
emiller@harrisonburg.k12.va.us
Coach Miller

May 15, 2003
From: Pirate_Mann to the anonymous poster
comments: During the wrestling off-season there is not a whole lot going on to discuss. So if the discussion of who had the best state tournament is, as you put it, "BS" what do you suggest we talk about?


May 15, 2003
comments: To: WV FAN
Reynolds was tied for 30th place among just seniors. The wrestlers listed are ranked among the best in the country from all classes freshmen through seniors combined.

May 15, 2003
From: Department of Reliable Sources

The prices for the state tournament tickets are set by the WVSSAC and are the same or less than other states in the nation.

There are only a few places in tha state hat can host the state tournament. Huntington is the only place to bid over the last 5 or six years.

Editor's note: Allow me to add that I had heard that Wheeling was going to make a bid for the state tournament. I have not heard anything definite about that.

Allow me to further add that this past year, for a number of reasons, I didn't get a room as usual in the Raddison. I Stayed a little farther out in a motel. Much to my surprise, parking near the Civic Center was NO PROBLEM. I found that I could drive in from my motel some distance away and find plenty of parking across the street from the Civic Center in the parking garage. And they weren't even charging to park in the garage! I just don't know of many places in the state with adequate numbers of hotels/motels and such adequate parking.


May 12, 2003
comments: I think EVERY STATE CHAMPION had the best state tournament. This discussion is BS through and through so drop it.

May 12, 2003
comments: could someone give me an example of a good weight lifter's diet for the off-season

May 12, 2003
From: comments
comments: Does anyone know what codie gustine is doing. Is he still wrestling. What colledge is he going to next year?

May 12, 2003
From: WV FAN
comments: question? I thought that steve reynolds also ranked in the usa wrestling magazine too? Does anyone know? I think he wrestled for jefferson at 135#.

May 12, 2003
From: title IX
comments: Doc, could you explain TITLE IX in country boy terms so I can understand it. Thanks.
Editor's note: Probably not. I'm not that good with words. We do have the TITLE IX page on this website, which is pretty much a standard feature of a wrestling website.

Basically, any school which receives federal funds (which includes all public K-12 schools and virtually all colleges and universities) is prohibited from discriminating against anyone on the basis of gender. This has come to be interpreted that schools must provide equal numbers of athletic opportunities for both male and female students, or at least proportional to the male/female enrollment at the school.

When WVU recently cut several non-revenue sports, the mens's sports took a heavy hit. Some may allege that the women's sports were protected from cuts because, if they had cut women's sports, the result would have been a further increase in the number of male vs female athlete opportunities at that school. The women on the "cut" team could have filed a TITLE IX suit, and probably would have won.

On balance TITLE IX has been a good thing for women's sports. We probably would not have any women's sports in our schools were it not for TITLE IX. However, some are of the opinion that it is a good thing taken too far....

May 12, 2003
Why is the state wrestling tournament always in Huntinton? Aren't there anyother facilities throughout the state that could handle this event? Also why do they charge so much money to get in? We are hard working West Viginias, not millnaires.

May 12, 2003
From: Pirate_Mann
comments: Of state champions, I think Derek Scarbro had an exceptional tournament, as did Jamie Moore. Scarbro seemed to dominate his weight class after having close matches ealier in the year from people like Mills and T.McCoy who didn't place. Jaime Moore was not predicted (to my knowledge) to win the title in one poll all year. It must have certainly looked bleak after failing to win his region. But he solidly defeated Craddock (13-1 then pin) Beat Smith in Double overtime (avenging a loss from last year) won over Lauderman 5-0 and pulled off an exciting upset in the finals 3-2 over Burge after being taken down within the first 30 seconds of the match. Certainly people like Shane Smith and Pete Hashman had good tournaments as well but they were at the top of their weight classes all year. I doubt it really surprised that many people when they won (not to diminish their accomplishments). Billings was also a good choice but someone already said him.

May 12, 2003
From: Shane Eakle
comments: Slick, I agree 100% with you comments and the kids did do a great job I agree. I know that almost all of these kids have over a 3.0 if not pushing a 4.0 gpa we will stay on them about it but they are working hard in the classroom. I thought you would like to know hope all is well.

May 9, 2003
From: David Satterfield
email: tsatterf@access.k12.wv.us
comments: I would like everyone to know about the extension for the upcoming Rough Neck Wrestling Camp.

The new deadline for registration will be June 3rd. The camp will feature Jake Percival from Ohio University. The camp dates are June 14-16th at Ravenswood. Contact Coach David Satterfield for more information 927-2128.

May 9, 2003
comments: When is the freestyle tournament in Nitro? Are they still going to hold it?

May 9, 2003
From: MattFann
comments: I think Billings from Ravenswood had the best state. Was considered #3 all year Beat #1 and #2. One was last years state champ, the other beat Billings twice this year. Come state time Billings did excellent in winning.And showed great poise after winning

May 9, 2003
From: Robert Hickman
comments: To all the East Fairmont kids who wrestled in the T of C in Ohio. Great Job!!! Other adults are watching, pulling for you. Don't forget to put at least as much effort in school as you do into wrestling, you'll never be sorry.

May 9, 2003
comments: Just a reminder - the West Virginia State Freestyle Tournament at University High School in Morgantown is less than one month away (Saturday, June 7th)! Remember, you must wrestle in this tournament and place in the top three to qualify for Nationals (only Cadet and Junior divisions qualify)! See the entry form on this web-site for more information. Please try and pre-register! It will make things a lot quicker when you come in to weigh in. Also, the entry fee for wrestlers that are pre-registered is $15 and walk ins are $20!

May 9, 2003
From: JUSTTHEFACTS
comments: I believe that the Smith-Rader score was 9-0. However, remember that Rader was giving up 10-15 pounds and is still just begining to master the basics of Freestyle wrestling. Also, Andy Thomas of the Cougars would have a difficult time making the varsity PHS team as he is still in the seventh grade. This should be good news to the rest of the state as he would have most likely placed in AAA this year.

May 9, 2003
From: Wrestling Staff
email: allenwrestling17@aol.com
comments: Allentown Sportsfest Amateur Wrestling Tournament Sat. July 12th, 2003
Entry Form: http://www.sportsfest.org/PDF/WrstlngRegFRm03.pdf

May 9, 2003
From: Fanatic
comments: Congratulations to Ritchie County junior wrestler John Roberts (7-8, 65#) on his recent victory at the Tournament of Champions. John had an opening round 18-7 decision and then pinned his way through to the champoinship. John also won this years state title at South Parkersburg and the Northern states at Lewis County. Keep up the good work! Congratulations to all of the Ritchie County wrestlers. They have a good nucleus of talent and will be a force in the years to come.

May 9, 2003
comments: Don't know the score of Rader/Smith, but it couldn't have been too good a size match up. Rader wrestled 19 this year, Mitch wrestled 40. Also for best tournament at states I've got to say Judd Billings from Ravenswood had an outstanding tournament in upsetting the top 2 ranked wrestlers in state en route to his title. My other pick is Casey Hughes from Cameron. Ranked 5th all year but proved he was underrated by taking home the tournament in dramatic fashion.

May 9, 2003
comments: Mitch Smith beat Brandon Rader 9-0.In Rader's defense though this is his first year wrestling freestyle and Smith has more experience. Also the matches that were fun to watch was the exhibition match between the Rader brothers- Brandon and Steve and the Greco match between Parkersburg Coach Owens and Mitch Smith.

May 9, 2003
comments: The score between smith/radar was smith (9) radar (0).plus this is radar's firt time wrestling freestyle and mitch has been wrrestling freestyle forever and is very good i believe he is better in freestyle then in folkstyle casue he just has the style for freestyle.

May 9, 2003
comments: PHS will still be good next year.......they did lose 5 people i think but keep in mind they return hayes,shyver,rader,litton,thomas,and dearman....dont know who all the backups are...if andy thomas is a freshman im sure he would start because hes really good to

May 9, 2003
comments: yeah i agree that mitch's match against gustines was one heck of a match, thought gustines shoulda got 3rd though...rader,grogg,and thomas really didnt have any tough competition thats why i said they had it easy. Porter from south had an amzaing tournament, i agree with you, i never expected him to get to the finals.

May 9, 2003
comments: MC i think PHS is gonna win it again next year and yeah Thomas from cougars would start for PHS varsity, but he won't cause he is only in the 7th grade.

May 7, 2003
From: C.G.
comments: to the person who was talking about the kids who had really great state tournaments, i have no disagreements there, but to say mitch smith had an easy tournament is crazy! you must not have seen his semi-final match against codie gustines. codie controlled the match and had the lead til there was 20 seconds left in the match, he then gave up a reversal and went on to lose in double o.t. i'd love to know how thats an easy.

May 7, 2003
comments: Nobody has it easy at the High School State Tournament. Some are just able to make it look easier than it is. Thanks for a great website. Can't wait 'till wrestling season!

May 7, 2003
comments: Congratulations to the WV wrestlers ranked in the final USA Wrestling Magazine's All-Class rankings.
Mitch Smith 6th at 145
Matt Easter 7th at 130
Kyle Turnbull 13th at 112
Shane Grogg 21st at 125
Anthony Easter 25th at 103
Lou Thomas 26th at 215
Brandon Rader tied for 30th at 119

May 7, 2003
comments: Who made the Flightime freestyle team that was chosen at Musselman? Where and when will they be wrestling? WV has needeed representation at some of these state dual meets. It is great to see it happening.

May 7, 2003
From: WVUstud
comments: I believe that quitting other sports to focus on one wrestling stupid. For example, 2 Oak Glen graduates, Derrick Stickles(3X state champ) and Ronnie Hebrock(2X state champ) were unbelievable in wrestling but both went on to play football at West Liberty. Thats just a prime example of being multi-dimentional in sports.

May 7, 2003
From: Patriot Jr Club
comments: To Eagle Fan , Wade Schalles wont be back to our summer camp at Parkersburg South. Plans are not complete for a summer camp as of now. We will post our camp as soon as possible!!

May 7, 2003
comments: Parkersburg Souths Chad Porter had the best High School State Tournament . He wasnt mentioned all year in the coaches polls. I think at the end of the year he was ranked 8th????? Not sure on that one. Finished second beating higher ranked kids in the quarter finals and the semi finals. Wrestled a good match against 2 time State Champion Brandon Rader which i consider the best wrestler in the State . Branden is a class act and is all business when it comes to wrestling. Should see him in the NCAA tournament for what ever college that signs him!!

May 7, 2003
From: MC
comments: Canít wait for next year. Anyone have any idea of what South and PHS will look like. Checking out last year's results. Looks like PHS graduated middle of lineup, but had several backups listed on the roster. South looks like they might be stacked up from 145-160. Smith, Young, Norman, Walters. What about the Freshman Nick Munday? Does Smith make 140 again? Who goes to 171 or even 189? How about James and Dunn from Patriots and Thomas from Cougars? Any of them make Varsity next year?

May 7, 2003
From: PNT125
comments: Jon Tatterson is the best 152 ever to wrestle at point pleasant. There have been some fine wrestlers in that weight class, but Tatterson would have to be the best overall. I wrestled with Tatterson, beleive me he is the best.

May 7, 2003
comments: Since there wasn't that many kids at the musselman tournment this past weekend. How will they choose the team for the freestyle allstar tournment? Can anybody answer this question for me please do if you can. Thank you

May 7, 2003
From: wrestling fan
comments: Just a question. How do you go to get cetified to be a coach? Second question, How do you go to be an offical for wresling?

May 7, 2003
comments: Shane Smith is also running track and should be on a state championship relay team too

May 7, 2003
From: Joel Harris
email: msuwrestling@hotmail.com
comments: This posting is in response to the Title IX letter written by Ken Chertow.

I agree completely that WV wrestlers, coaches and parents need to become involved the Title IX issue. As a graduate of WVU, I was very disappointed to hear about the cuts made to the athletic programs. These were very successful programs that were dropped. What will be next? It could have very easily been the wrestling program at WVU.

I believe it is time for wrestling supporters in WV to show that there is a demand for college wrestling in this state. Interest and talent are at all-time high and will continue to improve. There are very talented wrestlers in WV that wish to go to college close to home but have few opportunities to compete at the next level. Wrestling is a relatively inexpensive sport to operate, but there must be support from the wrestling community. WVU and West Liberty have very successful programs. Let's push for programs in other parts of the state.

I am asking for support to get a program started at Mountain State University in Beckley. Over the last year I have been in contact with the administration at MSU. The response has been positive. Postings were placed on wvmat and other national wrestling sites. I have received many emails from across the country from interested wrestlers.

The opportunity is here and the time is now. I just need your help! At one time, I believe there were nine college wrestling programs in WV. Now there are two. This may be the chance to reverse the trend.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved in the effort, please email me at: msuwrestling@hotmail.com

You can also email or write to the following individuals at Mountain State University to express your support for a program.

Bob Bolen
Athletic Director
bobbolen@mountainstate.edu

Dr. Charles Polk
President of MSU
drpolk@mountainstate.edu

Mountain State University
P.O. Box 9003
Beckley, WV 25802



Thanks for your support
Joel Harris

May 7, 2003
comments: I see that mitch smith and brandon rader wrestled in the freestyle kickoff....does anyone know the score?

May 7, 2003
comments: The comment posted that some of the Highschool State Champions had it "easy" was kind of an ingorant comment in my opinion. These are the same boys that worked all year to just make themselves better, so maybe it appeared that they had an easy tournament, but that was just because they were so well prepared. Believe me, those that are a one, two,or three, (or four) time state champions have in no way had it "easy".

May 3, 2003
From: South Wrestling Fan
comments: I think young men and woman should experience and have the option to play any sport they wish to play simply to find their own niche. I personally regret not participating in some sports in high school.One good example is South's Kyle Walters.He was a part of South's state runner up football last season and may wish to skip next season to concentrate on wrestling.Kyle was a state champ his soph year and lost in the finals in overtime his jr year.South should contend again next year in football and I personally hope Kyle is part of it.That being said I also hope that he does what he thinks is best for him...with no regrets!

May 3, 2003
comments: I think that tominack from wheeling park had the best tournament, i think he surprised everyone by beating geary in the semi's then pinning starsick in the finals. Also i think phil bliss had a good tournament, did an amazing move on lord to beat him then beating norman in the finals.And Dearman,everyone underestimated him but he came up a winner,beating dillworth and phalen. those 3 impressed me the most. Rader,Easter,Thomas,Mitch Smith,and Grogg all had it pretty easy.

May 3, 2003
comments: I don't believe that playing other sports is detrimental to your kid's wrestling. Two very good examples I can think of are the 152 and 160 lbs State Champions from this year in AA/A, Casey Hughes and Shane Smith. Smith is all-state in 3 sports, but is also a 2X state champion in wrestling, and considered one of the best in the state. Casey, since going to CJHS and CHS has competed in as many as 5 sports in a school year, with good success in all, but especially wrestling where he is already a 2X state champion. I hope this helps, I've seen too many people quit the sports they were good at to focus on one sport all together. You should do what you want to now, because before you know it the opportunity is gone and you can never get it back.

May 3, 2003
From: Rick Bailey, Wrestling Coach & Dad
comments: Congratulations to Mason Bailey finishing 2nd at the Tournament Of Champions this past weekend. Six for Six on the podium in Columbus. A great finish to a great season. Keep up the hard work and great things are headed your way! You ALWAYS make me proud, win or lose!

Steven Robe...Way to fight back! You wrestle great when you believe in yourself! A 3rd place finish at T of C finishing 7-1 on the day is no small feat. Very proud of the way you fought back!

To all of the other East Jr Wrestlers Drew, Garret, Andy, Hunter, Jesse, Zac and Jobey and our wrestling partners from Taylor County, Cam and Marcus... Keep striving for greatness, it is within your grasp. Thank you all for all of your hard work and dedication this last month and a half. Your determination make you all Champions in our eyes. Everyone inside and outside of this program sees great things in your future...Demand excellence and settle for nothing less. Ray, Mike and I are proud of all of you.

May 3, 2003
comments: To: High School Dad
I think it is possible to participate in other sports and still be one of the top wrestlers in the state, if you are a natural athlete (example: Shane Smith, Williamstown, outstanding in football, wrestling and baseball). I think some sports compliment wrestling like cross country and track can be used as part of the conditioning. However, if you are not a natural athlete I believe wrestling takes more than in season training and a camp or two to reach the top levels.

It seems that today more kids are finding the sport they enjoy the most and concentrating on that sport. I think the more that the athlete wrestles the better they will become. So it only seems logical that the year round wrestlers are going to be the best. But I think that wrestlers can participate in other sports and still excel in wrestling if they find open mats, shadow drill, and lift and condition year round. I don't think it's absolutely necessary to compete year round, but the spring and summer stuff can be fun and add variety which can make training more enjoyable.

May 3, 2003
From: champ
comments: HS DAD... Obviously you can be a good high school wrestler, and even win the state, and still play other sports. If you go to a few summer camps here and there that will also make you better and if you dedicate yourself year round wrestle free style and get plenty of summer matches in your really setting yourself up to be very successful. Basically your going to get out what you put into it. WV wrestling isn't as tough as some other states, so you can still be a multi sport athlete here and still be successful.

May 1, 2003
From: Tench 215
comments: Thank you Wrestling Fan for your best wishes. However, I believe you were misinformed...or you are just a friend of mine giving me a hard time. Regardless...I am not married. I know, it's sad...but ladies...you know that means I'm still on the market...

May 1, 2003
comments: who is charles piannar and where is he from? how bad did he beat blain mayle?

May 1, 2003
From: Eaglefan
comments: Does anyone have any information on the wrestling camp that Parkersburg holds every year with Wade Shalles? Rumor was that Wade would not be attending this year. This would be a shame, since his patient instruction and motivational speaking was what made the camp so wonderful.

May 1, 2003
From: Coach Cagle
comments: THe Musselman Freestyle Tourney will be used as the qualifier for the FlightTime team that will represent WV versus NJ, PA and North Carolina. This team will wrestle at least three matches in Pa. on May 17. If you want to qualify to make this team, you must qualify at this tourney. Call Ken Haislip at 229-5660 if you think you may wrestle or try to qualify at this tourn.

May 1, 2003
comments: To High School Dad:
I don't believe that giving up other sports to concentrate on wrestling will make the difference. It's what he does while he's on the mat. Both of my sons won state titles and lettered in football, baseball, and cross-country.

May 1, 2003
From: david koreski
email: alpha@casinternet.net

comments: Anyone interested in wrestling freestyle, in the parkersburg area can get exposure sundays @ 3:00 and wensdays @ 5:00 pm ..Anyone interested can contact me via e-mail. I cannot stress enough how valuable this exposure is, it will really help your wrestling position and it will give you a greater variety of attacks from your feet. Also many college coaches are looking at freestyle tournaments and experience in there recruting. West Virginia wrestlers can compete with anyone in the world , @ any level, but when wrestlers take the summer off they play catch-up the next season agianst wrestlers from other states who have been competing all summer!!!

Once agian anyone interested can contact me for details !! Lets get the respect we deserve from other states !

May 1, 2003
comments: what AAA wrestler had the best state tourny?

May 1, 2003
From: K W
comments: Just returned from the Tournament of Champions and would like to congratulate all area wrestlers who participated. In my opinion, this tournament is tougher than the Eastern Nationals, due to the fact that there are so many kids in each weight class (62 in Zach's) and you wrestle every 10 - 15 minutes. More states were represented in the T. of Ch. than in the Eastern Nationals (12 in Zach's) and the 3 minute period is rough. The good thing is you can do both (at least this year). I also hope that more area wrestlers do not give up wrestling after the WV States, the wonderful thing about this sport is that if you want to see how good you really are against the rest of the country, its really easy to do. You can't always do that in other sports. We need more representation from WV in these National tournaments.

April 29, 2003
Just a reminder about the Rough Neck Wrestling Camp! The deadline for registration is May 24th. For more information contact David Satterfield at 304-927-2128.

April 29, 2003
From: Wrestling fan
comments: How did the Putnam invitational go? Please post the time and date of televised matches. I am sure many wrestling fans would love to see the finals.

April 29, 2003
From: High School dad
comments: I would like to get some opinions on the playing of other sports in the off season as opposed to wrestling year around. What do the people of the forum think about kids who enjoy wrestling during the season and attend a camp or two during the off season, while they continue playing baseball, soccer, track, football or other sports during their appropriate season. Can this kid compete at a high level or is he doomed to never be the very best because he hasn't given up all other sports for wrestling ?

April 29, 2003
comments: http://www.mawawrestling.com/
Eastern Nationals Website

April 29, 2003
From: comment
comments: Congratulations to Michael Prince for finishing third at the Eastern Nationals. Very tough tournament with quality wrestlers from PA,NJ, and NY. Only lost came in semi-finals 2-0 to the eventual champion. Also good job at the Tournament of Champions once again losing only once and finishing third. At both of these tournaments he was the young man in his age group. Work harder than ever before this summer and your dreams will come true.

April 29, 2003
From: Wrestling Fan
comments: i would like to wish Daniel Tench and his bride the very best luck as the were married this past weekend. Good luck in everything you do.

April 27, 2003
From: Coach Cagle
comments: Coaches, Don't forget to encourage your kids to wrestle freestyle this summer. The next tourney is at Musselman High May 3rd. Round robin will be used to give the kids more matches. Look for forms and info on this site. A wrestler and officials clinic will be given prior to the tourny. Give it a shot!

April 27, 2003
From: Ken Chertow
email: ken@kenchertow.com

comments: Title IX was a good law that has gone bad. It needs to be reformed. Quotas are not fair. To learn more and learn how you can help NOW visit http://www.kenchertow.com/coachs_corner/title_ix_white_house.html

Please contact the whitehouse president@whitehouse.gov

The link above gives you some ideas to write about, but the key is simply something like this.

Dear President Bush,
Please listen to the Title IX commissionís suggestions.

Please listen to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastertís wisdom on this issue.

Thank you,
Ken Chertow
U.S Olympian

Following up on my previous post with some local notes to WV Families who are losing opportunities for their children.

Title IX was a good law that has gone bad. It needs to be reformed. Quotas are not fair.

To learn more and learn how you can help NOW visit http://www.kenchertow.com/coachs_corner/title_ix_white_house.html

It is important that WV wrestlers and young parents and coaches realize that the WV State Colleges used to have wrestling programs. They were dropped because of Title IX. Most dropped while I was in elementary school, and it is my understanding that little public resistance and opposition occurred. This is very disheartening.

Marshall was the last WV Program to get the ax and that occurred when I was a teenager. It was like a blip on the radar screen in the media and there was minimal public opposition. This is a fact as I grew up in Huntington and saw it happen, while the adults stood by and let it happen. This is when I first realized the magnitude of Title IX and that reform was clearly needed. This was 20 years ago and the same thing has occurred in other states while the public stands by and lets it happen.

WVU and West Liberty are the only programs left in WV. I encourage WV folks to get organized and push for wrestling programs to get started at Marshall and one or more smaller state schools. (How are Joel Harris' efforts coming along in Beckley? I have not heard much.)

WVU and Marshall are dropping Menís and Womenís Track and more! http://www.herdzone.com/sports/track/release.asp?RELEASE_ID=8082 http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/wvu/20030420wvucuts0420p4.asp This is terrible news. Nevertheless, it may be an opportunity for Wrestling people and other sports to band together in WV to complain, raise money, and get programs re-instated. These relatively inexpensive sports need to continue to exist in the future.

Wrestling is a prominent sport in the MAC. There is great interest in wrestling in WV and the level of wrestling improves annually.

I used to have my wrestling camp on Marshallís Campus and had over 200 kids per week for multiple weeks. Then they told me they were refurbishing dorms and we had to go elsewhere for a year. When we wanted to return, they said they had no gym space. (It proved to be a blessing for me, as I found many better facilities and expanded my camp into other states and have now moved my home base camp to Charleston Civic Center.) The fact is that there is GREAT INTEREST IN WRESTLING IN WV. WV COLLEGES NEEDS MORE WRESTLING PROGRAMS. Athletic Departments may not want wrestling, but if there is enough public pressure and money, wrestling in more than 2 WV colleges can become a reality.

President Bush and his staff are meeting with the White House this week. I encourage you to write a letter to the White House encouraging them to eliminate quotas, the portion of Title IX that is causing programs to get dropped. We must put a stop to the dropping of Sports Programs and work to start wrestling programs. Perhaps these cuts at WVU and Marshall will serve as a wake-up call.

I encourage you to contact your local politicians and voice your opinion. Does anyone know Byrdís position on this issue? He distributes money freely and throws his clout around regularly. Maybe he is disgusted with the dropping of programs and will finally help.

To learn more about Title IX visit http://www.kenchertow.com/coachs_corner/title_ix_white_house.html

April 27, 2003
From: Dean Moore
comments: Congradulations to Cody Norman, Nick Munday for winning the Eastern National Wrestling Tournament. Finishing 3rd was Chad Porter. Cody and Chad are 9th graders that wrestled for Parkersburg South and Nick Munday will be at South next year as a 9th grader. The rest of the boys qualifed for the High School Nationals at Virginia Beach in July.

April 27, 2003
From: wr
comments: I haven't visited this site since baseball began. Scanning through the forum I found an April 2 post on the "All Pt. Pleasant" wrestlers. I think I have a legitimate bone to pick with the exclusion of one, Matt Warner (152). 6th in state as a Junior in '01, Winner's Choice Champ in '02 just missing placement in the states with a dislocated collarbone!?! Ask the A-AA Champ from that year how tough Warner was. Healthy, he had the last legitimate shot as a AAA Champ from Point. Injured, he either had the guts or the stupidity to be out there. And oh by the way, he's a pretty good baseball player. Matt says Honolulu was kinda nice! You don't have to believe me (Dad), just ask Cal Bailey at WV STATE.

April 27, 2003
From: Ken Haislip
email: kjada@aol.com
comments: The response for the Musselman Freestyle Wrestling Tournament on May 3, has been very underwhelming. I have just confirmed today that Zeke Jones will be coming to give the wrestlers clinic, which will be held from 9:30 till 11:00, the morning of the tournament. There is also a very good referee coming from Pennsylvania to give the referee and coaches clinic, which will be held simultaneousley in the other gymnasium. Walk-ins will be welcome on Saturday morning, and we will only be charging $15.00 on Saturday morning, which is a revision from the application. If you do not already have your USA Wrestling card you will have to purchase one at the door. The clinic alone should be very worthwhile. For information call 304-229-5660 and ask for Ken, or e-mail me at kjada@aol.com.

April 27, 2003
comments: Did anyone from WV go to the AAU World Championships in Tulsa? If so how did they do?

April 27, 2003
From: RE: WVU WRESTLING
comments: WVU wrestling dodged a bullet. Due to the salary increase given to the head football coach and other budget items, WVU AD Ed Pastilong announced that the nationally know rifle team and men and women's track teams were being eliminated. Coach Turnbull has done a good job promoting his sport and thus saved the wrestling program.

April 27, 2003
From: South Wrestling Fan
comments: Anyone know of a link to Eastern Nationals so we can view the results?

April 27, 2003
comments: TO OLD MAN
I KNOW THAT BEN WOOD AND CHRIS BROWN ARE BOTH ATTENDING CONCORD COLLEGE BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT JOSH MOYER OR JAMIE BOLEN

April 24, 2003
From: Cameron fan
comments: Oak Glen push over Cameron??? A team who lost 1 kid. Ask Oak Glen's 103, 135, 152, 160 or 189 if Cameron is a push over. Look at this.
103- OG Cameron both return . Cameron finishes higher adv: Cameron.
112- OG loses their 112. Cameron returns a 3 time qualifier and regional runner-up adv: Cameron
119- Og returns Cameron returns. Adv : Oak Glen.
125- Cameron returns OG returns. close match at regionals. Adv: OG
130- OG returns. Cameron returns. adv: OG
135- Cameron loses, OG loses. adv: even
140- Cameron returns. Og loses adv: Cameron
145- Cameron returns region runner-up. OG loses. adv: Cameron
152- Cameron 2 timer vs. OG loses. adv: Cameron
160 Cameron returns beat OG. adv: Cameron
171- OG returns Cameron returns. adv: OG
189- OG returns, Cameron returns. adv:OG
215- Cameron returns. Og loses. adv:even , OG if Potts moves up.
275- Cameron returns 4th in state. OG loses. adv: Cameron
Cameron 7 Oak Glen 6, 1 even
and Cameron doesnt plan to let Oak Glen have guys move up and beat them.

April 24, 2003
From: Shady Springs Spectator
comments: Editor, if there is no trash talk or flaming on the forum, then why did you post the OG comment about Cameron being a waste of time and a push-over? Is it solely because they are from OG. That's showing a little favortism I think
Editor's note: Yeah, that one got by me.

April 24, 2003
From: Old Man
comments: I am an old Independence fan. Our 2001 team was a good one, but I havent heard anything about some of our nig names in awhile. If any knows what happened to Ben Wood, Jamie Bolen, Chris Brown, and Josh Moyer would you please post it. Thanks

April 24, 2003
comments: How did the freestyle clinic and tournament held in Parkersburg go? Was it well attended?

comments: How was the turnout for the freestyle clinic and tournament at Parkersburg High? I hope lots of wrestlers took advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the best. Freestyle and greco wrestling can be alot of fun. There isn't the pressure to do well for your school and it is something a little different; Not so different that you can't adjust, just enough different to add some spice to your life. April 24, 2003
From: Mike Lewis
email: mlewis134@cs.com
comments: The Putnam County Open Wrestling Tournament scheduled for April 26st and 27th has been moved to a one day tournament on Saturday April 26st. This will affect the following age groups: Division 4 (13-15), Division 5 (16-18), and Division 6 (OPEN)

I will call all entries in the above mentioned classes to notify everyone of the change. Weigh-ins will remain the same: Friday the 25th 6:30pm to 8:00pm and Saturday the 26th 7:00am to 8:00am Walk-ins will be welcomed.

Wrestling will begin at 9:00am. Call me with any questions or concerns at (304)755-0441. Sorry for the change.
Mike Lewis

April 24, 2003
From: JJWA FAN
comments: CONGRATULATIONS TO JJWA WRESTLERS CODIE GUSTINES FOR FINISHING 5TH AT THE EASTERN NATIONALS AND TO TYLER CROSS FOR FINISHING 7TH. GOOD JOB GUYS!

April 21, 2003
comments: Missed the NHSCA qualifer in morgantown and was wondering if ther are any other qualifers that i can go to?

April 21, 2003
From: OG Proud
comments: Shady Spring has a very good team, and they may give us a run for our money next year, but I doubt they will beat us. They don't have the pee-wee program and JV program that OG has, and I believe that is why Oak Glen has maintained such a high level of wrestling. We may have lost 8 kids this year due to graduation, but the younger kids that we do have are working very hard and wrestle year round. Oak Glen also has one of the top coaches in the state, even though he is a Shady Spring graduate. As for Oak Glen moving up to AAA, that is just nuts. Work as hard as our kids do and maybe you will beat us. One more thing. Oak Glen wrestling Cameron in a dual meet would be a complete wast of time. Oak Glen schedules top-notch teams. Not teams that are going to be a push-over.

April 9, 2003
From: nicely
comments: this is to one of the easters. i am chavis nicely i used to wrestl fore nirto and now i coach for a team in mo. called the compettoirs and seth is going to wrestl this weekend with 4 or5 of are kids fore jordens dual team . i am going to try to go watch and i would love to if you all could braing me a nitro shirt i have none of my old stuff any more i will be happy to buy or trade some compettoirs stuff wright back and good luck to seth.

April 9, 2003
comments: what was the score of the hayes rush match>? and also the score of the mayle match? thanks

April 9, 2003
From: SLAMMA
comments: WERE THERE ONLY TWO WEIGHT CLASSES IN THE COLLEGE DIVISION AT THE NHSCA WV OPEN QUALIFIER?

April 9, 2003
From: WRESTLING FAN
comments: Who wins AAA championship next year? I'm going with Parkersburg High Big Reds to repeat. My reasoning is they have 3 champions and 3 runner-ups that were underclassmen.

April 9, 2003
comments: Congratulations to Jeff Courtney on his 2nd place finish at the FILA Junior Freestyle Championships. Second place in both styles wrestling with some of the top wrestlers in the country is very impressive. Good Job!!!

April 9, 2003
From: Old South Fan
comments: Good luck to all the wrestlers competing in Eatsern Nationals this weekend! Make us proud! (Shane Grogg, Braden Shaw, Brian Humphrey, Jarrod Shaw, Codi Norman, Rhett Northcraft, and Chad porter)

April 9, 2003
comments: Ok for one thing Oak Glen is not even close to being AAA, there are 18 AA schools that are larger then Oak Glen and they are over 100 students short of being AAA. With an area where the population is getting smaller and smaller i doubt they will get those stundets any time soon.

April 9, 2003
comments: I would whatch for Andy Thomas. He is only a 7th grader but will wrestle as a freshman for the Big Reds.

April 9, 2003
From: Coach C.
comments: To the coach that inquired about the young man from Pa. his name is B. Wheeling, ( that is what i have in the bracket's ) as far as what high school i do not know. But at 103 this kid will be tough.
April 9, 2003
From: scheny schenerlein
email: scheny@sharkattacks.com
comments: The tournament in Parkersburg on the 19th is a freestyle tourney. If you have no freestyle experience that is not a problem. There is a clinic on Friday the 18th and another on Sat. morning. Do not shy away from freestyle. If our state wants to compete with the rest of the nation and send kids to top colleges year in and year out we need everyone to embrace this freestyle series of tournaments and strive to improve. It is already paying off in our program. Please email me with any questions you might have. Looking foward to the 18th and 19th. Scheny Schenerlein
Head Coach
Parkersburg High

April 9, 2003
From: patriot
comments: Biggest upset in the state tournament in my opinion was South's Kyle Walters over Derek George from John Marshall last year. George beat Walters twice that year before meeting him in the finals. Walters won in overtime. Very good match.

April 9, 2003
From: WVUstud
comments: Somebody mentioned something about state tournament upsets.....I would have to say Joe Caughey upsetting Nailer at HWT a few years back would have to be at the top of people's list. That was Caughey's first of 3 state titles for Oak Glen.

April 9, 2003
comments: Oak Glen is NOT the largest AA school, there are 18 listed as having higher enrollment. Cameron is NOT the smallest A school, there are 34 listed with smaller enrollment. Oak Glen may have lost 8 seniors and two state champions, BUT they do have many great wrestlers who were waiting to step up into those spots!

April 9, 2003
comments: hey, it really doesnt matter what happened in a dual for any team, it all matters where you are saturday night at states, dont make excuses for cameron finishing below williamstown, they took 7 very good wrestlers and placed second, im sure cameron took more than 7. PHS took 12 to states, south took 13 and look who won. NO EXCUSES

April 9, 2003
comments: As far as i am concerned Cameron can have there duel meet win and there regional runner up title over williamstown. I would rather be STATE RUNNERS UP.

April 9, 2003
comments: Congratulations to Jeff Courtney on his second place finish at the FILA Junior National Greco Championships. Good Luck in the freestyle competition. Hope you bring home first place!

April 6, 2003
comments: Congratulations to Jeff Courtney on his second place finish at the FILA Junior National Greco Championships. Good Luck in the freestyle competition. Hope you bring home first place!

April 6, 2003
From: speculator
comments: I just want to comment on some of these submissions. First, as excellent as Oak Glen has performed in the past seven years, the 2003-4 title is far from decided. The comments about A-AA needing to dual them is true. I am sure Cameron is closer than South, and just as willing. Ditto for Williamstown. And, OG is very close to being AAA by the numbers (in case you haven't noticed), Cameron is near the bottom of A schools. Fair? That's pretty ridiculous. It did seem that OG took it on the chin against Cameron's better wrestlers, however. We're done wuffin', come to WVU team camp for your preview this summer. come see us

April 6, 2003
From: Grandma
email: jsuewright@hotmail.com
comments: Does anyone know of any wrestling camps being held this summer in the wood county area ? I have two grandchildren, ages 11 and 13 and they would like to learn everything about wrestling so that they can wrestle this fall. It has to be for new wrestlers because they do not know any wrestling rules or moves. Any information can be emailed to me at this address: jsuewright@hotmail.com
Thanks

April 6, 2003
comments: can anyone tell me the dates for state tournament next year!
February 26 - 28. Check the WVSSAC website. They have calendars up through 2008.
April 6, 2003
comments: it matters cameron beat williamstown in a dual because it means cameron has more good wrestlers than williamstown. the good wrestlers from williamstown may be better than cameron's (exception Hughes and Stewart if he wasnt against shane smith). so lets leave it as williamstwon's big guns produced at states and cameron didnt. but as far as all the weight classes down the line, cameron is stronger, period. in fact hughes didnt even beat tracewell that dual, so in theory it could been worse than the 10 pts cameron beat them by. add in we didnt have a 145, which beat williamstown 145 at regionals, well then the gap is pretty big. just lets just cut our differences and call it even until next yr. Williamstown got 3rd in the region behind cameron so i guess the dragons have the jackets 2 to 1.

April 6, 2003
From: Deezl
comments: wood co. is not that great if you consider #'s in that town, i mena of course their the best, their schools are huge!!!

April 6, 2003
comments: Coach C.
I was wondering who this kid is that you are talking about and what high school he will be wrestling for next year. I wil be coaching in Charleston next year and I would like to know who you are talking about.

April 6, 2003
From: Old Blue
comments: SHANE GROGG, good job at Cleveland Sr. NATIONALS. Won 4 and lost 2.Defeated Zac Cunliff of NJ (21-0) 2-1. Defeated Shane Hase of NY (42-2) 9-3. Defeated Marc Marinelli of NY (35-5) 11-0. Defeated Terreyl Williams of NC (68-1) 13-7. Lost to Gab Flores of Calif.( #1 Senior in the nation)10-3. Lost to Gralan Early of Ind. 10-6. Five 4 time state champs in this weight. TOUGH,TOUGH.

April 6, 2003
comments: Who do you all think would be on a Cameron All-Time Team? I'd say R.C. Anderson, Chad Burge, Eric Potts, Roger Kupfer, Casey Hughes, and Ryan Dudas would be locks as multiple time champs.

April 6, 2003
From: FSHSFAN
comments: Fairmont Senior High School from 1990-2003
103-Daniel Bonasso
112-Jonathan Delligatti
119-Aric Naternicola
125-D.J. Kelly
130-Rahsaan Bates
135-Mike Cinalli
140-Adam Naternicola
145-Nick Hedrick
152-Mike Vani
160-Andy Wilfong
171-Ryan Courtney
189-Jeff Courtney
hwt-Chris Courtney

April 6, 2003
From: South Wrestling Fan
comments: Someone asked what we thought was the biggest upset in state tourney history? I have watched over 30 years worth and the memory gets depleated over time but I can recall two big wins.Jason Johnson(soph.South)pinned Rashaan Bates(Sr.Fairmont Sr.)to lock down the state title for South.Johnson went on to become a 3 time state champ.Also Jeff Courtney's win over Matt Miller 3 years ago when Miller had defeated Jeff 2 or 3 times that season.I'm sure their were many more.Have a great day!

April 6, 2003
comments: Actually, it means when Cameron and Williamstown go at it head-to-head, Cameron is a better team. Period.

April 6, 2003
comments: i just looked up the aa state tournement and it looks like oak glen is losing 8 wrestlers and shady is only losing two and gaining alot so look out for shady next year

April 6, 2003
comments: well you say oak glen will beat shady well i think you are crazy o.g had 2 state champs but so did s.s. and there 2 state champs were soph. and o.g. were seniors. so you might want to look at this again. yes oak glen is very good but shady will have a great team again next year and thats something they haven't had in a while so i think it will be close but i think shady will win it next year.

April 6, 2003
From: Virginia Challenge
email: flipoli@aol.com
comments: USAW's Final Ultimate Challenge Event
The final event of USA Wrestling's very successful Ultimate Challenge Series will be held in the famous Norfolk Scope Arena in the heart of historical downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The 3rd Annual Virginia Challenge Middle School National Open Wrestling Championships will see participants in two divisions, 5-6th Grade & 7-8th Grade, battle for mat supremacy. This final leg of the Series will have USA Wrestling crowning six exceptional individuals as they attain the right to named Dominator Award Winners. These six individuals will be awarded specially made belts that will recognize them as the best folkstyle wrestlers in the United States.

The Middle School Nationals will be held April 11-13th, with weigh-ins being conducted April 11th and competition April 12-13. Awards will also be given for Outstanding Wrestler, Fastest Pin, Most Falls, and National Team Awards.

Participants from over twenty states have already registered and the number of competitors grows daily as individuals from around the country want to take part in this prestigious event. USAW Director of State Services, Mark Scott, stated, "USAW is proud to be associated with the Virginia Challenge and The Middle School National Open. This Championship culminates an outstanding series of events within the Ultimate Challenge Series, and USAW is excited to be crowning six outstanding athletes as Dominator Award winners. The Middle School Open brings prestige and fanfare to what has been a terrific season of folkstyle wrestling." Scott continued by saying, "The individuals of the Virginia Challenge have gone out of their way to make this event outstanding for the athletes that will be participating. We sincerely appreciate the dedication and hard work the Virginia Challenge as contributed to this event."

For more information on the 3rd Annual Middle School National Open Wrestling Championships please see www.virginiachallenge.org

April 6, 2003
From: AA
comments: To Pinner: You must be assuming that the other AA schools don't think they can beat Oak Glen. From all the posts I've read on this site, I can't find any evidence that AA teams are complaining. I do see some posters trying to offer silly solutions that only serve to try to illustrate their own high opinions of themselves. You'll have this when you're on top. It is my experience that AA teams have a healthy respect for Oak Glen. You can bet other teams are working hard. You have to have something or somebody to shoot for.

April 6, 2003
From: old golden bear
comments: you go from last in triple a to first in double a by hard work i was on both those teams and the 98 team that lost to North Marion by a point in the dule yeah they won it that year don't bash those oak glen teams we had no seniors in 96 one in 97 and a whole bunch in 98. the wrestling program in oak glen had a few down years and it took a great group of kids that worked there butts off to get it back on top right where it is right now

April 6, 2003
From: Wondering
comments: Are there going to be alot of wrestlers going to the Northern Panhandle freestyle Club held at oak glen?

April 2, 2003
comments: IM JUST GONNA SAY THAT WOOD COUNTY IS A SPORTS POWERHOUSE IN MOST SPORTS IN WV, P-SOUTH AND PHS IN WRESTLING...5 TITLES HAVE BEEN HERE IN A ROW, PHS AND SOUTH IN FOOTBALL, PAST 4 YEARS PARKERSBURG TEAMS HAVE BEEN IN THE STATE FINALS, WILLIAMSTOWN CLASS A FOOTBALL WENT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, P-SOUTH IN BASKETBALL AND WILLIAMSTOWN GIRLS IN B-BALL. WOOD COUNTY IS THE KING WV

April 2, 2003
From: WRESTLING FAN
comments: Shyver win over Easter was no fluke. Anybody can be beat anybody at any giving time. Shyver was just the better wrestler that day.

April 2, 2003
comments: All Team Point Pleasant
103- Alex Reed (State Champ, runner-up, 3rd)
112- Mike Calandros (2nd, 2nd, 6th)
119 - Beau Hill (2nd, 4th, 5th)
125 - Jeremy Burris (3rd)
130 - Jeff Fisher (not 100% sure)
135 -
140 - Nick Duncan (3rd, 6th)
145 - Aaron Wiseman (5th)
152 - Jon Tatterson (5th)
160 - Jon Bonecutter (5th, 5th)
171 - Jeremy Rickard (3rd, 4th)
189 - Terry Rollins
215 - Adam Bryant (4th)
275 - Scott Burris (2nd)

April 2, 2003
comments: What is in your opinion the biggest upset in State Tournament history?

April 2, 2003
From: Pinner
comments: All of this talk of Oak Glen moving up to AAA is crazy. You don,t boot a team out because they are better. That doesn't say much for the AA schools that are saying this. You just gotta get better if your tired of gettin beat. What would you all like to do with the Parkersburg schools?? Move them to a AAAA all by themselves so someone new can win. Get real, Have a goal, work hard, and beat them! Also, I don't think Oak Glen was much of a powerhouse when they left AAA. Look back at the results. They were pretty good in the 80,s and 90, 91. After that it went all downhill. As matter of fact they got 32nd place in the state in 1996 with TWO POINTS. Then won the state in 97 in AA! How the heck does that happen??

April 2, 2003
From: Coach C.
comments: I was in Central Pa. this weekend and came across a wrestler this weekend that i found interesting, he won the the Jr. high division at 100 then won the High School division at 103, When i spoke with him he, i told him that he was meeting one of my wrestlers in the finals,and that we were from WV. He got very talkitive , and in the conversation he told me , he was going to wrestle high school in WV. ( Charleston ) where his father was coaching. Needless to say this kid was the real deal , he tech-falled our kid and without nameing names i have never seen our kid get beat like that. This kid from Pa. will make a serious noise in high school next year. I would like to see this kid and Anthony Easter wrestle, I believe you might be surprised.

April 2, 2003
From: WVUstud
comments: All this talk about AA teams wanting Oak Glen to move up to AAA because they are being to successful. I think there's just a little bit of jealousy flying around the state. Instead of trying to make Oak Glen to do something else, why don't all you other schools just try to learn from OG and work a little harder and maybe some day you'll be at the top of the state.

April 2, 2003
comments: Congratulations to Matt Easter to be the only All American from WV with his 4th place finish at Senior Nationals. Also congratulations to all the other wrestlers who went: Shane Grogg, Mitch Casto, Chris Gibbs, Blane Mayle, Ben Geary, Brandon Geary, and John Dilworth.

April 2, 2003
comments: CONGRATS TO MATT EASTER FOR PLACING 4TH AT THE SENIOR NATIONALS.

April 2, 2003
comments: Food for thought - The last time the AA Outstanding Wrestler Award went to someone outside of the LKC Conference was in 1997, when the award went to Region II/ Big Ten Champ Buddy McKeen of Grafton

April 2, 2003
comments: You know this Cameron and Williamstown talk thats still going on, well last time i checked Williamstown still finished 2nd in the state in 2003. So in reality who wins the duel match doenst mean anything at all.
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