West Virginia High School Wrestling


January 15, 1997

Leading 28-27 going into the final match, South lost an exciting dual to Grundy Virginia as South's Josh Middleton was pinned by Virginia Defending State Champ Luke Owens. One of the more exciting matches of the night was when South's Mike Davis (160) nearly pinned another defending state champ, Donnie Bishop. Bishop managed to hold on and then turn Davis in time to pin him literally as the buzzer sounded.

103 Justin Cox (PS) dec. Timmy Belcher, 11-7
112 Robby Shank (PS) dec. Mike Hartford, 10-4
119 Dustin Collins (PS) maj. dec. Sott Newport, 15-2
125 Zach Hasse (PS) maj. dec. Nick Young, 11-2
130 Mike Deel (G) dec. Josh Smith, 10-7
135 Alex Gibson (G) dec. Scott Rhodes, 9-5
140 Jim Griffey (G) p. Jason Johnson, 5:17
145 Chad Walters (PS) maj. dec. Charlie Cochran, 15-7
152 B. D. Robertson (G) dec. Ty Emrick, 8-3
160 Donnie Bishop (G) p. Mike Davis, 2:00
171 Scott Justus (G) p. Luke Smith, 3:25
189 Todd Daggett (PS) maj. dec. Olen Owens, 9-1
215 Mike Sharpe (PS) p. Charlie Hale, 1:19
HWT Luke Owens (G) p. Josh Middleton, 1:24

Exhibition Matches
103 Jeremy Abbott (PS) dec. Chad Hurley, 13-9
145 Josh Dearth (PS) maj. dec. John Hutchinson
152 Brent Payne (PS) p. Ankur Patel, 2:33

Thanks to Jenny Sullivan

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