West Virginia High School Wrestling

West Virginia Wrestling Championship, 1969

February 21-22, 1969, Parkersburg WV

The 1969 Tournament turned out to be another close battle that wasn't won until the 133 pounds finals. Stonewall Jackson trailed Wheeling by two points, 33-31 when Stonewall's defending State Champion, Tom Hamer, went up against Wheeling's Bill Nicholson. Hamer had the early lead but Nicholson gained momentum in the third period and forced overtime by tying the score, five all. In overtime, Nicholson scored a reversal, near-fall and riding time to win the match 5-0 and clinched the team title for Wheeling, 36-31.

Two other wrestlers successfully defended their titles. Dwight Wolfe won his first title for Moundsville High School in 1968 at 112 pounds, and his second tile for John Marshall in 1969 at 120 pounds. Morgantown's Sam Rozance won his second title at 127 pounds after winning his 1968 title at 120 pounds.

The 1969 almost officially marked the initiation of the Outstanding Wrestler Award. Elkins' Joe Hart won the inaugural award by winning his first two matches by pins and then easily disposing of top seeded and undefeated David Copely in the finals. On occasion, newspapers had recognized outstanding wrestlers in earlier tournaments, but 1969 was the first time coaches had voted on an official award.

Thirty-seven schools were represented by 96 wrestlers in the 1969 tournament. The wrestlers combined record going into the tournament was 1144 wins, 165 loses and 18 ties. Twenty-nine wrestlers entered the tournament without a loss and only seven grapplers survived with unbeaten records.

The officials for the tournament were Jack Miller, Parkersburg; Paul Hodges, Berkley Springs and Robert Roush, Madison. Parkersburg's Athletic Director, C. Bernard Price served as Tournament Director and seeded all eight wrestlers in each class with 1st seed wrestling 8th seed, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, and 4th vs. 5th.

Source: Parkersburg News

Thanks to Brent Sams

69 program cover

Team Scores

1.Wheeling 36.00
2.John Marshall 31.00
Stonewall Jackson 31.00
4.Morgantown 22.00
Nitro 22.00
6.DuPont 21.00
7.Beckley 19.00
Charles Town 19.00
9.Scott 16.00
Shady Spring 16.00
11.Huntington East 15.00
12.Elkins 14.00
13.Weirton 12.00
14.Milton 11.00
15.George Washington 9.00
Parkersburg 9.00
17.Ravenswood 7.00
Wirt County* 7.00
Guyan Valley 7.00
20.Triadelphia 5.00
Parkersburg South 5.00
Barboursville 5.00
23.Fairmont Senior 2.00
Philip Barbour 2.00
25.Oak Glen 1.00
26.Huntington 0.00
Sophia 0.00
East Bank 0.00
Dunbar 0.00
Lewis County 0.00
Ripley 0.00
Herbert Hoover 0.00
Keyser 0.00
Berkley Spring 0.00
Big Creek 0.00
Charleston 0.00
Greenbrier East 0.00

Finals Matches



Place Winners

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Weight: UNL

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