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HUNTINGTON – Washington senior Zane Bradbury placed second at 182 pounds and classmate Tyler Sigler took third at 126 pounds as the Patriots placed five wrestlers in the top six of their respective individual weight classes, good enough to earn Washington eighth place overall in Class AAA.
Bradbury, who entered last weekend’s state tournament the No. 1 wrestler in West Virginia in his weight class, took a sizeable early lead over Parkersburg South freshman Justin Allman and appeared likely to give the Patriots their first individual state championship since 2011.
But after Bradbury earned the first takedown of the match and registered five near-pin points for a 7-1 cushion in the first period, Allman began to chip way at Bradbury’s lead and closed to within 8-4 after the second period. Allman pinned Bradbury with 1:17 remaining in the third.
Bradbury, who won his first three matches of the tournament to reach the finals, finished the season 38-10.
Sigler won his first two matches of the tournament, but dropped a 7-3 decision to eventual runner-up Huntington senior Johnathan Spence in the semifinals. Sigler later won a pair of matches in the consolation round to earn a second consecutive third-place showing at states. He ended the season 44-3.
Washington junior Jared Jones (145 pounds), senior Mark Becraft (170 pounds) and junior R.J. Wilson (195) also secured tournament victories before falling into the consolation brackets. Becraft finished fourth in his division, while Jones and Wilson each finished sixth.
Huntington secured its second consecutive Class AAA title, topping Parkersburg 188-151. Parkersburg South finished third followed by George Washington, Wheeling Park, Point Pleasant, Buckhannon-Upshur, Washington, Ripley and Cabell Midland to round out the top 10.
Independence outscored Oak Glen, 181, 118.5, for the Class AA-A championship.
In Class AAA, Washington was also represented at the state tournament by freshman Luke Wilson (106), junior Aaron Tackett (138), junior Marvin Furby (152), sophomore Bradley Fournier (160), sophomore P.J. Bowlin (220) and senior Travis Penwell (285). Each of those wrestlers lost their first two matches and were eliminated from competition.
County-rival Jefferson sent three wrestlers to the state tournament, but all of them failed to register a victory. The Cougars were represented in Huntington by sophomore Sam Kosanovich (120), junior Donte McCarroll (170) and senior A.J. Pierson (182).
Parkersburg junior Trapper Hays was named Class AAA wrestler of the year after the 152-pounder closed out the season 49-0 with a state championship in his weight class.
Williamstown senior Dalton George was named Class AA-A wrestler of the year after he became a three-time state champion at 132 pounds. – Jeff Brammer