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Led by championship titles by Ben Laughlin (145 lbs.) and Aaron Yoak (160 lbs.), Calhoun won the predominately AAA Pat Vance Invitational on Saturday at Nitro High School.


Ben Laughlin pinned this Lewis County opponent in the first period and remained undefeated on the season, 14-0, while winning the 145 lb. class at the Pat Vance Invitational at Nitro High School.
Laughlin is ranked first in Class AA-A.

Nine wrestlers placed in their respective weight classes, including eight in the top four.

Laughlin, ranked first by coaches in Class AA-A, remained undefeated, 14-0.

Yoak, seeded fourth, defeated the top two seeded wrestlers on his way to finishing 4-0.


Calhoun's other champion at Nitro was Aaron Yoak, who upset
top-seeded George Washington and second-seeded Oak Hill opponents on the way to the 160 lb. title.

The Red Devils received runner up efforts by Nick Stevens (112), Cody Clark (130) and Jeremy Conley (152). Stevens had a win over a second seed and Conley defeated the top seed on their way to the finals.

Caden Arnold (171) was third, while Austin Moore (125) and Sean Gungle (135) were fourth. Freshman Harley Hamrick (140) was sixth.

Gungle, a senior who won his 100th match at Pt. Pleasant, now has 111 victories during his career. Stevens, a senior who needs two wins, and Clark, a junior who needs three to reach 100 victories, will have an opportunity to reach that milestone this weekend at Braxton.

Wrestling begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Braxton County Invitational at the Armory off I-79 at exit 62.

Other teams competing are Grafton, Point Pleasant, Sissonville, Webster, Herbert Hoover, Richwood, South Harrison, Clay County, Independence, Petersburg, Roane, St. Albans, Wirt, Fayetteville, Liberty of Raleigh, Philip Barbour, Shady Spring, St. Marys, Lincoln, and Greenbrier West. Included are seven of the top 10 Class AA-A teams.

 

Pat Vance Invitational

Calhoun County 229, George Washington 210, North Marion 181, Cabell Midland 174, Johnson Central (Ky.) 167, Spring Valley 163, Riverside 162.5, Sheldon Clark (Ky.) 141.5, Lewis County 129.5, Oak Hill 122, Wellston (Oh.) 113.5, Nitro 81, Capital 78, Saint Albans 71, Liberty-Harrison 60.5, Winfield 53, Poca 51, Shady Spring 48, Logan 41, Hurricane 31, South Charleston 21, Lincoln County 18.

 

CHS wrestlers results

at Pat Vance Invitational

103 lbs. - Jean Blair, 2-2 record, 2 pins, 9 points

112 - Nick Stevens, 3-1, 2 pins, 24 pts., 2nd place

119 - Zach Hanshaw, 2-2, 2 pins, 9 pts.

125 - Austin Moore, 4-2, 1 pin, 16 pts., 4th place

130 - Cody Clark, 3-1, 1 pin, 23 pts., 2nd place

135 - Sean Gungle, 4-2, 3 pins, 21 pts., 4th place

140 - Harley Hamrick, 3-3, 1 pin, 12.5 pts., 6th place

145 - Ben Laughlin, 4-0, 1 pin, 28.5 pts., Champion

152 - Jeremy Conley, 3-1, 2 pins, 24 pts., 2nd place

160 - Aaron Yoak, 4-0, 1 pin, 27.5 pts., Champion

171 - Caden Arnold, 4-1, 2 pins, 21.5 pts., 3rd place

189 - Tim Sutro, 2-2, 2 pins, 9 pts.

215 - Jacob Haught, 1-2, 1 pin, 4 pts.

285 - Christian Cottrell, 0-2.

Calhoun B

130 - Seth Wease, 3-2, 1 pin, 8 pts.

152 - Dillon Mefford, 2-2, 3 pts.

 

CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SCHEDULE

2008-09

January

16  Braxton Invitational, 1 p.m.

   17  Braxton Invitational, 10 a.m.

24  Calhoun Invitational, 11 a.m.

31  Williamstown Rumble, 10 a.m.

February

  7  LKC Tournament at Williamstown

12  Herbert Hoover dual, 6 p.m.

20-21  Regionals at Pt. Pleasant

26-28  State Tournament at Huntington

 

Calhoun High School

’08-’09 Wrestling Statistics

Following are individual records, pins, and points earned by members of the CCHS wrestling team:

Wt.   Wrestler               Rec.   Pins   Pts. 

103-Jean Blair                   9-10   4    42.5

112-Nick Stevens            14-5   10    84   

119-Zach Hanshaw          11-9     6    57   

125-Austin Moore           10-7     6    46   

130-Cody Clark               16-4   11  103   

135-Sean Gungle             12-5     7    64   

135-Seth Wease                4-4     1    10   

140-Harley Hamrick         13-7     6    59.5

145-Ben Laughlin            14-0     4    80.5

152-Jeremy Conley          14-3   10    84   

152-Dillon Mefford           8-4     3    31   

160-Aaron Yoak              16-3     7    94.5

171-Caden Arnold            15-5   10    90.5

189-Tim Sutro                13-6   11    69   

215-Jacob Haught              8-10   4    34   

285-Christian Cottrell        9-9     8    48   

Others (inc. forfeits)          0-4     0      0   

               Total                186-95  108  997.5

Dual Record -- 3-0

Tournament Record -- 41-4

Nine Ranked

According to www.wvmat.com, the third-ranked CHS wrestling team has nine matmen ranked among the top six of their respective weight classes.

The vote by Class AA-A coaches ranked Red Devil wrestlers as follows:

112 lbs. - Nick Stevens, 4th

130 - Cody Clark, 3rd

135 - Sean Gungle, 6th

140 - Harley Hamrick, 5th

145 - Ben Laughlin, 1st

152 - Jeremy Conley, 5th

160 - Aaron Yoak, 5th

171 - Caden Arnold, 4th

189 - Tim Sutro, 5th

 

AA/A High School

Wrestling Top 10 Poll

(from Jan. 14 www.wvmat.com, Tim Miller, Editor)

Team Rank (first place votes)

  1. Oak Glen (7)

  2. Point Pleasant

  3. Calhoun County

  4. Berkeley Springs

  5. Liberty-Raleigh

  6. Independence

  7. Roane County

  8. Williamstown

  9. Grafton

10. Herbert Hoover

Others receiving votes: Cameron

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