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CHS Hosts CCI On Saturday
by Newton Nichols

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The Red Devil matmen will host the 30th annual Calhoun County Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at Mt. Zion.

The 11-team field will include at least four of the top 10 Class AA-A teams in Berkeley Springs, Clay County, Wirt County, and host Calhoun.

Other teams are Braxton County, Fayetteville, Greenbrier West, Oak Hill, Poca, Ritchie County, and St. Marys.

Wrestling gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $6 for up to 10 hours of wrestling, including over 200 matches. It will also showcase more than 30 ranked wrestlers.

 Calhoun will be led by seniors Cody Clark, 27-0, 135 lbs., Aaron Yoak, 16-1, 171, and Tim Sutro, 26-3, 189; juniors Ben Laughlin, 24-1, 152, Caden Arnold, 23-5, 285, and Zach Hanshaw, 15-3, 145; and freshman Jared Haught, 25-2, 160.

CHS Has Four Champions

Eight place winners, including four champions, did not provide enough scoring for the CHS wrestling team to defend its title at Braxton County High School on Saturday.

Plagued with scoring problems, tournament officials decided to re-score the tournament to decide if the team champion was Wirt County or Clay County.

Results of the top five teams were unofficially announced on  on Monday morning. Later, the top eight teams, plus individual place winners in the 14 weight classes were announced. Even later, the other team scores were listed, but, as of presstime, Herbert Hoover’s team score was still missing.

Ben Laughlin (right) picks the ankle of his Braxton opponent for a takedown in a hard fought battle in the finals of the 152 lb. class. The CHS junior won, 7-5. There could be a rematch in the Calhoun County Invitational on Saturday.

It is believed that Wirt, which had 277 points on Saturday night, will be declared the winner. According to the re-score, the Tigers had 252.5 points, seven more than Clay.

Tim Sutro (right) uses a power move to take his Independence High School opponent to the mat. The senior was 4-0 with four pins and won the 189 lb. individual title.

Calhoun was said to be third (219) and Braxton was fourth (190).

With the top four teams participating on Saturday at Calhoun Middle/High School in the CCI, the top two trophies may be presented to Wirt and Clay at that time.

Freshman Levi Gordon controls a Liberty Raleigh opponent on the way to a 6-2 decision in the consolation semi-finals at Braxton County on Saturday. Gordon placed fourth.

At Braxton, the Red Devils had championship performances from Cody Clark (135 lbs.), Ben Laughlin (152), Jared Haught (160) and Tim Sutro (189). All four had 4-0 records, while Clark and Sutro were perfect with four pins and 32 points. Laughlin and Haught earned 29 each.

In second was Aaron Yoak (171). Also placing were Levi Gordon (103, 4th), Seth Wease (140, 5th), and Caden Arnold (285, 5th).

Caden Arnold lifts his larger Clay opponent and takes him to the mat for a pin. The Red Devil junior placed fifth in the 285 lb. weight class.

Clark was named the most outstanding wrestler by a vote of participating coaches.

Calhoun notes: Three Red Devil wrestlers are nearing the 100-win career mark. Tim Sutro (98), Ben Laughlin (95) and Caden Arnold (88) are nearly ready to join teammates Cody Clark (145) and Aaron Yoak (112) in reaching the milestone. That would make 30 CHS matmen to reach the century mark.

Clark is only five away from eclipsing the school’s career pin mark that is currently 102. Sutro has 22 pins this season. The CHS season record is 32.

Team scores at
Braxton Invitational

(Unofficial results: No score found for Herbert Hoover. At one time, it had 145 points.)

Wirt County 252.5, Clay County 245.5, Calhoun County 219, Braxton County 190, Roane County 183, Liberty of Raleigh 165, Independence 152, Greenbrier West 149, Liberty Harrison 113, Shady Springs 93, Grafton 82, Richwood 69, St. Albans 55, Petersburg 50, Sissonville 43, Lincoln 42, Fayetteville 37, Phillip Barbour 27, Webster 26.

Calhoun individual results:

103 lbs. - Levi Gordon, 3-2, 1 pin, 15.5 points, 4th place

112 - Ricky Allen, 0-2.

119 - None.

125 - None.

130 - Austin Moore, 1-1, 1 pin, 6 pts.

135 - Cody Clark, 4-0, 4 pins, 32 points, Champion

140 - Seth Wease, 4-2, 1 pin, 14.5 points, 5th place

145 - Dillon Richards, 1-2, 1 pin, 6 pts.

152 - Ben Laughlin, 4-0, 1 pin, 29 pts., Champion

160 - Jared Haught, 4-0, 2 pins, 29 pts., Champion

171 - Aaron Yoak, 3-1, 3 pins, 26 pts., 2nd place

189 - Tim Sutro, 4-0, 4 pins, 32 pts., Champion

215 - Christian Cottrell, 2-2, 5 pts.

285 - Caden Arnold, 3-2, 3 pins, 17 pts., 5th place


130 - Aaron Dawson-Jarvis, 0-2

215 - Justin Yeager, 0-2.


Calhoun High School
’09-’10 Wrestling Statistics

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

Wt.   Wrestler                  Rec. Pins  Pts. 

103-Levi Gordon             10-12   6    54.5

112-Ricky Allen               4-10   1    24   

130-Austin Moore             9-7     7    48   

130-Aa. Dawson-Jarvis      8-9     5    41   

135-Cody Clark               27-0   19  170   

140-Seth Wease               17-8     6    71.5

145-Zach Hanshaw          15-3     9    75   

145-Dillon Richards          5-8     3    30   

152-Ben Laughlin            24-1     9  151   

160-Jared Haught             25-2   16  162   

171-Aaron Yoak              16-1   14  117   

189-Tim Sutro                26-3   22  161   

215-Christian Cottrell       17-10 11    89   

215-Justin Yeager             1-4     0      4   

285-Caden Arnold            23-5   17  139   

Others (inc. forfeits)          0-8     0      0   

                  Total                227-91  145  1337

Dual Record -- 5-0

Tournament Record -- 54-6



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