The Calhoun High School wrestling team is off to a
positive start in its quest for a 30th straight winning season.
Class AA-A coaches have selected the Red Devils as
the third best team in a pre-season poll on
Coach Mike Stump begins his 23rd season as head
coach. His dual record is 279-55-6, including 167-13-2 since 1999.
CHS opens its season at the Brooke Classic, at
Brooke High School, Wellsburg, on Friday at 5 p.m. and on Saturday at 10
a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students per session, or $12
and $8 for two-day passes.
In addition to Class AA-A’s number one ranked Oak
Glen, it includes several other West Virginia ranked teams, and also
teams from Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Calhoun will have to replace three wrestlers lost
to graduation: Sean Gungle (4th in state, 135 lbs.), Nick Stevens (5th,
112), and Jeremy Conley (qualifier, 152).
Those three combined for 94 of the team’s 402
The Red Devils return four state placers and three
Ben Laughlin (champion, 145), Cody Clark (3rd,
130), Caden Arnold (5th, 171), Tim Sutro (5th, 189), Zach Hanshaw (119),
Austin Moore (125) and Aaron Yoak (160) helped lead the team to a third
place finish in the state tournament last year.
It was the eighth time in nine years that CHS has
finished in the top four. In 30 years, the Red Devils have finished in
the top 10 in Class AA-A 26 times.
Last year’s team included 15 wrestlers. This year,
Stump will attempt to fill the 14 weight classes with 16 matmen.
Finishing out the roster are senior Christian
Cottrell, juniors Mark Bedree, Aaron Dawson-Jarvis, Dillon Richards and
Justin Yeager, sophomore Seth Wease, and freshmen Ricky Allen, Levi
Gordon and Jared Haught.
Caden Arnold ......
Mark Bedree ........
Zach Hanshaw .....
Aaron Dawson-Jarvis 125-130
Dillon Richards ...
Justin Yeager .......
Brooke County Classic
12 Brooke County
Pt. Pleasant, 10:30 a.m.
19 Pt. Pleasant,
Roane County Duals
Invitational, 2:30 p.m.
Invitational, 9:30 a.m.
Braxton Invitational, 1 p.m.
Invitational, 10 a.m.
Calhoun Invitational, 11 a.m.
W.Va. Duals 1
30 at Parkersburg
South, 10 a.m.
6 LKC Tournament at
Berkeley Springs Quad
Regionals at Roane County
State Tournament at Huntington
(first place votes)
1. Oak Glen (6)
2. Point Pleasant
4. Berkeley Springs
6. Roane County
7. Shady Spring
9. Wirt County
Others receiving votes:
Liberty-Raleigh, Clay County
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