Bearcat wrestling team finishes second at regionals

Six Bearcat wrestlers are headed to the state tournament

BRIDGEPORT—The Grafton High School wrestling team competed in the WV AA/A Region 2 championship this past Saturday, at Bridgeport High School.

The Bearcats continued to wrestle at a high level, and finished second as a team in the region. 

“It was great to take second place, with only wrestling in nine weight classes,” said head coach Keith Zebley.

  “Better than that, we have six wrestlers going to states,” he added.

The Bearcats will be sending six wrestlers to the state tournament in Huntington, on Thursday.

The following wrestlers will be representing GHS this weekend.

Noah Hodges (55-0) will be making a return trip to Huntington, as he finished first in the 106 pound class in Region 2.

Hodges, who is ranked number one in the state, finished as the runner-up in last years tournament.

Keith Skaggs (54-1) finished first in the 113 pound class, and he also wrestled in the state meet last season. Keith is ranked as the number two wrestler in AA/A in the state.

In the 126 pound class, David Williams (47-15) finished third in the region, allowing him to advance.

Dillon Williams (45-11) will be making his first appearance at the state tournament, as he captured first place in the 145 pound class. Williams is ranked ninth in the state at AA/A.

Clinton Mayle will also be making his first trip to Huntington, as he finished fourth in the region.

This year Mayle has produced a 34-24 record.

The last Bearcat to qualify for the state tournament was Garrett Ware (40-3) ,in the 285 pound class.

Ware is ranked third in the state, and he made a deep run in the state tournament last season, before being forced to leave with and injury.

“We are peaking at the right time and have high hopes for this coming weekend,” said Zebley.

Two Bearcats were just short of advancing out of the region. Anthony Phillips (42-20) finished in sixth place, and Dalton Mayle finished in fifth place.

The state tournament will begin on Thursday in Huntington.

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