POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The cream of the crop.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team came away with top honors at the eighth annual Jason Eades Memorial Duals held Friday and Saturday at Point Pleasant Junior-Senior High School in Mason County.
The Big Blacks finished the weekend with a perfect 8-0 team record, as the hosts won each match by at least 20 points and had five different grapplers go unbeaten in the two-day event.
George Washington and Shady Spring joined PPHS as pool champions with identical 6-0 marks, but the Big Blacks defeated GWHS by a 45-25 count and then posted a 54-18 victory over SSHS to secure the 2013 crown.
GW was the overall runner-up with a 7-1 mark, while Shady Spring placed third with a 6-2 record. Woodrow Wilson (7-1), St. Albans (6-2), Greenbrier East (5-3) and Herbert Hoover rounded out the top-third of the team placements.
Overall, Point had 13-of-14 wrestlers finish the weekend with winning records —which also included four 7-1 efforts and three 6-2 records individually. Collectively, the Big Blacks posted a 93-19 overall mark.
Point Pleasant also defeated Robert C. Byrd (75-6), Buffalo (78-6), Clay County (66-15), Nitro (71-9), Greenbrier East (68-6) and Hurricane (76-6) in the opening pool round.
“I thought overall we wrestled very well this weekend,” fifth-year PPHS coach John Bonecutter said following the event. “I’m very proud of the effort that we received from the kids.”
Guy Fisher (126), Hunter White (145), Austin Rutter (152), Jon Peterson (182) and Tannor Hill (195) were the five PPHS grapplers to go unbeaten, while the quartet of Caleb Leslie (106), Austin Wamsley (120), John Raike (132) and Josh Hudson (160) each went 7-1 in head-to-head matches.
Scotty Wilcox (113), Grant Safford (170) and Jacob Duncan (220) finished the weekend 6-2 apiece, while Alec Stanley went 4-4 overall in the heavyweight class. Andrew Roach also posted a 3-5 mark in the 138-pound division.
Wahama — which had only five wrestlers at the event — went 0-8 overall as a team and finished 21st out of 21 teams. No individual results for the White Falcons were available at press time.