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Hedgesville advances seven on AAA mats

February 22, 2001

Hedgesville advances seven on AAA mats



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Area wrestlers fared well during the first round of the West Virginia AAA and AA/A state wrestling tournaments Thursday at the Civic Arena.

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In AAA, Hedgesville sits in second place in the team standings with 23 points. Parkersburg South leads with 39.

Hedgesville advanced seven wrestlers into today's quarterfinal round, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Three-time state placer Bryan Moats led the way with a pin in 3 minutes, 36 seconds against University's Scotty Marshall in their 145-pound bout. Moats, 45-3 on the season, will meet Chris McGhee, of Nitro, today. Moats is also two wins away from tying ex-teammate Jim Shetler's state career-win record of 168.

Also advancing for Hedgesville were Kevin Ballam (112), Jason Drappo (119), Jared Hess (130), Daniel Lord (140), Jason Baker (189) and Chuck Files (215).

Jefferson, which advanced six wrestlers, is tied for ninth with Fairmont Senior and East Fairmont with 18 points. Advancing from Jefferson were Steve Reynolds (125), Justin Hawes (130), Devin Abshire (135), Andre McDonald (152), Rob Osuch (160) and Dustin Householder (215).

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Abshire (41-3), Jefferson's best chance for a state champ, pinned Josh Dygert of Spring Valley in 1:11. Abshire will meet Mike Muldrew, of John Marshall, is the quarterfinal round.

Advancing from Martinsburg (18 team points) were Bill Barbour (135) and Travis Durst (160). Barbour won with a first-period pin.

Advancing from Musselman (four points) was Jeff Clark (103).

Meanwhile, in AA/A, Berkeley Springs' Richard Stotler (39-1), a second-place winner last year at 171, pinned Weir's Jake Pyle in 53 seconds. Stotler will meet Brad DeBoard of Clay County in today's 171 quarterfinal round. DeBoard advanced via forfeit.

Also advancing from Berkeley Springs were Brandon Clark (119), Matt Rosensteel (125) and Josh Clark (189). Josh Clark won with a 29-second pin while Rosensteel needed 42 seconds for his fall. Berkeley Springs is in 10th place in the team standings with 10 points. Oak Glen leads with 35 points.

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