Mercersburg's Barnette progressing quickly

February 10, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

Mercersburg Academy wrestling coach Rick Hendrickson describes Adam Barnette, his sophomore 275-pounder, as "a work in progress."

"He has times when he's very good," Hendrickson said. "But he also has mental breakdowns because he's a 15-year-old wrestling big guys. We think that Adam, in the future, is going to be very good."

He's not bad now.

Barnette is 28-7 in his first year with the No. 1 Blue Storm. Wrestling USA Magazine last month ranked him as the No. 5 sophomore in the country in his weight class.

"The only kids he's lost to this year are seniors," Hendrickson said.

Barnette wasn't bad last year either, going 37-11 and winning the West Virginia Class AA-A state title at 275 for Independence High School to become the youngest heavyweight champion in state history.


He then followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Aaron, a two-time West Virginia state finalist for Independence and a prep all-American at 189 for Mercersburg.

"Adam's brother came to us in 2002 and did a post-grad year," Hendrickson said. "He ended up getting scholarship offers and went to Appalachian State."

Hendrickson said the Barnettes' parents were sold on Mercersburg and decided to give Adam an earlier start there.

"In that year Aaron was here, they saw the difference between Class AA-A West Virginia and the demands of our schedule," he said.

Barnette also starred on the offensive line last fall for the Blue Storm football team, which went 9-1.

"He weighed over 300 pounds in football," Hendrickson said. "He's a big kid with a lot of talent."

Musselman Invitational

Need to pick a good day to go skiing? Just check the date of the Musselman Invitational each year.

Typically, the one-day tournament is in January. It's this Saturday this year, and the weatherman is once again calling for snow in Inwood, W.Va.

"It has been snowed out three of the last five years," Musselman coach Mark Cagle said. "That is why we changed the date. Of course, it was 52 degrees on our original date and now it's calling for snow on our new date. Go figure."

The 11-team tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. Finals should begin around 5 p.m.

Hedgesville, Mercersburg, Jefferson and Musselman are the area schools in the mix.

Mahaffey milestone

Wyoming Seminary senior Derek Mahaffey, of Waynesboro, Pa., recently reached the 100-win milestone for his career.

Mahaffey, who wrestled for Waynesboro as a freshman and sophomore, was the heavyweight champion last month at Mount Madness III, one of the most prestigious tournaments in Maryland.

He is the son of Boonsboro athletic director Dave Mahaffey. Wyoming Seminary is in Kingston, Pa.

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