Haislip gets gold at states

February 26, 2006


Musselman's Dustin Haislip won the West Virginia Class AAA 125-pound championship Saturday evening, defeating Wheeling Park's Abbie Rush 6-3 in the final at the Huntington Civic Center.

Haislip, the state champion at 112 pounds last year, moved up two weight classes and proved to be just as good.

In Class AA-A, Berkeley Springs put two in the finals and settled for a pair of runner-up finishes. At 160, Tyson Bennett fell 11-0 to Oak Glen's Rhett Northcraft. At 171, Cody Reed lost 17-0 to Point Pleasant's Brent Hereford.

Oak Glen won the Class AA-A team title with 203 points. The Indians tied for 11th with 50 points.

Six other area wrestlers were placewinners in Class AAA.

At 103, Hedgesville's Danny Armstrong finished third, pinning Jefferson's Chris Ho in 1:31 in the consolation semifinals and Buckhannon-Upshur's Robbie Cogar in 3:36 in the third-place bout. Ho finished sixth.

Jefferson's Colton Gustines finished third at 112, pinning Cabell Midland's Mike Wilson in 4:12 and then edging Brooke's Daniel Felton, 3-1.


Jared Weatherholtz finished fifth at 171 for the Applemen, defeating North Marion's Matt Watson in the fifth-place bout. Musselman's Billy Barrett (130) and Hedgesville's Billy Forquer (152) each finished sixth.

Wheeling Park won the Class AAA team title with 199 points. Musselman finished 13th (51), Hedgesville was 14th (49), Jefferson tied for 17th (36) and Martinsburg finished 29th (2).

Huntington's Zach Fraley, the 119 champ, was the Outstanding Wrestler in Class AAA. He finished his season with a 45-0 record.

Mercersburg at nationals

Freshman Max Huntley came within one match of placing in his debut at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament to pace Mercersburg Academy.

Huntley (30-13) was pinned by DeMatha's Alex Ward in the 171-pound consolation quarterfinals, ending his run through the tournament with a 3-2 mark.

Ethan Harvey (125, 26-8) also went 3-2 in his 42-man bracket at 125, while Adam Barnette (275, 36-11) and Conor McPartland (145, 28-18) each won two bouts before being eliminated.

Peter Huntley (152, 39-8), Bobby Wolford (140, 35-15), and Nick Mazzei (135, 37-15) each went 1-2.

Mercersburg finished 33rd in the 142-team field.

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