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Preps Area Roundup

February 24, 2008

PREP WRESTLING



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs' Bradley Reed and Jefferson's Dylan Nick won individual titles Saturday at the West Virginia State Wrestling Championships at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Reed took a 7-2 decision over Joey Maldonado in the 119-pound final in Class AA-A, while Nick edged Luke Canterbury of Huntington 6-5 in the 171-pound title bout in Class AAA.

Berkeley Springs' Cody Reed (39-1) fell short in defending his 189-pound title from last season, suffering his first loss of the year to Liberty Raleigh's Nick Hylton in a 5-3 decision. Hylton, the state champion at 171 last season, finished the season 50-0.

The Indians finished fourth in the team standings with 108 points. Derek Hovermale finished third at 112, Josh Connor was fourth at 125 and Jake Stotler was third at 285.

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Musselman's Jared Weatherholtz lost a 3-2 decision to Parkersburg's Andy Thomas in the Class AAA 189 final, while teammate Luke Dawson finished fourth at 145.

PIAA District 3 Tournament

HERSHEY, Pa. - James Buchanan's Derek Straley advanced to next weekend's Southeast Regional by virtue of his third-place finish in the PIAA District 3 Tournament at Hersheypark Arena.

Straley lost to Lancaster Catholic's Chase Haberstroh 5-0 in the 171-pound Class AA semifinals, but rebounded to win his consolation match.

Chambersburg's Jimmy Hughes (112) and Joey Wilmot (160) both lost in the consolation semifinals and went 0-2 on Saturday, bringing their seasons to an end.

Barrick finishes fifth

LEHIGH, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy sophomore Cody Barrick concluded an outstanding season with a fifth-place finish in the 145-pound bracket at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament.

Barrick suffered a loss on Friday and had to battle back through the consolation round to become Mercersburg's 152nd placewinner at the National Prep.

Barrick (43-7) scored an 8-6 win over Fred Green of St. Mary's 8-6 and dispatched Maryland state champion Curtis Holmes of McDonogh, 7-3. After a 9-2 loss to Kiski Prep's John Regan, Barrick secured fifth place with an 8-3 win over Patrick Downey of Mount St. Joseph.

Mercersburg's Garrick Skubon (135) won one match before defaulting with an injury and A. J. Firestone (285) had one win in three matches.

GIRLS BASKETBALL



Musselman 40, Hampshire 36

INWOOD, W.Va. - Nikki Stephenson scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Musselman rally to beat Hampshire in the West Virginia Class AAA Region II Section 1 championship game.

The Applemen (18-5) will play Jefferson - a 54-34 winner over Hedgesville on Saturday - in the Region II final Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hedgesville.

The Trojans (9-14), who lost to Musselman by 31 and 11 points in their two-regular-season meetings, slowed the tempo of the game and nearly pulled off the upset, leading by four at the start of the fourth quarter.

"It was obvious they wanted to slow the ball down on us and keep the score down," Musselman coach Mike Marsh said. "We got it done. It wasn't the best of our games, but we did get it done."

Stephenson also had 12 rebounds for Musselman, while Morgan Harms has six points and four steals.

Jefferson 54, Hedgesville 34

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Aissa Diehl had 14 points and five assists to help Jefferson rout Hedgesville in the W.Va. Class AAA Region II Section 2 final

Dakea Marshall 11 points and 12 rebounds and Katie Danno had 12 points and three steals for the Cougars (18-4).

Greyson Brooks led the Eagles (15-6) with nine points.

Berkeley Springs 62, Frankfort 54

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Jess Haynes had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Amber Booher had 17 points and nine rebounds as Berkeley Springs beat Frankfort in the Class AA Region II Section 2 Tournament.

Alex Tamex had seven points, six assists and five rebounds, Rebecca Trump had seven rebounds, while Kelsey McCoy had eight points and five rebounds for the Indians (16-7).

Amber Booher, Jess Haynes and Rebecca Trump made the All-Tournament team for Berkeley Springs.

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