By RICK THORP
HUNTINGTON - Thirty-seven OVAC grapplers remain alive for championships as Day 2 of the 66th annual West Virginia High School Wrestling Championships begins this morning at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Brooke’s Chance Pattison, top, wrestles Buckhannon-Upshur’s Dakota Linger on Thursday night in a Class AAA 126-pound match. Linger won by technical fall, 18-1.
Action starts at 10:30 a.m. with championship quarterfinal and first- and second-round consolations. At 7:30 p.m., championship semifinals will take place, along with third-round consolations.
All of the area's Class AAA squads advanced at least one wrestler, with Parkersburg South leading the way with nine of its 12 qualifiers in the quarterfinals.
The Patriots are followed by Wheeling Park and Brooke, which had six and five advance, respectively.
University has three quarterfinalists, with John Marshall and Morgantown having two each.
Parkersburg South is trying to claim its fifth straight Class AAA championship, but Coach Donna Dixon's squad sits in third place. The Patriots are in a battle with host Huntington and cross-town rival Parkersburg. The Highlanders and Big Red are tied for the lead with 33 points.
Wheeling Park and Brooke are tied for eighthW. with 15 points.
In Class AA-A, Oak Glen has five of the area's nine quarterfinalists. Cameron has two, while Magnolia and Madonna each have one.
Point Pleasant, the three-time defending champion in the class, moved up to AAA this season opening the door for a new winner.
Currently, Clay County sits in first, a half point better than Greenbrier West. Wirt County is third and Oak Glen is ninth.
Wheeling Park had a strong night, with all but two advancing. Winners for the Patriots were: Dallas Baciak (113), Dylan Taylor (138), Jonny Davis (145), Danny Colby (160), Cody Amos (182) and Geremy Paige (195).
Nate Dawson began his quest to repeat as the 195-pound champion with a 14-5 major decision of Greenbrier East's Joe Sampson. He'll be joined in the quarterfinals by teammates Preston Wise (285), Skippy Scurry (182), Dillon Shaw (152) and Matthew Beaman (120).
Cullen Ebbert (220) and Casey Mowder (132) advanced for John Marshall.
Winners for Parkersburg South included Logan Ball (106), Lance Hill (113), Braidon Knotts (120), Kyle Knotts (126), Jordan Quiocho (132), Jake Alexander (152), Briar Shively (160), Drake Mills (170) and Thomas Hall (285).
Isaiah Hood (126), Scott Lopez (132) and Nate Constante (170) won for University, while Taylor Ortiz (285) and Logan Wotring (170) were victorious for Morgantown.
The Golden Bears picked up victories in five of the first six weight classes - Danny Wyke (113), Josh Cornell (120), Kyle Mack (126), Avery Flowers (132) and Nick Tice (138).
Dillon Blake (145), participating in his fourth state tournament, and Dalton Wood (106) won for Cameron.
Magnolia senior Jared Wright moved on by topping Bluefield's Shawn Pennington in a major decision, 15-4.
Of the three schools in AA-A that have one representative - Madonna, Tyler Consolidated and Clay-Battelle - just one, Madonna, saw its wrestler advance.
Garrett Hypes posted a major decision of Calhoun County's David Overbay at 152 pounds.