O’Connor is state runner-up
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.– Only three weight classes in the West Virginia Class AA/A State Tournament were not won by the top-ranked wrestler on Thursday at the Huntington Civic Center.
Oak Glen senior Kyler O’Connor was one the few grapplers in the tournament to take down a top-ranked wrestler as he beat Lewis County’s Will Kuhn 2-0 in the 195-pound semifinal.
O’Connor’s strong run didn’t extend into the final though as Braxton County’s Logan Conley won 4-1. Conley was ranked second in the weight class by the West Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association, while O’Connor was third.
Conley, senior, got a takedown in the first period and reversal in the second period to build a 4-0 advantage. O’Connor (18-2) had an escape in the third for his point.
“Kyler just came up a little short tonight,” Oak Glen coach Patrick McGillian said. “If they wrestled many times, it could be different, but tonight it wasn’t our time.”
The rest of the Oak Glen contingent was up to the task on Thursday.
“We wrestled very well this weekend. We placed six of eight. That’s a good percentage,” Oak Glen head coach Patrick McGillian said. “The guys all did their parts.”
Oak Glen freshman Logan Davis is off to a great start in his high school career with a third place showing at 106 pounds.
Davis (21-3) was handed an injury default victory in the consolation final after East Fairmont’s Levi Carpenter retired.
Oak Glen junior Clayton Lamb (19-6) was sent to the consolation bracket after a loss in the championship semifinal early on Thursday.
After a loss in the consolation semifinals, Lamb rebounded with a 4-3 win over Herbert Hoover’s Dylan Corbin in the fifth-place match.
Oak Glen senior Kaden Lundy (15-7) capped his prep career by taking sixth at 126 pounds.
Oak Glen sophomore Braxton Dlugopolski (17-9) fell in the 138-pound consolation semifinals but rebounded in the fifth-place match with a pin of Braxton County’s Logan Bennettin 2:24.
Oak Glen senior Dylan Heinrich (19-7) went out on the podium as he finished fifth after an 8-0 major decision over Nicholas County’s Dalton Hanshaw.
Oak Glen finished fifth as a team with 87 points. Point Pleasant ran away with the team title with six individual championships on its way to 247.5 points.
(Kim North contributed
to this report)
Dillon Perdue (Independence) dec. Logan Davis (Oak Glen), 10-8
Logan Davis (Oak Glen) dec. Nathan Wood (Point Pleasant), 4-3
Logan Davis (Oak Glen) inj. default Levi Carpenter (East Fairmont)
Brody Hess (North Marion) dec. Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen), 3-1
Joshua Goode (Shady Spring) maj. dec. Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen), 9-1
Clayton Lamb (Oak Glen) dec. Dylan Corbin (Herbert Hoover), 4-3
Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen) pin Kody Camp (Ritchie County), 2:58
Thomas Ours (Petersburg) pin Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen), 3:23
Tyler Teel (Herbert Hoover) dec. Kaden Lundy (Oak Glen), 10-9
Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen) dec. Jacob Landis (Petersburg), 7-2
Kolton Parsons (Wirt Co.) dec. Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen), 4-0
Braxton Dlugopolski (Oak Glen) pin Logan Bennett (Braxton Co.), 2:24
Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen) dec. Justin Paletti (Braxton County), 4-2
Nick Scott (Fairmont Sr.) dec. Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen), 5-4
Dylan Heinrich (Oak Glen) maj. dec. Dalton Hanshaw (Nicholas Co.) 8-0
Kyler O’Connor (Oak Glen) dec. Will Kuhn (Lewis County), 2-0
Logan Conley (Braxton Co.) dec. Kyler O’Connor (Oak Glen), 4-1