2017 WV A State Champions

The Wirt County High School Wrestling team was announced Single “A” State Champions on February 25th, 2017. This is the first time since 1968 that the wrestling team has conquered this task.

There were eight student athletes that participated in the state tournament. The following students are listed with their weight class: Cole Cheuvront 113, Wyatt Powell 120, Colton Whipkey 126, Hunter Moore 145, Noah Garrett 152, Aaron Life 160, Joseph Powell 170, Michael Burns 220.

The tournament started on Thursday, February 23rd. The WCHS Wrestling team traveled to Huntington to embark on their journey as successful student athletes. Every qualifier got a chance to prove themselves, and everything they have worked for, on the first day.

Hunter Moore strives to get a pin against his opponent in the state tournament.

Getting the news that you were going to the state tournament must’ve been very exciting for these boys. Hunter Moore lost in the semi-finals and ended up getting 3rd in the state. When asked how it felt to participate in states, Hunter said, “It feels good because you have to be the best to take out the best.” Hunter also has high expectations for next year. His expectations are to be “State Champions. Team and Individual.”

Michael Burns lost in the finals, but was given 2nd place in the tournament. When senior, Michael Burns, was asked how it felt to win the Single “A” State Championship he responded with, “On a scale from 1-10, it was about a 25.” This proves how much it means to this athlete.

The ref raises Michael Burns’ arm in victory.

Aaron Life also participated in the state tournament. His advice to the underclassmen next year is, “Work hard because you’ll regret not putting your all into it. It goes by way faster than you would ever think.”

Wyatt Powell finished 6th in the state. When Wyatt reflected on this year’s tournament compared to last year he said, “State went a lot better this year because everybody worked hard for a common goal and didn’t just give up when things got hard.” Wyatt hopes to get a repeat next year, as well as getting an individual title for himself.

Colten Whipkey also competed at the state tournament level this year. He said, “It felt awesome to be a freshman going to state.” This is a huge accomplishment for a student athlete at such a young age. It shows his potential and we can only hope that he progresses further each year.

Our community celebrated the championship by escorting in our boys through the town of Elizabeth. They were led by firetrucks and followed by parents and supportive community members.

Congratulations Wirt County High School Wrestling team for all of your accomplishments this year. Good luck to the seniors and to the underclassmen next year.