West Virginia Wrestling

West Virginia Wrestling -- National

With Scholastic and Youth Wrestling (Folkstyle) in West Virginia on the move, we have an increasing level of participation on the National and International scene.

International and Olympic wrestling is in the form of Freestyle and Greco-Roman. While these disciplines differ from Folkstyle, the similarities between Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman are more numerous than their differences.

There are a number of different sponsoring and sanctioning bodies for amateur wrestling which hold championship tournaments in the various disciplines.


USA Wrestling

USA Wrestling is the national governing body of amateur wrestling in the United States and the member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and United World Wrestling (UWW). UWW is the international governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling; its duties include overseeing wrestling at the Olympics. It presides over international competitions for various forms of wrestling, including Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling for men and women, as well as others. The flagship event of UWW is the Wrestling World Championships. It was formerly known as the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (French: Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées, FILA), having assumed its current name in September 2014.

USA Wrestling is recognized as the governing body for wrestling nationally and internationally. It is through USA Wrestling that athletes may compete at the World Championships, the Olympics and in all events against foreign nations. USA Wrestling puts on the U.S. Nationals, and all the age group nationals (University, Espoir, Junior, Cadet, Kids).

USA Wrestling in West Virginia is represented by State USA Wrestling state chairman Bill Archer of Huntington. The USA Wrestling national team of West Virginia is coached by Robbie Archer of Huntington. For membership information/requests contact:
Bill Archer
510 9th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 522-3413 (H)

The West Virginia National team has a qualifying tournament in March or April with the national training camp held ten days before the Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

The terms "Cadet" and "Junior" refer to the ages of the participants and goes by year of birth. Cadet generally includes wrestlers age 13-15, while Junior generally includes wrestlers under age 19 and enrolled in grades 9-12.

There have been several WV wrestlers place at Cadet and Junior Nationals.

2016 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2015 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2014 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2011 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2010 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2009 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2008 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2006 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2005 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2004 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2001 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results

2000 Freestyle and Greco Nationals, West Virginia results


NHSCA - National High School Coaches Association

The National High School Coaches Association, founded in 1989, hosts several important national wrestling tournaments annually, including the Senior Nationals and the NHSCA Open.

The Senior Nationals are open to High School Seniors who have earned either championship or runner-up honors at their state high school wrestling tournament at some time in their high schol career. The event had its inception in 1990, and is generally held at the end of March annually.

The NHSCA Junior Nationals, originating in 2005, and NHSCA Sophomore Nationals, originating in 2006, are held in conjunction with the Senior Nationals. These are open national championship tournaments for High School sophomores and juniors.

The NHSCA Open is an annual event with Elementary, Middle School, and High School divisions. The first annual NHSCA open was held in 1998. Contestants qualify for the NHSCA Open by placing in the top four at the annual state qualifying tournament. The state qualifying tournament is generally held in April, with the National Open held generally at the end of June.

2016 NHSCA High School Nationals

2015 NHSCA High School Nationals

2014 NHSCA High School Nationals

2013 NHSCA High School Nationals

2012 NHSCA High School Nationals

2011 NHSCA High School Nationals

2011 NHSCA Open

2010 NHSCA High School Nationals

2009 NHSCA National Open Championship

2009 NHSCA Elem/MS/Freshman/Soph/Jr/Senior Nationals

2008 NHSCA Events, WV placewinners

2007 NHSCA Nationals, WV results

2006 NHSCA Senior Nationals, WV results
2006 NHSCA Sophomore and Junior Nationals, WV results
2006 NHSCA Open, WV results

2005 NHSCA Senior Nationals, WV results
2005 NHSCA Junior Nationals, WV results
2005 NHSCA Open, WV results

2004 NHSCA Senior Nationals, WV results
2004 NHSCA Open, WV results

2003 NHSCA Senior Nationals, WV results
2003 NHSCA Open, WV results

2002 NHSCA Senior Nationals
2002 NHSCA Open, WV results

2001 NHSCA Senior Nationals
2001 NHSCA Open, WV results

2000 NHSCA Senior Nationals
2000 NHSCA Open, WV results

1999 NHSCA Senior Nationals
1999 NHSCA Open, WV results

1998 NHSCA Senior Nationals
1998 NHSCA Open

1997 NHSCA Senior Nationals

NHSCA Senior National Championships 1990-2005
West Virginia Placewinners (All-Americans)

2016
    Alex Daniels, Independence, 6-1 3rd (All American)
2014
     Dakota Linger, Buckhannon, 4-3 8th (All-American)
     Terrance Fanning, Preston, 5-2 5th (All-American)
2013
    Justin Arthur, Huntington, Runner-up (All-American)
    Jake Smith, George Washington, 3rd (All-American)
    Jared Haught, Parkersburg, runner-up (All-American)
    Jesse Roman, East Fairmont, fifth place (All-American)
2012
    Dylan Cottrell, Roane County, Runner-up (All-American)
2011
    Justin Riggs, Huntington, 3rd place All-American)
2010
    Jordon Nolan, Parkersburg, 6th place (All-American)
2006
    Abbie Rush, Wheeling Park, 6th, 125
2005
    Brandon Rader, Parkersburg, Champion, 135
    Mitch Smith, Ripley, 4th 140
    Chance Litton, Parkersburg, Champion 171
2004
    Robert Shyver, Parkersburg,6th 130
    Lou Thomas, Parkersburg, 2nd 215
2003
    Matt Easter, Nitro, 4th 125
2002
    Nathan Pickens, Parkersburg South, 6th 152
    Jeff Courtney, Fairmont Senior, 4th 189
2001
    Ash Gandee, Ravenswood, 7th 112
2000
    Anthony Regalbuto, Hedgesville, 4th 140
1999
    Alex Reed, Point Pleasant, 4th 103
    Jason Ward, Cabell Midland, 2nd 152
1998
1997
    Ryan Muldrew, John Marshall, 5th 125
    John Jackson, Jefferson, 7th 140
    Mike Sharpe, Parkersburg South, 7th 215
1996
    Jeremy Hart, Independence, 7th 130
    Kevin Acord, Independence, 4th 140
1995
    Tim Higgins, Parkersburg, 4th 130
    Cliff Ward, John Marshall, 7th 130
    Jason Taylor, Wheeling Park, 6th 112
1994
    Mark Samples, George Washington, 2nd 140
1993
    Robbie Archer, Huntington, 7th 112
    Mike Mason, Williamstown, 3rd 135
    Doug Moore, North Marion, 7th 135
    Eric Freed, Parkersburg, 8th 140
    Chris Courtney, Fairmont Senior, 6th 275
1992
1991
    Jay Michael, North Marion, 5th 140
1990
    Doug Rexroad, Parkersburg, 4th 10
    Todd Chertow, Huntington, 7th 130



United States Girls Wrestling Association

The United States Girls Wrestling Association (USGWA)was established in 1998 and has become an leading sponsor of women's wrestling events at the national level.

Wirt County's Erica Dye wrestled in the First Annual USGWA National Championship March 28-29, 1998 at Pioneer High School, in Ann Arbor, Michigan going 0-2 in the high school division as an incoming freshman. She returned the next year and placed 9th at 100 lbs, and was runner-up in 2001 and 2002.

Amy Alvero of Weirton Madonna placed 3rd in the 2nd Annual USGWA event in 1999.

Jennifer Bragg of Midland Trail placed 11th in 2003 High School division at 114 lbs, while St Mary's Danielle Cox was runner-up in the Middle School 120 class.

Buckhannon Upshur's Brittany Woodall was champion in the Middle School division in 2003 at 110 lbs, and placed third at 110 lbs in 2004 in the High School division.

In 2004 Parkersburg South's Jessica Teter was champion at 104.5 in the Middle School division.

Also in 2004, Erin Shaffer of the Bruceton Mills (Preston County) mat club was 8th as Middle School 105, Shannon Griffin of Hedgesville was runner-up at Middle School 120, and Danielle Cox was champion at Middle School 137.

In 2005, Parkersburg South's Jessica Teter was champ at Middle School 104.5, while Shannon Griffin was runner-up at Middle School 137.5.

In 2006, Teter was runner-up at High School 105, losing in the finals to Caitlyn Chase (Hanover Park, IL, the first four-time TheMat.com/ASICS Girls High School All-American).

2007 - Jessica Teter, Parkersburg South (runner up, 110, USGWA National Championships HS division)
2007 - Brittany Woodall, Buckhannon-Upshur (fourth, 138, USGWA National Championships HS division)
2007 - Danielle Cox, St Marys (8th, 152, USGWA National Championships HS division)



AAU - Amateur Athletic Union

The Amateur Athletic Union hosts a number of opportunities for all age groups, including Folkstyle Nationals.

1999 World Folkstyle Nationals, West Virginia results


NWCA - National Wrestling Coaches Association

This organization holds a National Tournament for graduating seniors in Kansas City. This tourney is growing, but apparantly is not as large as the NHSCA tourney.
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