2. Parkersburg South
4. East Fairmont
6. Wheeling Park
10. North Marion
1. Oak Glen
3. Point Pleasant
4. Calhoun County
6. Roane County
7. Braxton County
8. Greenbrier West
9. Wirt County
10. Berkeley Springs
In the AAA division, Parkersburg High remains on top. The Big Reds finished 16th out of 81 teams at the Beast of the East tourney at the University of Delaware on December 21-22. PHS finalists included Shyver 6th 112; Rader 5th 119; Knapp 8th 135; and Thomas 10th 215. Last weekend Parkersburg placed fourth at the Powerade Christmans Tournament at Trinity High School in Washington Pa.
Parkersburg South remains at #2. Last weekend (27-28) the Patriots finished second at the Brecksville Holiday Tournament in Brecksville Ohio. Finalists for South included 103 Aaron Kelley - 5th Place; 112 Felix Osuna Cotto - 4th Place; 119 Chad Porter - 6th Place; 125 Shane Grogg - 1st Place; 145 Seth Young - 6th Place; 152 Codi Norman - 3rd Place; 160 Kyle Walters - 1st Place; 171 Bryce Pickens - 5th Place. Parkersburg High and South will meet each other in a dual on January 22 at South.
Brooke remains at third. The Bruins went 7-1 at the Wheeling Park duals, losing to tourney champ Buckeye Local, while notching victories over Wheeling Park, Woodward Academy, Edgewood, University, Morgantown, Indian Creek, and Steubenville. The way the pools developed at Park, potential match-ups with East Fairmont and Ripley never materialized. Brooke's January schedule is comprised of several local dual events, the OVAC January 23-25, and a scheduled meeting with Parkersburg High in a quad at Preston on January 29 with Fairmont Senior.
Likewise, East Fairmont remains in the fourth spot. The Bees were also 7-1 at Wheeling Park, losing to Buckeye Local and posting wins over Tippecanoe, Ripley, Hedgesville, Weir, Buckhannon, Wheeling Park, and Carrollton. East Fairmont is scheduled to meet #1 Parkersburg in a quad at University on January 4, and will be hitting the Nitro Invitational, the Winners Choice, and the WSAZ in January.
Ripley remains at the five spot. If anyone drew a favorable pool at Wheeling Park it certainly wasn't the Vikings. Ripley drew Buckeye Local as its first match of the tourney and wrestled to a 36-36 tie. Ripley's only loss of the tourney was to East Fairmont 45-21 later on day one, while posting victories over Hedgesville, Tippecanoe, Weir, North Marion, Martinsburg, and Edgewood.
Wheeling Park enters the poll at #6. The Patriots have been up and down in recent years, but this year appear to be up and legit. Park went 6-2 at the WP duals losing to Brooke and East Fairmont. A few names to remember include Green 103, Humphrey 119, Nelson 125, Tominak 189, and Hercules 215.
Nitro remains at #7. The Wildcats are known to be a strong tournament team, finishing third at the Knight's Inn Invitational in St Clairsville Ohio on December 27-28. Nitro finished with the most individual champions, as Anthony Easter (103), Matt Easter (130), John Evans (135) and Mitch Casto (160) all finished in first. The Nitro Invitational on January 10-11 is scheduled to include no fewer than 5 AAA teams in the top ten (East Fairmont, Buckhannon, Huntington, Nitro, and North Marion) and three AA/A top ten teams (Calhoun, Point Pleasant, and Shady Spring). Here's hoping that some Kanawha County fan will shoot the results of this big tourney our way.
Rounding out the top ten are Huntington, Buckhannon, and North Marion. Huntington will have the chance to raise their stock at Nitro on January 10-11 and at the WSAZ on January 24-25. Buckhannon-Upshur enters the poll at the ninth spot on the basis of a 5-3 finish at the Wheeling Park Duals. The word on Buckhannon in the Coaches hospitality room at Park was "...they're better than I thought they would be." North Marion rounds out the WV-Mat Top Ten, as fans look forward to the Nitro Invitational to help sort things out.
University fans may correctly wonder why their team isn't in the poll, particularly since they own a dual meet victory over Buckhannon 45-33 on December 18 at Buckhannon. That is a good question, and the Hawks will have a chance to make the WV-Mat pollsters look foolish on January 17-18 at the Winners Choice in Fairmont.
In the AA/A division, Oak Glen remains on top and will probably stay there until there until some other AA/A team gives reason to dislodge them. The Golden Bears ran away with the Knight's Inn Invitational in St. Clairsville on December 27-28, scoring 357 points, while second-place Dover had 253 and Nitro took third with 235. Oak Glen demonstrated its depth via the fact that they had no individual champions, but did place their entire team in the finals.
Williamstown stays at #2, and looks to have a busy January with the Jackson County Invitational coming up this weekend, along with the Winners Choice and the WSAZ later this month.
Point Pleasant moves up to #3, on the basis of a dual meet victory over Calhoun 39-33 on December 28. Fans will be looking forward to the Nitro Invitational on January 10-11 where Calhoun, Point, Shady Spring, Wirt County and a host of other AA/A and AAA powers are scheduled to go head to head in tournament format.
Calhoun County drops one notch to #4. The Red Devils are idle this weekend, and should be well rested for the Nitro Invitational on January 10-11 and the Braxton Big 16 on January 17-18.
Cameron remains at #5. The Dragons likewise will be busy in January, with a scheduled dual with Williamstown on January 15 at Tyler Consolidated, along with the Cameron Tri-State on January 11 and the OVAC later in January.
Roane County remains at number six. The Raiders hosted a tough quad over the holidays, dropping matches to Calhoun 46-29 and Point Pleasant 40-33, while besting Grafton 48-35.
The seventh through tenth spots remain something of a mystery. Braxton County moves up to #7 on the basis of a solid performance at the Greenbrier West Duals on December 28, including a 51-26 victory over host West. Greenbrier West drops one place to #8, Wirt County comes in at #9, a four-way tie for tenth remains with Berkeley Springs, Herbert Hoover, Shady Spring and Independence.