RIPLEY –  Viking senior state champion wrestler Lucas Simpkins can now add the Dutton Award to his trophy case.  

Simpkins, who capped off a dominant senior season by winning the 138 pound state championship, was named the Robert Dutton Award winner for his performance during the season.  

The Dutton Award, given annually to West Virginia’s best overall prep wrestler by the West Virginia Sportswriter’s association, is sponsored by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Simpkins is the first Viking wrester to win the award.