We are the champions; Ripley Middle wrestling wins WSAZ event

Mark Martin

One of the toughest tournaments around on the high school and middle school wrestling scene is the annual WSAZ Invitational.

And the toughest of them all in the middle school division for 2021 is Ripley.

Luke Parsons’ team captured the crown in Huntington.

The Vikings accumulated 148.5 points to slip past Milton, who scored 147. Mountaineer, out of Morgantown, was third with 142.5 while Parkersburg-based Edision finished with 139.5 for fourth. A total of 13 teams competed.

Ripley had three finalists and one champion.

Ethan Kay at 128 brought home an individual title with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Milton’s Lucas Hager in the championship match.

Kay earned a bye in the opening round before pinning Brandt Butcher of Edison in the first period to make his way to the final.

Garrett Brown was a runner-up at 135. Brown received a bye to start the tournament and then wasted little time in reaching the championship by pinning Point Pleasant’s Cooper Craig in the first period.

Brown fell by a second period pin to Noah Hagedorn of Mountaineer in his title match.

At 155, Cooper Durst also placed second. Durst pinned Issac Price of Milton in the first period and Ryder Ludrosky of Mountaineer in the second for a shot at the title. He suffered a tough, 6-2, decision to Josh Woyan of Point Pleasant for the championship.

Placing third for Ripley was Michael Vaughan at 171.

Cayden Bissell (78), Eli Phalen (90), Dylan Anderson (102), Cam Good (110), Mason Philyaw (116) and Carter Neal (190) all placed fourth for Ripley.