HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Wahama won’t be bringing home its first individual wrestling title this year, but the White Falcons are still making plenty of history after two days of competition at the 66th annual WVSSAC state championships held at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County.
Wahama — which had a school-record five grapplers qualify for this weekend’s Class AA-A state tournament — has already shattered the old marks for wins and points scored at a state tournament, as the White Falcons currently sit 10th overall in the team standings with 49 points.
Wahama — which owns a collective overall record of 13-6 after two days of individual competition — has more than doubled the program’s previous-best total of 23 points, as was set by third-place finisher Perry Ellis during the 2005 campaign. WHS will also have four grapplers competing in Saturday matches, although none of them will be competing for state titles.
Senior Crandale Neal, juniors Randall Robie, Kane Roush and Colton Neal, and sophomore Demetrius Serevicz all came away victorious in their opening match on Thursday evening, but only Colton Neal managed a second straight victory Friday morning, allowing the junior to advance to the 182-pound championship semifinal match on Friday night.
Colton Neal — a first-time state qualifier — ultimately lost a 6-0 decision to Garrett Onderko of East Fairmont in that semifinal, eliminating any hopes of a state championship for the White Falcons. Neal currently sits 2-1 on the weekend and can finish as high as third in the 182 division.
Robie, Roush and Crandale Neal are also still eligible for third-place finishes, as the trio each sits 3-1 overall headed into Saturday competition. Robie (126) and Roush (160) are both state returnees from a year ago, while Crandale Neal is making his first state appearance in the 170-pound category.
Serevicz — a first-time state qualifier — is finished for the weekend after posting a 2-2 overall mark.
Greenbrier West leads the Class AA-A field after two days with 115.5 points, with Independence (95.5), East Fairmont (94.5), Wirt County (74) and North Marion (73) rounding out the top five team spots.
Complete results of the 66th annual WVSSAC Class AA-A wrestling meet are available on the web at wvmat.com