KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Two out of three ain’t bad.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team captured its second team title in three years Friday and Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Air Force Indian Classic held at Dobyns-Bennett High School in the Volunteer State.
The Big Blacks posted a winning team tally of 245.5 points over the 33-team field, which was five-plus points ahead of eventual runner-up Gilmer. Defending-champion Bremen was third overall with 219.5 points, while Pigeon Forge (151) and Bob Jones (149) rounded out the top-five team finishes.
PPHS — which finished second a year ago after winning the 2010 title — had three individuals win weight class championships and also had a total of 11 top-eight efforts in the 14 different divisions.
John Raike (120), T.R. Hill (160) and Zach Nibert (170) each came away with 4-0 records and championships in the respective weight classes, while Noah Searls went 3-1 in the 138-pound division for second place.
Guy Fisher (126), Micah Powell (132) and Jon Peterson (182) all won third place honors in their respective divisions. Fisher and Powell both went 4-1 overall on the weekend, while Peterson went 5-1 in his weight class.
Caleb Leslie went 4-2 in the 106-pound division and placed fourth, while Zach Stewart went 4-2 and placed fifth in the 113 weight class. Jacob Starcher (2-3) was sixth in the 195-pound division and Jacob Duncan (3-2) was seventh in the 220 division.
Austin Rutter (145), Josh Hudson (152) and Derrick Jackson (285) did not place in their respective weight classes. Rutter went 3-2 overall, while Hudson and Jackson each posted a 1-2 records on the weekend.
Competitors from 10 different states were represented at the annual wrestling event.
Complete results of the 2012 USAF Indian Classic are available on the web at wvmat.com