HUNTINGTON — Four of the Buckhannon-Upshur Buccaneers’ seven state-tournament competitors remain in the hunt for a state title after the opening round of action at the 2013 WVSSAC Wrestling Championships.
Brandon Tenney at 106 pounds, Dakota Linger at 126, Seth Cutright at 152 and Daniel Nolte moved into the championship quarterfinals with first-round wins Thursday evening and Linger, Cutright and Nolte all put away their opponents early.
Linger and Cutright both won by technical fall, with Linger defeating Brooke’s Chance Pattison 18-1 and Cutright shutting out Shady Spring’s Henry Matos by a 16-0 spread. Nolte secured the Bucs’ only opening-round win by pin fall, stopping his match against Preston’s Shane Catlett at the 3:24 mark.
“Dakota and Seth both did a good job getting their guys to the mat and finding ways to turn them,” B-U head coach J.P. Tenney remarked. “If you can find a way to turn a guy even one time, that can make a big difference in these matches.
“Daniel got his guy taken down right at the end of the first period. In the second period, he started down [in the bottom position] and got out right away. Then, he took his guy down and turned him for the pin.”
Brandon Tenney advanced with the Bucs’ only decision win of the day, pulling away from Wheeling Park’s Tyson Lira to win by an 8-1 margin.
Two Bucs came out on the short end of razor-thin decisions though, as B-U 113-pounder Ethan Hull fell 2-1 to Greenbrier East’s Jared Morgan and B-U 132-pounder Matt Fair lost by a 3-1 score to Ripley’s Austin Hileman, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the state at 132 pounds.
“In the last 30 seconds of the match, Ethan was in a situation where [Morgan] was on his leg and we were fighting him off,” J.P. Tenney said. “He came terribly close to being able to lock up [a takedown] which would’ve given us two points and a win. It’s a game of inches.
"In Matt’s match, [Hileman] got a takedown in the first period. In the second period, we started down and got out early to get a point. In the third period, we cut [Hileman] loose to give him his third point, but we just couldn’t get the takedown we needed. Again, it’s a game of inches.”
B-U junior Tyler Demastes also dropped into the consolation bracket in the 120-pound weight class after being pinned in the first round by Point Pleasant’s Guy Fisher, also ranked No. 3 in the state in his weight class. Demastes, Fair and Hull will now all attempt to battle back for a state place-winning position as high as third place when consolation quarterfinal action begins Friday.
“The mental approach is pretty much the same for those guys, but they’ve got to come out ready to go, or their season could be over,” Tenney said. “So, they’ve got to come out with a little something extra. We’ve had guys who have done it before. Daniel [Nolte] did it last year and won fifth place.”
When action resumes at 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Bucs’ four competitors in the championship bracket will all face top-10 competition from around the state, according to the most recent WVMat.com poll. Tenney will face the No. 1 ranked 106-pounder in Huntington’s Logan Grass and Linger, the state’s top-ranked 126-pounder after a Region II championship run, will also face a Huntington Highlander, matching up against No. 3 ranked Chase Childers.
Cutright, the No. 2 ranked 152-pounder, will face Parkersburg South’s Jake Alexander, ranked fifth in the division. Nolte, ranked third in the state after his Region II title win, will face the No. 6 220-pounder in Point Pleasant’s Jacob Duncan.
The Bucs’ first-round results and upcoming matches:
106 — Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon-Upshur, dec. Tyson Lira, Wheeling Park, 8-1
113 — Jared Morgan, Greenbrier East, dec. Ethan Hull, Buckhannon-Upshur, 2-1
120 — Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, p. Tyler Demastes, Buckhannon-Upshur, 1:04
126 — Dakota Linger, Buckhannon-Upshur, tech. fall Chance Pattison, Brooke, 18-1
132 — Austin Hileman, Ripley, dec. Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur, 3-1
152 — Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur, tech. fall Henry Matos, Shady Spring, 16-0
220 — Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon-Upshur, p. Shane Catlett, Preston, 3:24
106 — Brandon Tenney (freshman, 34-6) vs. Logan Grass, Huntington (sophomore, 36-5)
126 — Dakota Linger (junior, 37-5) vs. Chase Childers, Huntington (senior, 30-8)
152 — Seth Cutright (junior, 36-6) vs. Jake Alexander, Parkersburg South (senior, 21-6)
220 — Daniel Nolte (junior, 33-5) vs. Jacob Duncan, Point Pleasant (sophomore, 19-5)
113 — Ethan Hull, Buckhannon-Upshur (junior, 25-19) vs. Hunter Fischer, Cabell Midland (freshman, 30-19)
120 — Tyler Demastes, Buckhannon-Upshur (junior, 31-18) vs. Josh Lilley, Woodrow Wilson (junior, 17-9)
132 — Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur (junior, 29-15) vs. Stevie Porter, Point Pleasant (senior, 39-2)
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