Point, Wahama earn top-10 finishes at WSAZ

Bryan Walters

January 27, 2014

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant wrestling team finished fourth overall in the Class AAA bracket, while Wahama came away with seventh place in the AA-A division this past weekend at the 2014 WSAZ Invitational held at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County.

The Big Blacks — who finished sixth overall out of a combined 35 teams — posted a group tally of 154.5 points, which trailed only Huntington (251), Parkersburg South (204) and George Washington (172.5) in the Class AAA division. Cabell Midland (142.5) was also fifth in the big-school bracket.

PPHS had eight grapplers place in their respective weight divisions, which included a pair of runner-up efforts and three top-four finishes.

Guy Fisher went 3-1 and finished second in the 126-pound division , while Jon Peterson ended the weekend with second place in the 182 weight class following a 3-1 effort. Tannor Hill was also third in the 195 division with a 4-1 mark.

John Raike (132), Austin Rutter (152) and Josh Hudson (160) each placed sixth in their respective weight classes. Rutter went 4-3 overall, while Raike was 3-2 and Hudson was 2-1. Both Raike and Hudson had to foreit at least one match due to injury.

Jacob Duncan was seventh in the 220-pound weight class with a 4-2 mark, while Scotty Wilcox was eighth overall in the 113 division following a 3-3 effort. Austin Wamsley (120), Andrew Roach (138), Dakota Swann (138), Hunter White (145), Grant Safford (170) and Alec Stanley (285) also recorded at least one win apiece at the event.

The White Falcons — who finished 23rd overall out of 35 schools — posted a team score of 52 points to finish seventh in the Class AA-A division. Independence won the smaller-school title with 215 points, while Greenbrier West (162.5) and North Marion (107) rounded out the top-three spots.

Roane County (95.5), Williamstown (85.5) and Herbert Hoover (78) also finished ahead of Wahama in the Class AA-A standings.

Kane Roush led WHS with a 3-1 record and runner-up finish in the 170-pound weight class. Randall Robie was seventh in the 132 division with a 4-2 mark, while Demetrius Serevicz placed seventh in the 195 division with a 3-2 effort.

Complete results of the 2014 WSAZ Invitational are available on the web at