HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — They did it again. They did it again.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team repeated as team champions this past weekend at the 2012 WSAZ Wrestling Invitational held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Cabell County.
The Big Blacks had two individual champions and 11 top-six efforts while posting a winning team score of 250 points, finishing 3.5 points ahead of runner-up Huntington (246.5). North Marion (163), Cabell Midland (150) and Gallia Academy (148.5) rounded out the top-five spots at the 35-team event.
Wahama (39.0) and River Valley (27.0) also had respective team finishes of 21st and 24th during Friday and Saturday’s contest. Neither the Raiders nor the White Falcons had a top-six finish individually, while the Blue Devils scored a half-dozen top-six efforts.
PPHS juniors Steven Porter and Noah Searls were the only individual champions within the Ohio Valley Publishing area, as Porter won the 126-pound division and Searls captured the 132-pound weight class crown. Point junior Zach Nibert was also a runner-up in the 160 division.
John Raike (106), Micah Powell (120), Gabe Loggins (138) and Josh Hereford (170) all placed third for the Big Blacks in their respective weight classes, while Guy Fisher (113) and Trevor Hill (152) both finished fourth overall.
Brycen Reymond (182) and Jacob Starcher (195) both finished sixth for Point Pleasant, while Michael Patterson (113) scored a seventh-place finish for the PPHS ‘B’ team. The Point ‘B’ team finished tied with Fairland for 22nd overall with 35.0 points.
GAHS was led by senior Brandon Taylor, who was the runner-up in the 170-pound weight class. Zack Tackett (182) and Briggs Shoemaker (195) also had respective finishes of third place.
Aaron Guisinger was fourth overall in the heavyweight division, while Mark Allen (160) and Cole Tawney (120) had respective placings of fifth and sixth. Scotty Warren was also seventh in the heavyweight division.
Wahama’s top effort came from Randle Robie, who placed seventh overall in the 120-pound weight class. RVHS did not have a competitor finish in the top-eight spots.
Complete results of the 2012 WSAZ Wrestling Invitational are available on the web at wvmat.com