Point grapplers win 5th straight Cardinal crown
by Bryan Walters
POCA, W.Va. — Now that’s going out on a good note.
The Point Pleasant wrestling team captured its fifth straight Cardinal Conference championship Tuesday night after winning 11 of 14 individual titles at the annual quad match held at Poca High School in Putnam County.
The Big Blacks — who were competing in their final Cardinal Conference tournament before joining the Class AAA ranks next season — surrendered just 19 points combined against the likes of Sissonville, Herbert Hoover and Poca, as Point Pleasant finished the quad with an astounding 198-point advantage.
PPHS, which combined for a 217-19 edge in points through three matches, scored 70 points each against Sissonville (75-0) and Poca (78-6) while also blasting Herbert Hoover by a 64-13 margin. The hosts Dots (2-1) finished as the Cardinal runner-up, while the Indians (1-2) edged out the Huskies (0-3) for third place.
In winning its fifth-straight Cardinal title, Point Pleasant had 11 different league champions — a record for the school over that five-year span. The two-time defending state champions in Class AA also have a grand total of 48 league crowns individually since the 2007-08 campaign.
Of the 11 individual winners from Point, five were repeat champions in the Cardinal Conference — including a third straight for junior Noah Searls. Searls went 2-0 in the 132-pound division to win the crown.
Guy Fisher (113), Steven Porter (126), Josh Hudson (145) and Josh Hereford (170) also won their second straight title Cardinal championship with matching 3-0 marks in their respective divisions.
John Raike (106), James Patterson (120), Zak Davis (152), Jacob Starcher (182), Jacob Gleason (220) and Michael Duncan (285) were also first-time league title winners for the Big Blacks.
Herbert Hoover, which finished last team-wise, had the other three individual championships on the day. Alex Goff (138) won his weight class by a 2-1 record, while Josh Mack (160) and Zane Weese (195) both went 3-0 in their respective divisions.
Complete results of the 2012 Cardinal Conference wrestling quad are available on the web at wvmat.com
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