B-U’s Cutright to wrestle for title

HUNTINGTON – Buckhannon-Upshur’s Seth Cutright will compete for a championship for the second straight year after advancing Friday night at the state wrestling tournament at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Cutright, who captured last year’s title at 152-pounds, will face Wheeling Park’s Eric Banks today for the 160-pound championship.

A technical fall decision (17-2) over Oak Hill’s Marc Williams in the semifinals put the talented senior back in championship bracket.Cutright defeated Ripley’s Preston Martin by pin fall in the quarterfinals.

Cutright’s teammate Brandon Tenney (113) lost to Huntington’s Alex Haddox in the quarterfinals, while the Bucs’ Daniel Nolte (285) fell to George Washington’s David Smith, 1-0

Lewis County will have two wrestlers competing for state titles – Ryan Carson (195) defeated Huntington’s Ryan Mills in the semifinals and Kyle Rogers (170) pinned Parkersburg’s Codie Barrows.

Entering today’s consolation and championship matches, Huntington leads Parkersburg 156-134 for the team title. Parkersburg South, Wheeling Park, George Washington, Point Pleasant, B-U, Cabell Midland, Ripley and Washington comprise the top 10.

Lewis County is 11th.

In Class AA-A, Philip Barbour’s James Bell and Travis Pomp both advanced to the quarterfinals before falling in semifinal action.

Bell (160) lost an 8-4 decision to Greenbrier West’s Malik Boatwright.

Pomp, meanwhile, came up just short, falling to Clay County’s Wyatt Dawson by a score of 7-5.

Independence tops the team standings, followed by Greenbrier West, North Marion, Fairmont Senior, Oak Glen, Calhoun County, Clay County, Roane County, Williamstown and East Fairmont to round out the top 10. Philip Barbour is tied for 28th.

Consolation action will begin at 10:45 a.m. today.

The final rounds are set for 6 p.m.