Petersburg’s Moomau earns consecutive state wrestling titles

Submitted photo In the front row are coach Chad Vance, Eli Nazelrodt, Ethan Vanmeter, Jacob Landis, Jacob Cruz Perez, and coach Tony Weatherholt; and in the back row are Austin Locklear, jacob Hartman, Doug Morral, Jackson Moomau, Alec Burgess, Ethan Swick and Zach Wampler.

PAW PAW — Petersburg High School senior Jackson Moomau was named Champion of the Year in wrestling for the AA Potomac Valley Conference section.

Moomau is now the first Petersburg Vikings wrestler to ever capture back-to-back state titles.

Moomau rocked the annual state tournament venue at the Big Sandy Arena in Huntington his junior year as champion of the 182 pound weight class. He grew to take a senior year first-place finish in the 195 pound pairings this year.

“He got stronger, just kept lifting, and got crazy with lifting,” Petersburg wrestling coach Tony Weatherholt said. “He lives and breathes it. Jackson has a very unique way to wrestle, it takes a lot to beat him.”

Doug Morral, a junior, is both a football player and a wrestler for the Vikings.

“Doug knows how to run and grab opponents, and throw them down,” Weatherholt said.

“We had a good practice one day when I had Doug stand at the end of the mat to see who could get past him. Nobody could,” said Weatherholt.

“You have to make practice fun and about the sport,” Weatherholt said. “If you make practice fun, they’ll stick with it.”