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City of Buckhannon hosts Champions Day

The Inter-Mountain photos by Amanda Hayes The City of Buckhannon hosted Champions Day May 28 at Jawbone Park to recognize state champion teams from Buckhannon-Upshur High School. May 28 was declared B-U 4-H Air Rifle Team Day, recognizing the team of Clinton Crites, Olivia Caynor and Ryan Bosley, which finished first in the state, and the team of Breanna Morgan, Sam Canter and Dani Hovis, who finished fourth in the state. Olivia Caynor qualified for the national championship that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From left are Hudson Riffle, coach Dave Riffle, Dani Hovis, Ryan Bosley, Olivia Caynor, Breanna Morgan, Sam Canter and coach Craig Presar.
The B-UHS Girls 200-meter freestyle relay team won the state championship with a time of 1:42:39. May 28 was also declared B-U Ladies’ 200-meter Freestyle Day in the City of Buckhannon. Vincent was also recognized for setting a state record 23.69 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle, and May 28 was also designated as Cadence Vincent Day. From left are assistant coach Brittany Squires and coach Will Squires (who was named Big 10 Conference Coach of the Year), and student-athletes Cadence Vincent, Cameron Zuliani, McKenzie Reynolds and Alayna Whitehair.
Two members of the Buckhannon-Upshur High School wrestling team were also recognized at Champions Day. Junior Julius Hobbs won the 126-pound weight class on Feb. 29 at the West Virginia AAA wrestling championship, bringing back the eighth individual state championship in the B-U wrestling team’s history. Jacob Smithson finished runner-up to the state champion in his senior and junior years and is one of the most decorated wrestlers in the history of the B-U wrestling program with a match record of 162-31 in his four-year B-UHS wrestling career. May 28 was also declared Jacob Smithson Day and Julius Hobbs Day in the City of Buckhannon. From left are coach Jacob Orr, Hobbs, Smithson and assistant coach Levi Bender.

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