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State wrestling: Staud champ, Zeiders second

Created on:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   11:10 PM

Last modified:   Sat, Feb 24, 2018   11:10 PM

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HUNTINGTON — Jake Staud got his hand raised one final time on Feb. 24 to signify his state championship.

In what was a role reversal, Staud defeated Parkersburg South’s Tucker Windland, 3-2, in the 120-pound Class AAA finals.

It was only a week earlier that Staud was defeated by Windland by the same score in the regional tournament.

University High 152-pounder Owen Zeiders was unable to capture his own state title.

He was pinned with just two seconds remaining in the first period by Parkersburg South’s Josh Humphreys.

For Humphreys, it was his fourth consecutive state championship, although he has attended three different high schools.


UHS and Preston each had one wrestler finish third in his weight classes.

Preston’s Blake Miller took third at 182, after beating Jace Bradbury of Washington, by major decision (10-2) and then knocked off Spring Valley’s Chase Stevens (9-2) in the consolation finals.

University’s Jacob Simpson also took third, at 126. He beat Tristan Adkins, of Huntington High (7-0) and Jack Lorea, of George Washington by DQ.

Also for the Hawks, Jace Stockett (106) and Ben Gribble (220) took fourth place, while Brise Bennett (132) took sixth.

It was strong showing for Gribble, being it was his first season as a wrestler. The UHS fullback in football split two matches Saturday to take fourth. He beat Payton Lunsford, of Hurricane, 4-3, but Dylan Park of Wheeling Park scored a 3-2 win in the consolation finals.

Gribble’s other loss was 3-1 to Ripley’s B.J. Haynes in the semifinals Friday night.

Stockett defeated Parkersburg South’s Devin Easton by major decision, 10-0, before falling to Michael Dolan, of Spring Mills, 7-0, in the consolation finals.