Carson, Rogers WV
WV STATE CHAMPION WRESTLER KYLE ROGERS
Ryan Carson, WV State Champion Wrestler, shares his exuberance with his coach.
Two juniors Kyle Rogers and Ryan Carson made Lewis County history when they became the first Minutemen teammates to claim titles in the same year.
Rogers, a junior making his third appearance at the state tournament, won his title in the 170 pound weight class. Rogers qualified for the tournament as a freshmen and finished fourth last season.
Carson, also a junior, brought home his title in the 195 pound weight class. Carson was also wrestling in his third state tournament, qualifying as a freshmen and finished second last season. Carson finished the 2013-14 season with a mark of 54-2.
The two joined four other wrestlers in school history to win state wrestling championships.
The others from Lewis County to register state championships included Dave Reed, Bob Queen, A.J Freda and Elijah Hull.
The Lewis County Minutemen wrestling team traveled to Huntington this past weekend to participate in the Class AAA WV State Wrestling Tournament. A total of seven wrestlers from Lewis County made the trip with a pair of those wrestlers coming home with state titles.
Rogers opened up the tournament with a pin over Garrett Wotring of Morgantown.
In the quarter finals, Rogers won a major decision over Tim Blake of Cabell Midland 10-0, to move to the semi finals. In the semi finals, Rogers earned a pin over Codie Barrows of Parkersburg to advance to the Championship match.
In the championship Rogers won a decision over Hunter Jones of George Washington 3-2, to claim the title in his weight class. Rogers outscored his opponents 29-3 in dominating his way to the final and finished the year with a 45-2 record.
Carson's first match was against Akeem Brown of St. Albans which he won by pinning his opponent. In his quarter final match Carson won by a decision against Isaiah Meyers of Wheeling Park to advance to the semi final round.
Carson faced Ryan Mills of Huntington and won by a decision 7-2 to claim his spot in the championship match. Carson would meet Tannor Hill of Point Pleasant in the title match and jumped out to a large lead and brought home his state title when he pinned his opponent.
Other Minutemen wrestlers competing at the states included Corey Thompson, Chance Stalnaker, Jonah Cruz, Caleb Howell and Mason Arbogast.
Thompson, a senior, went 2-2 at the states while Stalnaker, also a senior, went 1-2 at the tournament. Thompson finished his Lewis County career with 101 wins and was a solid wrestler during his years at Lewis County.
Stalnaker, another solid performer for the Minutemen wrestling team, finished a stellar career with 135 wins. The pair along with Carson and Rogers scored points during the state meet to help Lewis County place 12th as team with 60.00 points.
Former coach Eddie Williams was introduced along with the Lewis County wrestling team for his 32 years at the helm of the local program. The current squad's Head Coach is Steve Rogers who is assisted by Jeremy McCarty. The team also had coaching help during the season from Mark Arbogast.
Coach Rogers, with a young team, looks for bigger and better things to come in the future for the Lewis County wrestling program. Rogers was also pleased with the large crowd that traveled from Lewis County to support the local wrestlers.
The Minutemen outscored the Polar Bears 22-16 in the final quarter of play to take a 65-46 win to improve to 14-5.
The Minutemen came out with a 77-30 victory over the Mountaineers to improve to 15-5 on the year.
The Lewis County boys varsity basketball team finished its regular season with a pair of games last week against Fairmont Senior and Liberty. The Minutemen traveled to Fairmont on Monday, Feb. 25, to take on the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears in a Big Ten contest. The Minutemen started the gate fast outscoring Fairmont Senior in the first quarter 16-6.
Lewis County added to its lead in the second quarter by outscoring the Polar Bears 18-15 to take a 34-21 halftime lead. The lead was still 13 points when both teams scored 9 points each in the third quarter.
Johnny Riley had 23 points to lead the Minutemen while Skylar Carlton 15 points and Joe Nichols 14 points added scoring support for Lewis County. Riley and Carlton had 11 rebounds each while the two also had 4 assists.
Lewis County closed it's regular season when they faced Liberty Friday, Feb. 28, at home. The game was the final regular season home game for Seniors Mark Moran, Joe Nichols, Skylar Carlton, Johnny Riley and Tyler Gump. Lewis County will be in action tonight at 7 p.m. when they open sectional tournament play with a game versus the Buckhannon Upshur Buccaneers.
Score By Quarters
Lewis County 16 18 9 22 - 65
Fairmont Senior 6 15 9 16 - 46
Lewis County: Mark Moran 3 0-0 7; Joe Nichols 5 1-1 14; Skylar Carlton 6 3-5 15; Johnny Riley 9 5-7 23; Dylan Gump 1 0-0 2; Tyler Gump 0 0-0 0; Ben Riley 0 2-2 2; Chris Stout 0 0-0 0; Austin Skinner 1 0-0 2; Damien White 0 0-0 0; Jaret Mullooly 0 0-0 0; Thomas Hogan 0 0-0 0; Totals 25 11-15 65; Three Point Field Goals: Nichols - 3; Moran - 1
Fairmont Senior: Darhius Nunn 5 0-0 11; Tavon Horton 5 1-2 11; Isaac Childers 1 0-0 2; Joseph Leon 1 0-2 2; Blake Cehajic 2 0-0 4; Joe Harold 1 1-2 3; Jacob Casalinouva 1 0-0 2; Ben Taylor 0 0-0 0; Marquis Drake 0 0-0 0; Brennan Moorehead 1 0-0 2; Justin Lee 3 0-2 6; Darius Stiles 1 0-0 2; Totals 21 2-10 46; Three Point Field Goals: Nunn - 1; Leon - 1