Grappling through the snow to reach Braxton County was merely a test of determination in preparation for the Class AA-A Region II Wrestling Tournament last weekend where Moorefield and East Hardy Wrestling squads combined for ten medals with the Yellow Jackets earning four state tournament berths with one regional crown and the Cougars are sending the first male in program history to Huntington.
The five wrestlers from Hardy County earning a state tournament berth are: Moorefield’s Isaac Van Meter, Kevin Wetzel, Tyberious Clayton, Layne Spitzer and East Hardy’s Dayton Miller.
Region II Wrestling Tournament champion Braxton County hosted 15 teams with state tournament berths being earned in the circle: Doddridge County, Bridgeport, Clay County, Philip Barbour, Liberty Harrison, South Harrison, Grafton, Moorefield, Lewis County, East Hardy, Lincoln, Notre Dame, Elkins, Roane County and Robert C. Byrd.
Moorefield junior captain Isaac Van Meter (41-2) garnered the Class AA-A Region II 170-lb. Championship, the second regional title in his career and third trip to the state tournament.
“This one isn’t really important to me. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks working hard to get ready for states. I love wrestling for Moorefield and representing my teammates. It is a lot of fun. It is very exciting to be on this road and we keep getting better. All the glory goes to God,” Region II champion Isaac Van Meter said.
“I took what my opponent gave me and capitalized on his mistakes. I am always nervous, but it keeps me on my toes.”
East Hardy junior captain Dayton Miller (34-12) in the 195-lb. weight class became the first male in school history to qualify for the state tournament earning the spot in fourth place as his twin sister SierraMarie Miller had the honor of being the first East Hardy female wrestler to be in Huntington last season and claimed the inaugural girls state title this year.
The Yellow Jackets made history with the most representation at the state tournament in program history with four grapplers going
The state tournament pairings for our Hardy County grapplers starting on February 27 will be: 106 – Moorefield’s Layne Spitzer versus Wirt County’s Phillip Balis, 152 – Moorefield’s Ty Clayton vs Ritchie County’s Kayden Procacina, 160 – Moorefield’s Kevin Wetzel vs Herbert Hoover’s Ben Kee, 170 – Moorefield’s Isaac Van Meter vs Lincoln County’s Nathaniel Amburgey, 195 – East Hardy’s Dayton Miller vs Nicholas County’s Jacob Williams.