It was a battle of the Virginias in the inaugural Baker Brawl held at East Hardy High School as four teams from West Virginia and four teams from Virginia commandeered the gymnasium battling on two mats with the championship bout coming down to Martinsburg (WV) and Woodgrove (VA) with the Wolverines winning the title for the Old Dominion last Saturday in Baker.
Representing the Mountain State were Class A East Hardy, Class A Moorefield, Class AAA Martinsburg and Class AAA Hampshire; while teams from Virginia were Central (Woodstock), Page County, Strasburg and Woodgrove.
The Hardy County grapplers showcased their talent in this tournament as the Cougars and Yellow Jackets proved there will be representation at the state tournament in Huntington at the conclusion of the season.
“I am very happy with how the Baker Brawl went. The boosters, parents and staff at East Hardy all came together to make the day a success. My team keeps working hard to get better and it shows on the mat. I am very proud of them all,” East Hardy Wrestling Coach Stevie Miller remarked.
“It is great to see the sport grow in this area. The community is growing in support of us. Women’s wrestling is growing nationwide and in our area. We had ten females weigh in today. The local teams are all competing at a high level. We are glad to see it.”
East Hardy Wrestling was in Pool A along with Central, Page County and Woodgrove.
Moorefield Wrestling was in Pool B along with Hampshire, Martinsburg and Strasburg.
The Hardy County teams competed simultaneously on both mats throughout the Baker Brawl, but didn’t face each other.
“It’s always nice to get good quality matches close to home. Coach Miller and East Hardy put on a great tournament that we were happy to be a part of. All of our wrestlers are improving and wrestled hard throughout the day. Hopefully we can keep improving and stay healthy as the regional tournament approaches,” Moorefield Wrestling Coach T.J. Van Meter commented.
Woodgrove began the Baker Brawl championship run with a 54-28 victory over East Hardy to kick off the morning
There was enthusiastic cheering coming from the Moorefield and East Hardy sidelines during their respective matches throughout the Baker Brawl.
There was quality wrestling and positive vibes for the inaugural Baker Brawl as this new tradition takes a foothold in the hills of Hardy County.