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Eagles open wrestling season at
Richwood Saturday

The BCHS wrestling squad opens Saturday in the Richwood Duals, and Coach Sterling Beane anticipates some successes even this early in the season. The veteran coach bases this anticipation on the fact that the team of 21 includes nine returning lettermen along with some promising newcomers.
Among the returning lettermen are four seniors, all of whom saw strong seasons last year. These include Dylan Dennison, Nathaniel Lawson, Gage Vincent, and Jacob Whitney. A fifth senior, Andrew Jackson, transferred to Braxton last season too late to be eligible. Coach Beane pointed out that Dennison finished third in the state tournament at 120 and Vincent was fifth at 126.
The only junior on the team is Gavin Triplett. Of the six sophomores on the squad, four---Jake Long, Quin Meador, Spencer Posey, and Jordan Williams, lettered last year. The coach noted that both Williams and Triplett won over 40 matches last season.
Rounding out the squad are nine freshmen, several of whom had successful seasons as middle-school wrestlers. These include Alex Burge, Logan Conley, Tyee Ellison, Jordan Graham, Sam Groves, Chen Hopen, Sturgis Maye, Justin Paletti, and Josh Perry.
Coach Beane indicated that he should be able to fill all weight classes except heavyweight. “We still don’t have anyone for that spot, but I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to fill it before long,” he said. At this point, the Eagles appear to be strongest in the middleweights. However, the coach noted, “If the kids come along, maybe we’ll have strength in the lighter weights, too.”
He does see what he terms “some interesting possibilities” in filling the weight classes although he stressed that wrestle-offs will be the deciding factor in some weights.
“Overall,” Coach Beane said, “We should have a fairly sound team from top to bottom.”
The first test will come at Richwood Saturday. That will be followed the following weekend, Dec. 15-16, at the Webster Hardwood Duals Tournament, which always includes some strong wrestlers.

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