Cardinal wrestlers move up to third place | Journal-news

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Spring Mills felt “insulted” when the first regular season coaches’ wrestling poll came out last week.

The Cardinals had gone from third in the preseason to seventh in the first regular season poll.

Spring Mills defeated the Winner’s Choice tournament teams at Fairmont with a dominating effort to win the championship.

Coaches voting in the Class AAA poll took note and once again lifted the Cardinals to third place, behind premier Wheeling Park and No. 2 University, in a poll released Friday.

Two of the teams Spring Mills defeated in the Winner’s Choice event — Woodrow Wilson and St. Albans — fell behind the Cardinals in the standings after being seeded ahead of Spring Mills last week.

Individually, Wheeling Park has 11 ranked wrestlers, University 10 and Spring Mills six.

Spring Mills, who picked up wrestlers who were missing for various reasons earlier this season, will compete today with Wheeling Park in the Bruins Classic at Brooke.

Matthew Dolan (106 pounds) and Patrick Jackson (152) are both ranked first for the Cardinals.

Landon Hoffman (126) and Chance Williams (145) are ranked second while Spring Mills teammates Landon Herndon (120) and Jacob Perry (113) and third and fifth, respectively.

The Cardinals are expected to host Washington and Musselman on Monday competing to qualify for the state dueling tournament.

Washington has four ranked wrestlers, led by 160-pound Kade Bradbury, who is first. Tyler Meisenzahl (170) is third, Logan McFarland (113) is sixth and Caleb Kershinik (145) is eighth.

Musselman, Jefferson and Hedgesville each have a ranked wrestler.

Defending state champion Parker Bentley of Musselman is first at 195, Tristan Rucker of Jefferson is sixth at 106 and Gabriel Tost of Hedgesville is eighth at 170.

The only other team in the area ranked is Berkeley Springs in the Class AA poll. The Indians occupy No. 4, in the same place as last week.

In Class AA, Evan Thompson leads the way for the Indians as the top wrestler at 160.

Thompson beat Bradbury in the Winner’s Choice final last weekend.

Three other Indians are in the standings, Gabriel Clark, second at 170, Isaac Harris, third at 145 and Evan Zombro third at 152.

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