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By Carl Holcomb
From playing with broken ribs to ending a career with a hand raised, there was no question as to the toughness displayed by East Hardy and Moorefield grapplers at the Class AA/A Region II Wrestling Tournament in Bridgeport resulting in four consolation medals.
Falling short of state tournament bids in one regard was difficult to swallow, yet signifies a strong future.
“This wasn’t the story we wanted to tell, not the way we wanted to finish. We have young wrestlers ready to come back next year,” Moorefield assistant coach Larry Schoonover noted.
Stickley would rebound from that defeat to pin Doddridge County’s Shawn Johnston in the second period at 1:18 for the fifth place medal and finish his career with his hand raised which was a good feeling.
In the 195-lb. weight class, Moorefield freshman Dakota Blacka lost to eventual Region II champion Kavaughn Summers of South Harrison by fall, then lost to sixth place medalist Bryce Wamsley of Liberty Harrison in the consolation quarterfinals by fall.
Moorefield and East Hardy have talented young wrestlers who will make huge strides next season with Huntington already coming into focus.
Braxton County won the Region II Championship with 230.5 points, while Moorefield finished in 15th place with 18 points and East Hardy was 17th overall with nine points.