The Winner's Choice High School Wrestling Tournament wrapped up Saturday in Fairmont. Here is a list of the winners.
106 lbs: Ty Reynolds, Washington High School
113 lbs: John Raike, Point Pleasant
120 lbs: Ryan Elliott, North Marion
126 lbs: Tyler Cross, Washington High School
132 lbs: Scott Lopez, UNI
138 lbs: Noah Searls, Point Pleasant
145 lbs: Kyle Krieger, River Bend
152 lbs: Cody Spinks, Musselman
160 lbs: Jake Smith, George Washington
170 lbs: Nick Boone, Cabell Midland
182 lbs: Jared Haught, Parkersburg
195 lbs: Jesse Roman, East Fairmont
220 lbs: Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior
285 lbs: Daryl Hicks, Ripley
1 186.00 Point Pleasant
2 169.00 Washington High School
3 159.00 Parkersburg
4 141.00 Ripley
5 130.00 Shady Springs
6 119.00 University
7 116.00 Buckhannon
8 116.00 Musselman
9 115.00 East Fairmont
10 111.00 Meyersdale
11 110.50 Riverbend High School
12 96.00 Fairmont Senior
13 95.50 Cabell Midland
14 90.00 Keyser
90.00 North Marion
16 88.00 George Washington
17 73.00 Hyndman
18 72.50 Preston
19 71.50 Roane County
20 70.00 Hedgesville
22 64.50 Williamstown
23 62.00 Lewis County
24 58.50 Ritchie County
25 58.00 Nitro
26 31.00 Bridgeport
27 24.00 Riverside
28 22.00 Robert C. Byrd 1
29 20.00 Berkeley Springs
30 14.00 Clay Battelle
31 13.00 Nicholas County
32 7.00 Fairmont Senior JV2
33 0.00 Fairmont Senior JV1
On Friday, wrestling that took center stage. As the West Virginia wrestling community knows, the sport is a big deal in this area of the country. But it means even more to the City of Fairmont.
"It's exciting for a young high school kid to come out and compete in front of a venue with all of these people here. We put on a quality event and we're hoping that the people can come out to watch it," Fairmont Senior wrestling head coach Mark Delligatti said.
There's a phrase that goes like this: If you build it, people will come. Well the Fairmont Senior wrestling community has spent several decades building the Winner's Choice Wrestling Tournament, and the people have followed.
"There's so many good, quality wrestlers here," Lewis County head coach Eddie Williams said. "This is by far one of the toughest we go to, other than the state tournament. So there's many AA and AAA kids here who could be state champions down the line."
The Winner's Choice High School Wrestling Tournament is hands down the largest bracketed tournament in the state; 31 high schools and nearly 400 wrestlers. There's no wonder why teams continue to flock to Fairmont for now the 34th consecutive year.
"It kind of brings a lot of business into the area. Some of these people, we see them once or twice a year. They like coming to our tournament and we like sponsoring it and representing the City of Fairmont and the Polar Bears," Delligatti said.
North Central West Virginia was well-represented at the Winner's Choice, however teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia were also in attendance. But how do you improve on an already great product? Well, just expand westward.
"This past year, they couldn't get in, but a team from Oklahoma actually wanted to come here. So I'm going to pursue that for next year. Hopefully we'll get them here," Delligatti added, "all these people want to come back. So that obviously shows that we're doing a pretty good thing here."