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Fairmont's Winner's Choice Tournament Stronger Than Ever in High School Wrestling

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FAIRMONT -

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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

 

Team Results

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

70.00 Morgantown

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

 

Origional:

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."