Four Panthers place in tough Nitro tourney

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

NITRO, W.Va. — A tough tournament was just what the Chesapeake Panthers sought.

Panthers head coach Phil Davis said his team’s 10th place finish in a 20-team field was good considering almost every team was Class AAA.

Davis was also pleased his team placed four wrestlers in the tough field.

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“We did pretty well. We had one wrestler get third and we could have had two more get third,” Davis said. “There were a lot of big schools, so the competition was strong. It was a good experience for our kids.”

Thomas Lewis claimed third place at 119 pounds, Tim Wentz was fourth at 171, Brad Eldred was fourth at 189 and Erik McWhorter also placed fourth at 215.

Chesapeake’s Aaron Lewis won the 135-pound division of the freshman tournament. Jay Laney was second in the 215-pound class.

Here are the Nitro Invitational team scores:

1. Huntington High 269, 2. North Marion 230, 3. Calhoun County 224, 4. Riverside 155, 5. St. Albans 151, 6. Lewis County 122, 7. Robert C. Bird 102,8.

Sheldon Clark, Ky. 99, 9. Winfield 89, 10. Chesapeake 83, Shady Spring 83, 12. Hurricane 80, 13. Nitro 75, 14. Spring Valley 70, 15. George Washington 67, 16. Logan 60, 17. Woodrow Wilson 35, 18. Man 24, 19. Gilbert 21, 20. Poca 19.

Chesapeake hosts a tri-match Wednesday against Spring Valley and Sheldon Clark. The Panthers junior high will also wrestle. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in the high school.