HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Point Pleasant had only nine healthy wrestlers for 14 weight classes, and the results showed Thursday night during a 48-24 setback to host Huntington in a Class AAA dual match in Cabell County.
The Big Blacks won four matches — all by pinfall — but the Highlanders won five head-to-head matches and also benefitted from five PPHS forfeits due to the lack of a participant in several weight classes. Those extra point opportunities ultimately allowed HHS — the top-ranked team in Class AAA — to double up Point Pleasant in the scoring.
Noah Searls (138), Trevor Hill (170), Brycen Reymond (182) and Jacob Starcher (195) scored pinfall wins for the Big Blacks — who were ranked third overall in the Class AAA ratings headed into the contest. Those four individuals each netted six points for the guests.
PPHS was without the services of a trio of top-four ranked grapplers in the state in John Raike (113), Guy Fisher (120) and Josh Hudson (145).