SPENCER, W.Va. — History in the making.
The Wahama wrestling program has five athletes headed to state and also had three grapplers win regional titles — both school records — following Saturday’s Class AA-A Region IV Wrestling Tournament held at Roane County High School.
The White Falcons placed sixth out of 11 teams overall with 116 points, but more than doubled their representation at state from just a year ago. WHS had only two qualifiers in 2012, and both are headed back for at least a second straight season.
Junior Kane Roush — a now three-time state qualifier — picked up his second consecutive Region IV championship after earning a 13-9 overtime decision over Tyler Stewart of Clay County in the 160-pound final. Roush won the 152-pound regional title a year ago before eventually finishing as the state runner-up.
Junior Colton Neal and sophomore Demetrius Serevicz also picked up regional crowns while qualifying for their first respective state competitions. Neal scored a pinfall win over Brady Dye of Herbert Hoover in the 182-pound division final, while Serevicz earned a 10-6 decision over Kyle Frazier of Buffalo in the 195-pound final.
Junior Randall Robie — who qualified for state last year —earned a repeat trip by placing fourth overall in the 126-pound weight class. Senior Crandal Neal is headed to his first state tournament after plcaing third in the 170-pound division.
Junior Jacob Bennett also finished sixth in the 120-pound division for WHS. The 2013 WVSSAC Class AA-A championships will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va.
Clay County won the Region IV AA-A team title with 218.50 points, followed by Wirt County (215) as the overall runner-up. Williamstown (154), Calhoun County (136.5) and Roane County (135) rounded out the top-five team efforts.
Point Pleasant had won the last three Class AA-A Region IV team titles before moving up to Class AAA this school year.
Complete results of the 2013 Class AA-A Region IV Wrestling Tournament at Roane County High School are available on the web at wvmat.com