By MIKE MATHISON
HUNTINGTON - The Oak Glen wrestling team finished second in the West Virginia Class AA-A state championships at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena after its Saturday showing.
The Golden Bears totaled 118.5 points, to edge Greenbrier East. Both were far behind team champion Independence.
"It was a great day," said Oak Glen coach Patrick McGillan. "We came into the first session in a tie for fourth with three teams. I wasn't even thinking about second place at the beginning of the round. We came out and beat some good wrestlers.
"I knew going into the finals we had a shot, but I wasn't sure how it was going to unfold and, of course, each match was a decision.
"These kids wrestled great and we are extremely proud, but we still have work to do. We met all of the goals we set this year but a state championship, so it will be a great motivator in the offseason."
The Golden Bears finished with seven placers, three of whom took third place.
Senior Josh Cornell capped his career with a 3-2 decision over Bailey Bowles of Fayetteville for third place at 126 pounds. Cornell grabbed a 5-3 decision over Chris Goad of Calhoun County in the consolation semifinals.
Sophomore Danny Wyke ended the tournament in grand fashion, collecting falls in the consolation semifinals (3:33 over Ryan Keckley of Sissonville) and then for third place (4:37 over Teddy Stover of Independence) at 113.
Junior Nick Tice earned two hard-fought victories, the second was a 3-1 decision over Brent Wyne of Fairmont Senior for third place at 138.
Earlier he had a takedown in overtime to beat Cody Ferguson of Wirt County, 5-3.
Alex Shuman (152) placed fourth when Grafton's Tyler Moore defeated him, 3-0. Shuman captured a fall in 2:04 over Jake Tracewell of Williamstown in the consolation semifinals.
Noah Mills (285) was beaten by Bridgeport's Noah Markley by fall in 2:49 to take fourth. Mills made it there after earning a fall himself in 2:24 over Liberty Harrison's Ryan Moore.
Senior Avery Flowers (132) took fifth with a 2-0 decision over Kyle Elliott of North Marion. Flowers dropped a 7-3 decision in the consolation semifinals to Randale Robie of Wahama.
Ryan DeBee placed sixth at 106 after losses to Chase Stover (2-0) of Herbert Hoover and Hunter Riffle of Doddridge County, 5-4, in overtime.
Brooke senior Preston Wise finished his career with a fifth-place finish in Class AAA at 285.
Wise dropped a tough 2-1 decision to foe Thomas Hall of Parkersburg South in the consolation semifinals, but came back to avenge a quarterfinal defeat by earning a fall in 1:39 over Daniel Nolte of Buckhannon-Upshur.