PARKERSBURG - The wrestling season continues for Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South as the two Class AAA programs begin competition today in the two-day Wheeling Park Duals inside the WesBanco Arena.
Parkersburg High head coach Chris Way's Big Reds are coming off a three-point setback against Huntington in what was the red and white's home opener on Wednesday night.
While heavyweight Rob Kelley, who suffered a broken hand during football season, made his debut against the Highlanders, it appears 189-pound sophomore Adam Lindamood could be lost for the season after suffering a dislocated elbow more than a week ago against Marietta.
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Parkersburg South and Parkersburg begins competition today in the two-day Wheeling Park Duals inside the WesBanco Arena.
Although 171-pounder Zach Milhoan bumped up and competed at 189 against Huntington, coach Way said Lindamood's injury could leave a permanent hole in the PHS lineup.
"We'll have to forfeit right now and that really hurts," said Way, whose squad will open competition at 9 a.m. against Steubenville.
"Adam probably would've scored some points in the state tournament and scored a lot of points every where really."
Wheeling Park Duals Divisions
Division A: Parkersburg, Steubenville, Northwest, Buckeye Local
Division B: Austintown-Fitch, Martins Ferry, Point Pleasant, Ringgold
Division C: Bellaire, Fairmont Senior, Maple Heights, Southern Garrett
Division D: Clinton Massey, East Fairmont, North Hills, Punxsutawney
Division E: Alliance, Jackson Massillon, John Marshall, Peters Township
Division F: Indian Creek, Marlington, Mars, Wheeling Park
Division G: Cabell Midland, Carrollton, Nicholas County, St. Xavier
Division H: Bridgeport, Edgewood, George Washington, Hedgesvillle
Division I: Butler, Cuyahoga Falls, Plum, North Marion
Division J: Parkersburg South, University, Brooke, Morgantown
"He's just going to come back and work on getting better and hopefully he can get some time on the mat in the summer," said Way, who added of the Big Reds' showing against No. 2 Huntington, "I can tell already that they are improving since the first day of practice."
Speaking of practice, that's one thing Parkersburg South head coach Paul Jackson enjoys.
On Friday, the Patriots conducted practice at 7 a.m. and coach Jackson said Thursday's practice went a little longer than planned because he wasn't seeing the kind of results he likes.
The two-time defending state champion Patriots, who also won the Wheeling Park Duals crown last winter, are coming off an impressive victory last weekend at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic. Not only did the Patriots win the tournament by more than 100 points, but Parkersburg South placed 12 of 14 wrestlers and also had championship efforts from David Jeffrey at 120 and by Tyler Richards at 136.
"A lot of people say we didn't wrestle any competition, but I guarantee you there were four studs in every weight class," Jackson said of the Las Vegas trip.
"I'm so proud of those kids to place 12 out of 14 and the two kids who didn't place scored two wins and got points for our team. That was a unique experience for those kids and I thank the board of education for letting us do that."
The Patriots will open the Wheeling Park Duals at 10:30 a.m. against University.