Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP WRESTLING NOTEBOOK ; Herbert Hoover Aims to Round Itself into Form

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP WRESTLING NOTEBOOK ; Herbert Hoover Aims to Round Itself into Form

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When Herbert Hoover High School was devastated by a June flood, the Huskies' wrestling room - like much of the building - was lost. But that wasn't enough to derail preseason expectations for Hoover. The Huskies opened the season at No. 7 in the West Virginia Coaches Association/wvmat.com Class AA/A statewide poll, but the wins were just not there through the first weeks. Part of that is due to football players slow to flip the switch from the gridiron to the mat, part of that is due to injuries. Either way, Hoover coach Richard Harper doesn't want any sympathy for the Huskies.

"I know what we're capable of doing at the end of the season, whether we do it or not - we'll find out, Harper said. "With this group of seniors I got, I think they'll pull the load there at the end and we'll be fine.

Hoover wrestling has found a home - for now at least - in the weight room at the Huskies' field house. Harper, who also coaches the Elkview Middle School team, said they have picked up some old mats and made a place to practice. His hope is that as the Huskies start to get wrestlers back into shape and back from injury, the team will start to find itself.

"We're still a work in progress, but we've got a place with some mats down and we're able to train, he said. "Everything is going well considering the circumstances.

Among Hoover's group of talented seniors is Peyton Carey, who took runner-up at 285-pounds in last season's state tournament.

"He's back in the mix of things, Harper said of Carey. "He's going to be right there. He's got an opportunity to do really well. He's just got to stay focused. The door is open for him to have a really good season as long as he stays healthy.

Hoover's next scheduled matches are Dec. 29 at the Lindsey Raines Greenbrier West Duals.

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When Winfield was announced as one of the handful of Class AAA schools moving to AA in the state's most recent round of reclassifications prior to this school year, Generals wrestling coach Mike Cochran was not the most enthusiastic supporter of the drop.

Winfield had been on a run of team and individual success in recent years on the state level, and when the move was made Cochran said he did not like it because of how hard his team had worked to get to that competitive level in the state's large-school class. …

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