Skip to content

Peyton Thompson finishes in third place at states

by Jamie Harris

Berkeley Springs High School sophomore Peyton Thompson was the Tribe’s lone representative this past weekend at the Class A/AA State Wrestling Championships in Huntington.
Thompson the Region I 160 pound champion going  into the event looked to capture his first high school state wrestling championship and earn all-state honors.
Thursday night February 21 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena kicked off the A/AA and AAA state wrestling championships with the round of 16 matches.
Thompson took on Jacob Williams from Nicholas County. Thompson was able to advance to Friday’s championship quarterfinals with a 12-3 major decision win.
Friday was another busy day for Thompson as the championship quarterfinals and a spot in the state semifinals was on the line.
Thompson faced off with Bridgeport’s Austin Gibson. In the first period Thompson took a 1-0 lead after two stalling calls on Gibson.


At the end of the second period the score remained 1-0 Thompson. The third period saw Gibson get an escape and in the closing seconds secured a takedown to edge the Indian sophomore 3-1.
After the devastating loss Thompson needed to regain his composure and bounce back in the consolation rounds.  In the consolation blood round Thompson beat Cameron’s Colten Dobbs 7-4 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.
Needing a win there to secure all-state honors Thompson faced Weir’s Reese Wills. At the 3:49 mark Thompson secured his first wrestling all-state honors when he pinned Wills.
In the consolation semi-finals Thompson faced Logan Southall of Point Pleasant. Once again the talented Tribe wrestler kept the pace going as he picked up a 6-4 decision  to advance to the third and fourth place match.
In the consolation finals, Thompson faced Greenbrier West’s Mylik Cox. In a back and forth match Thompson was able to edge Cox 3-2 to secure a third place finish at the 2019 West Virginia State Wrestling Championships.
Thompson finished the season with an impressive 54-8 record and the future is bright for the Indian grappler.

Leave a Comment