Indians win Viking Smash Wrestling Tournament

Aiden Cain picks up 100th career win

by Jamie Harris

This past weekend the Berkeley Springs Indians wrestling team was back in action as they traveled to Petersburg to wrestle in the Viking Smash. Two years ago the Indians won the Viking Smash and entered the event after a tournament was snowed out the previous weekend.

The Indians left no doubt who was the better team was over the weekend finishing 10-0 in dual matches including a huge win over Class AA #4 Keyser and wins over Class #5 East Hardy and #8 Moorefield.

photo by Rodney Hovermale

On Friday the Indians earned wins over Keyser 30- 27, Hampshire 70-6, Moorefield 57-18, Liberty Harrison 66-18 and host Petersburg 63-12. On Saturday the Tribe continued their domination with wins over Grafton 72-0, Frankfort 64-18, Philip Barbour 72-6 and Hedgesville 48-24.

Senior Michael Holiday working on a pining combination against a Petersburg wrestler at the Viking Smash.

Berkeley Springs had several wrestlers finish in first place in their respective weight classes based on the Viking Smash criteria, which were Jacob Morgan (132), Trent Fox (138), Will Gageby (144), Kollin Sullivan (165), Michael Holiday (175) and Brady Wilt (215).

Junior Krystian Norris working on putting a Frankfort wrestler to his back at the Viking Smash.
Sophomore Jacob Morgan working on back points against a Keyser wrestler at the Viking Smash.
Sophomore Elijah Parsell working on taking down a Moorefield wrestler, Friday at the Viking Smash. photos by Rodney Hovermale

Finishing second were Elijah Parsell (113), Daniel Clark (126), Aiden Cain (150), Krystian Norris (190) and Remington Sites (215). Sullivan also received the fastest pin award with a five second fall.

Sophomore Garrin Place working on pinning a Frankfort wrestler on Saturday at the Viking Smash.

On Friday during the event junior 150 lb. wrestler Aiden Cain collected his 100th career win as an Indian wrestler.

This coming Saturday, February 3 the Indians will travel to Hampshire High School for the 2023-2024 Potomac Valley Conference Championships. The eight man bracketed tournament will start at 9 a.m.