by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs Indians wrestling team had a very busy week on the mats with a home tri and then a Saturday trip to Hampshire High School for the 2024 Potomac Valley Conference Championships.
The Indians were all business as they knew the match with the Northern Garrett Huskies would be a dog fight. The two teams traded wins back and forth and the Huskies held a slim 34-33 lead going into the 190 lb. final match. In that match Krystian Norris survived an early takedown from his Husky opponent and recovered to record the pin to give the Indians a huge 39-34 win over one of Maryland’s powerhouse high school wrestling programs.
In the second match the Indians continued their business-like mentality and dispatched the Southern Garrett Rams by the score of 66- 12.
This past Saturday, February 3, the Tribe traveled to Hampshire High School for the 2024 PVC Championships. The one day individual bracketed tournament looked like it would be battle between the reigning champions, the Indians and #4 Class AA ranked Keyser.
On the boys’ side the Indians continued to impress as they placed 10 wrestlers in the championship finals. Six of the 10 wrestlers captured championships to power the Indians to their fifth straight Potomac Valley Conference Championship. Keyser was second and East Hardy finished in third place.
Taking first place for the Tribe were Jacob Morgan (132), Trent Fox (138), Aiden Cain (150), Kollin Sullivan (165), Michael Holiday (175) and Brady Wilt (215). Finishing in second place were Eligah Parsell (113), Daniel Clark (126), Krystian Norris (190) and Remi Sites (285). Finishing in third place for Berkeley Springs were Will Gageby (144) and Garrin Place (157).
In the girls PVC Championship division Berkeley Springs captured two first place championships led by freshman Bailee Diehl and senior Lilly Morgan. Finishing in second place was Willow Rhoten and finishing in third place was Charity Brown.