2017-03-01 / Sports

Mundey finishes as State Runner-up at Class AA State Wrestling Championships

Davis, Morris and Ledbetter capture All-State Honors with sixth place finishes
by Jamie Harris


145 lb. Davy Mundey works on pinning a Point Pleasant wrestler at the state tournament. 145 lb. Davy Mundey works on pinning a Point Pleasant wrestler at the state tournament. Last year at the Class AA State Wrestling Championships the Berkeley Springs High School Indians talented wrestling program failed to place a wrestler on the podium ending a 35 year streak of having at least one state place winner.

This season saw the Indians wrestling program struggle at times due to injuries, state qualifiers not returning or members being dismissed from the program. However, despite the obstacles the Tribe could always count on its core wrestlers who have been with the program since day one. That core was also the four who qualified last weekend at the Class A Region I tournament to take on the three day grueling challenge of the state wrestling tournament.

The Indians took four wrestlers to the state championships last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 23, 24 and 25 and those four put together an outstanding performance over the course of three days to garner all-state honors, but also to redeem last year’s dismissal team finish.


132 lb. Zach Davis has a Braxton wrestler on his back in a match on Friday evening. 132 lb. Zach Davis has a Braxton wrestler on his back in a match on Friday evening. Led by junior Davy Mundey who advanced to the 145 lb. state championship finals for the first time in his career along with junior Zach Davis (132 lbs.), senior Garrett Morris (182 lbs.) and senior Scott Ledbetter (220 lbs.) the Indians finished in 11th place in the Class AA team standings just missing a top 10 finish by a mere two points.

Mundey came into the tournament as the Region I champion and sporting an impressive 55-3 record. On Thursday night in the first round of competition Mundey dispatched Point Pleasant’s Jake Roub by a pin at the 1:41 mark.

On Friday afternoon in the championship quarterfinals Mundey picked up an impressive 8-0 major decision over Lincoln’s Colten Hovermale to advance to Friday night’s championship semifinals. In the championship semifinals Mundey faced off with Hunter Moore of Wirt County. Moore provided to be a stiff test for the Indian junior and by the end of the third period the score was tied at 2-2 forcing sudden death overtime. In the overtime period Mundey moved quick and secured a takedown to punch his ticket to Saturday night’s championship finals and match with defending state champion Connor Gibson of powerhouse Independence.


182 lb. Garrett Morris working on a shot against a St. Marys wrestler in the third round of consolations. 182 lb. Garrett Morris working on a shot against a St. Marys wrestler in the third round of consolations. In the championship finals Gibson used a variety of takedowns to major decision Mundey 15-5 and capture his second straight state championship. Despite the loss Mundey only a junior was able to finish as the state runner up while also securing his first high school state championship wrestling medal.


220 lb. Scott Ledbetter escaping against an Oak Hill wrestler in the consolation finals. photos by Rodney Hovermale 220 lb. Scott Ledbetter escaping against an Oak Hill wrestler in the consolation finals. photos by Rodney Hovermale Mundey finished the season with an amazing 58-4 record and credited his run to the championship finals with his extra work he put in the off season as a member of the state runner BSHS Indians cross country team, an increase weight lifting program and attending wrestling camps throughout the summer.

Davis made his second trip to the state wrestling championships after missing last season’s tournament. Davis who was all state medal place winner his freshman year at 106 made the leap to the 132 lb. weight class this year and despite a fourth place finish at last weekend’s regional tournament had high hopes of picking up his second state wrestling medal.

However, Davis had to take the hard way to placing in the state tournament as he drew Hunter Taylor of Independence in Thursday night’s opening round. Davis and Taylor battled back and forth but in the end it was Taylor who took a 5-1 win dropping Davis to a must win situation in Friday’s consolation rounds (Taylor would go on to win the 132 lb. state championship).

In Friday’s consolation rounds Davis had to run the gauntlet and win three straight matches in order to advance to Saturday’s medal rounds. In the consolation first round Davis pinned Ravenwood’s Colton Clark at 2:06 to complete step one of his mission. In round two Davis secured another pin this time over Gavin Triplett of Braxton County at 3:49 to advance to the consolation quarter finals. Needing only one more win Davis delivered a dominating performance beating Winfield’s Jamie Ward 3-0 to secure his second all-state honors.

Saturday saw the grind of the tournament catch with Davis as he lost in the consolation semifinals to Petersburg’s Corey Secrist by a pin and then in the fifth and sixth place match Davis lost a 3-1 decision to Keyser’s Bryant Dixon. Davis finished the season with a 46-10 record.

Senior Garrett Morris wrestling at the 182 lb. weight class also came into the state championships as a regional fourth place finisher and facing a daunting task. In Thursday night’s first round Morris had to take on three time defending state champion Jacob Hart of Independence. Hart wasted no time in dispatching Morris with a pin at the 1:01 mark (Hart would go on to win his fourth straight state title on Saturday night).

Just like the odds that Davis faced Morris had to run the gauntlet on Friday to advance to Saturday. In the consolation first round Morris dispatched Braxton County’s Quin Meador by the score of 7-2. In the consolation second round Davis edged Clay County’s Blake Belcher by a 6-3 decision to set up a rematch from last week’s regional tournament with Jeremy Smith of St. Mary’s. This time around Morris gained revenge as he edged Smith 4-3 to earn his first ever all-state honors in wrestling. In the consolation semifinals Morris lost 5-0 to rival Alec Burgess of Petersburg.

Then in the fifth and sixth place match Morris lost 5-3 in sudden death overtime to Daniel Browning of Logan. Morris finished his senior year with a 46-19 record and over 150 career wins in an Indian wrestling singlet.

Ledbetter wrestling at the 220 lb. weight class came into the state tournament as a regional runner up and a chance to earn his first all-state honors. In Thursday night’s first round match Ledbetter pinned Point Pleasant’s Juan Marquez in only 58 seconds.

In the championship quarterfinals on Friday afternoon Ledbetter knocked off Region II champion Garrett Burnside of Roane County 12-5 to advance to Friday night’s championship semifinals and a match with the #2 rated wrestler in the nation and defending state champion Noah Adams of Independence. Adams a WVU signee wasted no time in establishing his dominance by pinning Ledbetter at the 3:34 mark. Despite the loss Ledbetter had secured all-state honors with his advancement to Saturday.

On Saturday morning Ledbetter lost in the consolation semifinals to Christian Lively of Oak Hill by an 11-3 major decision. In the fifth and sixth place match Ledbetter lost 3-2 to Jordan Hartman of Petersburg. Ledbetter finished the season with a 50-11 record and also had over 150 career wins in an Indian wrestling singlet.

The Indians finished in 11th place with 46 points in the team standings after climbing to the ninth position at one point. Independence captured its fourth straight Class AA wrestling team championship while Wirt County captured the first ever Class A wrestling state team championship.

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