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Central SilverBacks See Success at Youth Wrestling States

The Central SilverBacks youth wrestling team ended a great season by placing 7th as a team out of 91 teams statewide at the West Virginia Youth Wrestling Association state tournament.

The team is made up of wrestlers from Birch River and surrounding central West Virginia areas.

Twenty-four (24) wrestlers qualified for the state tournament with sixteen (16) placing in the top eight of their division. Of those sixteen (16), ten (10) placed in the top 4.

Some wrestlers competed the next weekend in the Mountain State Novice Championship which is held for wrestlers with three or fewer years of wrestling experience.

Gavin Holcomb, Jett Hines, Coleman Tyree, and Remington Huffman all came home as Mountain State Novice Champions. Mason Smarr and Shae Hines both finished the day 4th in the state.


“We have a great bunch of coaches and parents who are willing to travel to get the kids the best competition” Coach Matt Campbell noted. “I’m really proud of our kids’ accomplishments this season. Our experienced wrestlers have shown great leadership and our novice wrestlers have surpassed our expectations.”

Coach Tony Frame notes that the team has continued to have tremendous amount of success with wrestling in and out of West Virginia.

As a team, they continue to push the bar of what a youth wrestling team should be. What Coach Frame is most proud of is not the success, but the improvements that he’s seen this season from each and every one of the kids. “I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate our coaches that continue to volunteer countless hours all year long. They make all this success possible for our wrestlers.”

Central will continue to practice throughout the year. Competition will slow down as summer comes and then football season kicks off. The wrestling facility is centrally located in Birch River where everyone is welcome to come and improve their skills. Follow the team’s Facebook page to get updates on practice times and announcements.

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