Audio Interview: Mitch Smith
PHILIPPI, W. Va. -- Alderson-Broaddus wrestling Head Coach Mitch Smith announced the signing of 11 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Thursday.
"This signing class is a great group of kids," said Smith. "They are great wrestlers and also excellent students. They have the right attitude and are motivated, and that coupled with their wrestling ability makes this a very exciting time for the future of the program."
Roanoke Catholic School
Projected Weight Class: 184
A two-sport athlete (wrestling and football) … Virginia Wrestling Association Freshman State Champ as a freshman … Member of the Virginia National Freestyle, Greco-Roman Team his sophomore season … Catholic State Champ his junior season … Finished eighth in Virginia Independent School Athletic Association State Wrestling Tournament … An All-State selection in football as a junior.
Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Jim Thorpe Area High School
Projected Weight Class: 133/141
Received Coaches Award and Most Valuable Player honors his sophomore and junior seasons … Earned the Philip Crossman Award as a sophomore … One of the top three wrestlers in the Times News Area newspaper his freshman, sophomore and juniors years … Earned Honorable Mention in Morning Call Area newspaper as a sophomore and junior … Earned sixth place finish in District XI … Pennsylvania Amateur Wrestling Federation Freestyle State Qualifier as a junior … Schuylkill League Runner-up as a sophomore … Compiled a 4.0 cumulative high school GPA.
East Lincoln High School
Projected Weight Class: 174
Enters senior year with 83-17 record … A two-time Conference Champ as a junior and sophomore and Regional Champ his junior year … Finished fifth in State Tournament as a junior … Was a Conference Runner-up his freshman season and compiled a 24-7 record … Earned Academic All-Conference honors his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons … Earned Team Most Valuable Player, AAA Scholar Athlete Award and Academic All-State honors in 2012.
Clover Hill High School
Projected Weight Class: 149
Earned Central Region Honorable Mention and was an All-Region Qualifier his junior season … Selected as Hardest Working Athlete, Outstanding Wrestler and garnered Coaches Award in 2012 … Received Scholar Athlete honors as a junior and was a member of the Honor Roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Owns takedown record at Clover Hill with 83 in 2010.
Inwood, W. Va.
Musselman High School
Projected Weight Class: 149/157
A two-sport athlete (wrestling and football) … A two-time West Virginia State Champion at 145 and 152 pounds … Placed fourth in the state at 140 pounds as a freshman … Earned first place honors in Regionals his junior season, second place his sophomore year and third place as a freshman … Earned Defensive Play of the Year Award in football his senior year and was a two-time member of the Hammer Club … An Honor Roll student all four years and has a 4.2 GPA in honors and AP courses.
Christian "Tyler" Cross
Kearneysville, W. Va.
Washington High School
Projected Weight Class: 133
A two-sport athlete (wrestling and baseball) … Holds a 140-36 record … Journal All-Area selection and State Placer his sophomore and junior seasons … Member of the Honor Roll all four years at Washington High School … Earned Academic All-State honors as a freshman.
Governor Mifflin High School
Projected Weight Class: 141
A two-sport athlete (wrestling and football) … Earned All-Conference honors in wrestling as a junior … Compiled 31 wins with 16 pins his junior season and notched 15 wins with nine pins as a sophomore.
Lee-Davis High School
Projected Weight Class: 125
Earned All-County honors his junior season.
Huntington, W. Va.
Huntington High School
Projected Weight Class: 197
A two-sport athlete (wrestling and football) … Earned fourth place in his region and third place in Mountain State Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament … Was selected the Outstanding Black High School Scholar in 2011 and 2012 … Earned football All-Conference honors his senior season … Member of the Honor Roll all four years.
Governor Mifflin High School
Projected Weight Class: 157/165
Enters his senior season with an 82-26 record … An All-County selection as a junior.
Morgantown, W. Va.
Morgantown High School
Projected Weight Class: 285
A three-sport athlete (wrestling, football and lacrosse) … Four-time letterman in wrestling and a four-year varsity starter … An All-Ohio Valley Athletic Conference and All-State wrestling selection in 2012 … Starting offensive lineman and member of State Semifinal football team his senior season … Part of a State Championship lacrosse team in 2012 … MHS wrestling team captain in 2012-13 season … Enters senior year with 86 wins, 58 by pin … Holds the fifth best freshman win record in wrestling at Morgantown High … Compiled the third best record in MHS program history as a junior.
The Battler wrestling program will begin competition in 2013.