Bridgeport Wrestlers Strong at Home Quad Meet and Event in Williamstown; Big 10 Competition on Tap

By Jeff Toquinto on February 01, 2018 via

With the two-day Big 10 wrestling meet set to begin Friday, Bridgeport enters the competition coming off of a pair of impressive showings. Most notable was a sweep last week of their final home quad match of the year.
The Indians toppled three teams on their way to the win. BHS beat Liberty-Raleigh 41-21, Liberty by a 44-18 score and came back with a 39-24 victory against South Harrison.
Aidan Gibson, Addison Courtney, Austin Gibson and Kavaughn Summers all went 3-0 during the meet. Coach Chris Courtney was pleased with their efforts.
“All of the boys are working on the mental preparation that wrestling requires. I feel it is starting to show in their performances,” said Courtney.
This past weekend, the Indians finished sixth out of nine teams in the Bob Zide Yellowjacket Rumble at Williamstown High School. Bridgeport finished with one overall winner, with two other grapplers taking home second place in the meet that was one by Braxton County.
“We had a slow start, but a strong finish. Mental preparation is our focus for the slow start,” Courtney said. “Hopefully, we right the ship by regionals.”
Summers was the lone titlist for the Tribe. Summers, who goes into the Big 10 meet with a 29-1 record, won the 220-pound class.
“Kavaughn had a very solid performance. He remains very consistent in controlling the tempo of the match,” said Courtney.  
The Indians had two wrestlers finish at runner-up. Kemo Summer, who is 28-8 on the season, was second in the 132-pound division. Benson Bassell, now 30-11, was the runner-up in the 170-pound classification.
One wrestler for the Tribe finished in third. Austin Gibson was the lone Indian in third as he now stands at 35-10 in the 152-pound classification.
The Indians had two grapplers place fourth. Aidan Gibson, at 32-8, earned the spot at 126. Carson DeMotto was the other Bridgeport wrestler in fourth. DeMotto, wrestling at 182, is 17-20 on the year.
The Big 10 Tournament is Friday and Saturday at Grafton High School. Action starts Friday at 5 p.m. and will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students.
Bridgeport, Buckhannon-Upshur, East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior, Grafton, Lewis County, Liberty, Lincoln, North Marion, Philip Barbour, Preston and Robert C. Bird are in the field.
Editor's Note: Kavaughn Summers gets the upperhand on his foe in the top photo, while Coach Chris Courtney gives a pep talk prior to the Indians' final home meet of the 2017-18 season. Photos by Joey Signorelli of

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