By: Taryn Matheny
The Ripley wrestling team came into the state tournament in Huntington on March 23-25. They’d had a very successful season, and felt like this could be their chance to win it all.
The wrestlers had a very successful first day of the tournament, only suffering one loss. In the quarter finals they again only had one of their wrestlers lose and had nine guys moving on into the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, they performed very well and took five out of their nine Vikings into the finals. The five to move on to the finals were Jake Martin, Preston Martin, Adam Bicak, David Hicks, and Daryl Hicks.
After the second day of the tournament, the Vikings had the lead over Parkersburg South and were giving the Patriots a run for their money for the first time in years. The Vikings still had nine guys in the tournament and were hoping to pull one out.
The Vikings had nine people to place in the tournament. In 6th place: Austin Hileman and Greg Medina; in 4th place: Jarred Burdette; 3rd place: Jared Simpkins; Runner up: Preston Martin and Daryl Hicks; and State Champion: Jake Martin, 3 time state champion David Hicks, and 4 time state champion Adam Bicak.
“It felt great after all of the hard work I’ve put in over the years to pick up that 4th win in the finals,” said Senior Adam Bicak.
“It was a tough transition into wrestling at the high school, but I was able to hold my own, and it feels great to win this first one, said Freshman Jake Martin.
The Ripley Vikings made a good run, but came up just short, becoming runner-up to Parkersburg South with 199 and a half points and Ripley having 182. The Vikings had a great season and are looking to carry on their success to the next season.