CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Prep wrestling in the area may be down a bit these days, but it won't stop seven schools from determining Kanawha County supremacy today.
The Kanawha County Championships will be held at Nitro High School starting at 11 a.m. with a brief ceremony recognizing the seniors in the area.
Every school that fields a wrestling squad in the county will be there with the exception of Capital, which has not competed in the event in its three-year history.
The meet started at George Washington, was at Herbert Hoover last year and will be held at Nitro this year with the idea that each of the seven competing schools will get a chance to host the event going in alphabetical order.
While the meet will hold plenty of importance based on local bragging rights alone, there is no denying it won't have much impact based on statewide rankings.
None of the seven teams are in wvmat.com's top 10 ratings, and only GW's Jake Smith (Class AAA, 160 pounds) and Herbert Hoover's Richard Woods (AA-A, 285) are ranked atop any weight class.
Still, GW coach Richard Harper said the event's benefits for the area are what really matter today.
"It's a great tournament," Harper said. "It's good for everybody in this area to try to build wrestling programs up this way. That was our main reason for doing it. And also it recognizes the seniors, so it's a good night for guys like Jake Smith. They get to walk out with their parents and get recognized for all the hard work they've put in over their careers."