Weese brought a 48-0 record into the AA-A 220-pound finals but was pinned in 4:52 by Matt Parkinson of Berkeley Springs (52-1).
The match was scoreless heading into the third and final two-minute period. Weese placed fifth at 195 last year.
Huntington had never before won an SSAC-sanctioned state wrestling title, though it did claim an unofficial state championship in 1922. The SSAC began recognizing state champs in 1948.
The Highlanders twice before had finished second in the state meet.
"This team will get identified for being the first [to win],'' Archer said, "but honestly it's been a long building process. Wrestling isn't like other sports where you get a couple key guys. You put a team together and start at a young age and build a pyramid.
"I wish the guys who came before them could get some of the credit, too, because they deserve it. I've got guys' names in my head who paid the price to give these kids a [chance]. They just kept the level up, and now here we are.''
Huntington didn't accomplish its goal without a bit of adversity. It was ranked No. 1 all season long, giving opponents a target to shoot at, had various ailments and lost one of the state's top-ranked wrestlers just before the WSAZ Invitational when he was kicked off the squad.
"There's never a season without adversity,'' Archer said. "Someone gets hurt or sick or you lose a kid. We've been through our share, but our kids have been tough the whole way.
"I don't think they believed they were No. 1 until now, and that's what's been good. They believed it could potentially be theirs, but now it's nice to say, 'Hey, we did it.' We kept telling them not to overlook things, and they bought into that. It's hard to get 15-, 18-year-old kids to buy into that.''
As if Huntington's rise to glory wasn't enough, some of the sport's past powers dropped off a bit during what turned out to be an historic meet.
Parkersburg South, which had won the past four AAA crowns, didn't put a wrestler into the finals for the first time since 1993. Oak Glen, which won 13 AA-A titles in a row from 1997-2009, ended up in 12th place.
Point Pleasant, which succeeded Oak Glen as the AA-A champ in 2010 and took three straight titles, moved up to AAA this year and finished sixth.
Other place-winners for the Kanawha Valley Saturday were:
Both of the most outstanding wrestler awards ended in ties.
In AAA, Jake Martin of Ripley (138) shared the honor with Huntington's Arthur (145). In AA-A, a three-way deadlock emerged between Cody Goff of Grafton (113), Tyler Parker of Greenbrier West (170) and Jesse Roman of East Fairmont (195).
The AAA coach award went to Huntington's Archer and the AA-A honor to Jeremy Tincher of Greenbrier West.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.