"That's where kids separate themselves," Archer said of the Cadet/Junior Nationals. "It shows what you can do on the national level. You're on the radar."
As a freshman, Arthur went 39-3 and won the states at 119. A year later, he had to settle for third at 130, losing to senior Kyle Bauer of Wheeling Park in the semifinals. That was the wakeup call in a 33-8 season.
"That was a turning point for him," Archer said. "He had a lot of talent and competitive fire. He continued to work on those skills and that fire. He wanted to be great. That's what made him a good all-around wrestler."
"Everything I've done makes up for that loss my sophomore year," Arthur said. "It left a little pit in my stomach. It was a motivator. I didn't want to go through that again. I won my freshman year, I think I can win again. I got caught. A senior got hold of me. I learned."
Arthur admitted it was difficult watching other teams, mainly Parkersburg South or Parkersburg, leave town with the Class AAA title each year. Even though the Highlanders finished No. 1 in the poll and won the Region IV title, Arthur took nothing for granted when his final state tournament began.
"Every year you look at somebody else. We still had to prove ourselves," Arthur said. "I think we can be a factor from here on."
Archer knows all about college wrestling as he enjoyed four years at Ohio State. He believes Arthur has what it takes to succeed on the next level.
"If he keeps the intensity level up, I think he can handle it," Archer said. "The goals never change. He wants to be a national champion. He's been there enough. He's ready for the next hurdle."