The Wildcats will boast the No. 1-seeded grappler at 220 pounds in Hunter Skeens, although he could face a tough test in Herbert Hoover's No. 2-seeded Zane Weese, who finished as the state runner-up last year and is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AA-A according to wvmat.com. The two are a combined 35-0 on the season.
If those two wind up meeting in the finals it would make for quite a showdown, but they're far from the only headliners in the field.
The Generals' Bryce Humphreys (19-0), who won a state championship in the 126-pound division last year, is ranked No. 1 in the state at 132 pounds, joining Weese as the only top-ranked West Virginia wrestlers in the field.
Cochran said the junior is improving as the season wears on in his quest for another state championship.
"Bryce is doing a great job," Cochran said. "He went to the Musselman wrestling tournament and saw some tough competition up there. He beat a kid that was the state champion in Virginia, but he's got a tough weight class, even at this tournament.
"That's what it's about. It's nice this tournament is so close to home and is bringing some tough teams into it. Wrestling tough competition - you just get better."
Herbert Hoover came in at No. 9 in the Class AA-A team poll on Wednesday, marking its second-straight appearance in the rankings.
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