Thus, mysteries abound all weekend as top-flight competitors like Humphreys run into unfamiliar opponents.
"You just go out there and try to get a feel for it in the first period,'' Humphreys said, "and after that, whatever works in the first period, just keep doing it.''
Cochran marvels at the resiliency of Humphreys, who surpassed 100 career wins during the Musselman Duals during the final weekend of December.
Winfield's coach recognizes that many people will expect Humphreys to win two more state titles, since he did so as a sophomore, but also realizes that others have yet to give his top wrestler his due.
"Even though he's virtually unscored on and a defending state champ,'' Cochran said, "there are a lot of people out there who don't give him any respect. They say, 'Oh, he just got lucky last year. He's got a fluke about him.'
"But he's a natural wrestler. He's really just tenacious and strong. He would chew off his arm than get caught in a trap. And he brings that every match, so he's very difficult to wrestle. He's mentally strong, too, which is kind of nice. He's a competitor.''
This year's WSAZ meet is spiced by the presence of the state's top two AAA programs, No. 1-ranked and defending champion Huntington and No. 2 Parkersburg South, the 18-time state titlist. It's the first time all season they've competed at the same tournament.
Also on hand are AA-A No. 1 Independence and No. 2 Greenbrier West (the defending state champ in that class).
Through Friday's matches, South led the team standings with 85 points, with Independence (82), Huntington (79), Cabell Midland (77) and Greenbrier West and North Marion (731/2) rounding out the top five scores. George Washington (661/2) stood eighth and Riverside (58) ninth.
The first round of the middle school portion of the tournament was set to follow the high school division Friday night.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.