Beyond that pair, Harper said his squad is looking good thus far.
"We've got some new guys and a few guys back with experience, some who were one match from placing last year," he said. "They've been working real hard in the offseason. This early, you just never know."
While the Patriots are likely the most tournament-tested team in the Valley, there are several individuals worth keeping a close eye on. Those include junior Zane Weese at Herbert Hoover, who finished fifth at 195 in the state tournament; Winfield sophomore Bryce Humphreys, who placed sixth at 120 as a freshman; and Nitro sophomore David Smith, a heavyweight who qualified for the state meet last season before dropping his opening match to the eventual state runner-up.
Around the state, three two-time champions return. Parkersburg senior Jared Haught won at 182 last season and at 160 as a sophomore; Musselman senior Cody Spinks won at 152 as a junior and 145 as a sophomore; and Huntington senior Justin Arthur, who won at 138 as a junior and 119 as a freshman.
Parkersburg South is the defending Class AAA champion, and with the departure of Point Pleasant, the AA-A field is likely to be wide open. Independence, Clay and Wirt finished behind Point in last year's state tournament, while newcomers East Fairmont (7th in AAA), North Marion (10th in AAA) and Bridgeport (15th in AAA) will be looking to make a splash in the small-schools division.
The state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.