"I came out with good performances this weekend,'' he said. "I kind of surprise myself. I think I'm on the right track to be on top of the podium in February [at the state tournament].
"I'm just working hard and trying to stay healthy. I'm hitting the weight room even harder. I'm just trying to seal the deal.''
The small schools packed quite a punch at the WSAZ Invitational.
Greenbrier West and Independence turned in top 10 performances. The WSAZ format puts the squeeze on the smaller schools since everyone competes in the same division for the same individual and team titles.
West's Malik Boatwright (152) and Tyler Parker (170) claimed individual championships, as did Independence's Colton Ward (132).
"We've had a good weekend,'' said Greenbrier West coach Jeremy Tincher. "We've had several good weekends in a row. We've won the last three tournaments. We've been on a nice run and the kids are working hard. Things are going really well right now.''
Tincher said he brought West to the WSAZ for the first time since he has been coach.
"For us it's been a long process [to compete at this level],'' the West coach said. "This group of kids, they've been with us in our youth program since they were all 6 and 7 years old and we're starting nine sophomores.
"It's been a whole community. It's been the parents, administrators, the volunteer coaches and dads. Selling cupcakes in the concession stand. It's taken about five years to get the program where we want it.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.