The Huskies and Patriots seem to be the favorites coming into today as Hoover has four individual wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes in Class AA-A and GW has seven listed in the Class AAA lists.
But Harper said this tournament is more about trying to get healthy and getting prepared for the approaching postseason.
"It's good for guys to get some extra matches and a little extra work in," Harper said. "But it's not like going to a big, grueling tournament and getting beat up all day. It's more of a relaxed tournament where we get to introduce the seniors and have a good time.
"The kids know that being a county champion is OK, but the big picture is the state tournament. [A county title] is nice to have on a resume, but at the same time our goal for the whole season is to advance in the postseason."
Other than the Patriots, Huskies, and the host Wildcats, St. Albans, Riverside, South Charleston and Sissonville will also compete.
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