HUNTINGTON - Silver was the color of the night for area finalists Saturday at the West Virginia High School Wrestling Championships.
Finalists from Wheeling Park, John Marshall, Brooke and Madonna all finished second as the 66th annual event concluded at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Huntington won its first Class AAA championship, ending Parkersburg South's string of four straight. It also marked the first time a non-Parkersburg school didn't win the crown since 2006 (Wheeling Park). Still, either South or Parkersburg has won the title every year, except two, since 1988. North Marion won in 1998.
TAKING SECOND — Madonna’s Garrett Hypes battles Greenbrier West’s Malik Boatwright in Saturday night’s Class AA-A 152-pound final. Boatwright won, 5-2.
Greenbrier West garnered its first Class AA-A crown by edging Independence.
Preston's Terrance Fanning dethroned Brooke senior Nate Dawson (44-6) as 195-pound champion.
In a rematch of last week's regional final won by Fanning, the junior captured his first state crown with a thrilling 6-3 victory.
Dawson finished his career with a state championship, two state runner-ups and a fourth-place showing in 2010.
Madonna's Garrett Hypes (28-4) finished second after dropping a 5-2 verdict to Greenbrier West's Malik Boatwright in the Class AA-A 152-pound final.
Boatwright, who won his first state title after finishing third and second the past two seasons, finished the season 42-0.
Hypes, a senior, was third in 2010 at 130.
Wheeling Park's first opportunity at a state championship ended quickly when Huntington's Jordan Allen tech falled Dallas Baciak, 15-0, in the second period of their 113-pound final.
It was Allen's second straight title in the weight class.
Baciak finished his sophomore season (35-5) with his first state placement after finishing second at the Region One meet last week.
Jonny Davis (33-7) tried again for the Patriots in the 145-pound final. But he, too, fell to an experienced Highlander - Justin Arthur - by pin in 4:28.
"We came down here with goals of championships, obviously," Patriots coach Jack Doyle said. "The guys wrestled there butts off all week. Every wrestler that came down scored points for us."
Doyle also provided an update of Cody Amos' condition. Amos, Park's 182-pound stalwart, suffered a concussion in Friday's quarterfinal match and left the arena via medical squad.
"He's home and doing well," Doyle said. "He has a concussion. He had a bloody nose and fainted. We don't know if (the concussion) happened when he fainted or during the match.
"You hate to see a senior go out like that. You hate to see him go out without an opportunity to win a state title. Its kind of heartbreaking."
John Marshall's junior Cullen Ebbert (41-4) hung tough with Parkersburg's Tyler Riddle, but Riddle came on late and posted an 8-4 victory in the 220-pound finale.
Riddle turned the tables after falling to Ebbert at the Region One meet last week.
Ebbert was fourth at 220 pounds last season.
In Park's consolation bouts early Saturday, Geremy Paige garnered third place at 195 by pinning Ripley's Gregorio Medina in 2:43.
The Patriots' Dylan Taylor went 1-for-1 and finished fourth at 138. Danny Colby also finished fourth at 160.
Brooke's Skippy Scurry was fourth at 182, while the Bruins' Dillon Shaw won fifth at 152 by besting Parkersburg South's Jake Alexander, 4-1. Brooke's Preston Wise was sixth (285). He was injured during his fifth-place match and had to withdraw.
Earlier Saturday, Oak Glen's Kyle Mack wrapped up a third-place showing at 126 with a 1-0 triumph against North Marion's Ryan Arnett.
Mack's teammate - Josh Cornell - was fourth at 120, while Oak Glen sophomore Danny Wyke was sixth at 113.
John Marshall's Zach Tubaugh clinched fifth place at 113 with a 13-2 major decision of Parkersburg's Nick Johnson.
Placers for South included: Logan Ball (fourth, 106), Lance Hill (third, 113), Braidon Knotts (sixth, 120), Jordan Quiocho (fourth, 132), Dylan Alexander (fifth, 145), Jake Alexander (sixth, 152), Briar Shively (third, 160), Matthew Dixon (sixth, 195) and Thomas Hall (fifth, 285).
Also taking the awards' stand for University were: Isaiah Hood (sixth, 126), Scott Lopez (fifth, 132) and Nate Constante (third, 170).