ROMNEY, W.Va. - The 2018 EAAB Winter Tournament (Cheerleading and Wrestling) was held at the New York Institute for Special Education on January 26-28. There were many teams present, including: West Virginia School for the Blind, New York Institute for Special Education, Overbrook School for the Blind, Governor Morehead School for the Blind, and Maryland School for the Blind.
The WVSB Wrestling team, coached by Matt Stewart, had four competing athletes: Nick Shank, Tessa Acord, Zach Allen, and Destiny Waugh. Tessa Acord and Nick Shank both placed 2nd in their weight divisions, with Nick Shank in the finals. Zach Allen and Destiny Waugh each won 1st place by forfeit in their weight divisions. Along with the normal wrestling matches, each member of the team had the opportunity to wrestle in exhibition matches. The team also won the Sportsmanship Trophy. Nick Shank talked about his wrestling experience, "Wrestling was really fun, and I am really looking forward to being on the team next season. It was my first tournament for wrestling, and I feel that I did really well." Nick Shank was a first year wrestler for the team.
Note: When wrestling someone who is blind or visually impaired the rules state that opponents must remain in contact with each other at all times.
The Cheerleading squad, coached by Danielle Emerick-Engle, had three team members participating in the competition: Sadie Moon, Tessa Acord, and Destiny Waugh. The team performed for the exhibition at the tournament. Sadie Moon, a senior at WVSB, won 2nd place in the individual cheerleader competition in which she performed a dance and a cheer.
Cheerleader Tessa Acord provided some thoughts on the cheerleading squad, "The cheer season went good, and I am looking forward to being on the team next year as well. I felt good about how my team did in the tournament, although we only got to compete in the exhibition. I think we did well considering we only had three people."
WVSB is proud of everyone involved in the 2018 EAAB Wrestling and Cheerleading Tournament and the sportsmanship shown by the athletes.