By Michael Minnich
Tribune Sports Editor
FAIRMONT—The Keyser Golden Tornado had four wrestlers place in the top eight in their respective weight classes and finished 20th as a team at the Winner's Choice tournament at the Woody Williams Armory in Fairmont on Friday and Saturday.
Beau Horner finished fourth at 160 pounds, Tyler Staggs sixth at 106, Ethen Whitlock seventh at 132, and Shayden Daugherty eighth at 152.
Horner advanced to the semifinals with a 23-second pin and a pair of 5-0 wins by decision, then lost a 16-8 major decision to eventual champion Hunter Jones of George Washington.
The KHS senior rebounded to win his consolation semifinal by a 3-0 decision, then was pinned in 1:29 in the third-place match.
After a first-round bye, Staggs posted wins by 7-0 decision and a pin in 1:53 to get to the semifinals, where, he lost by technical fall to champion Cole Laya of East Fairmont, 16-1.
Staggs then lost an 11-3 major decision in the consolation semifinals and was pinned in 4:30 in the fifth-place bout.
Whitlock had a bye, then won his second-round match by an 8-5 decision.
After a loss by pin in 2:28 in the quarterfinals, Whitlock needed just 33 seconds to win his consolation quarterfinal, then lost a 7-3 decision in the consolation semis.
In the seventh-place match, Whitlock got out to a solid early lead, but had to fight off a determined Kaleb Fazenbaker of Fairmont Senior to win by one.
Daugherty had a bye, then won a 3-1 decision in the second round.
A 20-2 technical fall loss to champion Kyle Elliott sent Daugherty into the consolation bracket, where he won his first match by fall in 1:44.
Losses by pin in the consolation quarterfinals and by major decision for seventh place followed.
Jacob Biser was pinned in his first match at 220, but picked up shutout wins by major decision, 8-0, and decision, 3-0, in the consolation bracket before being pinned.
Tyler Mason, wrestling at 138, was pinned, won a 4-2 decision in his first consolation match, then was pinned in his second one.
Steven White, at 285, picked up a win by pin in 1:25 to open his tournament, but was pinned in his two subsequent matches.
At 120 pounds, Tanner Deal was pinned in both of his matches.
At 126, Ezra Parks dropped a 10-2 decision and was pinned in his consolation match.
Darko Valencia lost by pin in both of his matches at 145 pounds.
Ryan DuVall was pinned twice at 170.
Keyser returns home to host a tri-match against Fort Hill and Southern on Wednesday, with action underway at 6 p.m.
Keyser places 4 at Winner's Choice
By Michael Minnich