West Branch Wrestling Season Recap: Battling Challenges, Celebrating Individual Triumphs

The Warriors lineup preparing for the introduction of who they are wrestling.
The Warriors lineup preparing for the introduction of who they are wrestling.
Image/Graphics by Jenna Mertz

The Warriors opened their season with the Inter-County Conference Tournament at Claysburg-Kimmel, where as a team they placed 10th. While also having some individual success, Landon Bainey placed 1st, Hunter Schnarrs placed 3rd, and Jake Mann placed 4th. The Warriors traveled to Curwensville next to wrestle against the Golden Tide, where they lost 39-36. They then had a dual against Juniata Valley, which they won 39-36, followed by another dual at home against Moshannon Valley, where they lost 47-24.

The Warriors traveled to Chambersburg High School to compete in the MyHouse Trojan Wars Tournament. As a team, West Branch placed 46th, and individually, Landon Bainey finished in 3rd place. Next, the Warriors had a dual meet at home against Claysburg-Kimmel and won 42-35, then traveled to Mount Union and lost 45-27. The Warriors traveled to Claysburg once more to compete in the Claysburg-Kimmel duals. They went 1-5, losing against Northern Bedford 42-28, Moshannon Valley 40-23, Central 48-21, Tussey Mountain 32-30, and Meyersdale 37-28, while winning against Conemaugh Township 38-30. Although they went 1-5 as a team, Landon Bainey and Carter Yingling individually went 6-0.

The Warriors then traveled to Juniata High School for the Juniata Pooled Duals, where they went 2-6, losing against East Pennsboro 42-25, Newport 61-12, Salisbury Township 48-23, Bedford 36-33, and winning against Susquenita 30-28, and Mercer 48-12. The Warriors then traveled to the Mercer VFW tournament, where they placed 7th as a team. Individually, Landon Bainey placed 1st, Hunter Schnarrs placed 2nd, Bryce English placed 3rd, Drake Taylor, Reed Yingling, and Carter Yingling all placed 6th.

The Warriors then held their annual Ultimate Warrior tournament, where they placed 32nd as a team, and Landon Bainey placed 2nd. The Warriors traveled to Philipsburg for a dual meet and lost 61-9, then held a Tyrone for a dual meet at home, where they lost 36-33. The Warriors have the individual district left in their season. Hunter Schnarrs remarked on the season, saying, “The season didn’t really go the way we wanted, but hopefully next year they can turn it around.”

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