By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 27, 2014
Wrestling has never been a premier winter sport at Logan High School, however, the school has produced three state champions over the years in Andrew Jackson (1965), Cornelius Godfrey (2007) and Michael Cotterall (2010) and a long list of state tournament qualifiers.
Alex Crum is the latest qualifier for Logan.
Crum, a 195-pounder, begins his quest for a state championship on Thursday as he is scheduled to compete in the Class AAA state tournament at Huntington.
Crum advanced to state with a third-place showing at the Region IV championships at Cabell Midland last Saturday.
The senior is returning to the state tourney for the first time since his sophomore season.
Crum missed last season due to an injury sustained in practice prior to regionals.
He has amassed an impressive four-year record of 109-41 at LHS and earned his 100th career victory at Wahama earlier in the season as he beat Capital’s Chris Harris, a ranked wrestler who is also headed to the state tourney.
Logan third-year head coach Jason Davis said he is optimistic about Crum’s chances.
“Alex has been wrestling since his sixth-grade year,” Davis said. “I have had the pleasure of coaching him six of those seven.”
Crum holds the distinction as the first Logan native who has competed seven years interscholastically.
“I am pleased continuing the tradition of having at least one Logan wrestler qualifying for state. I feel Alex’s draw is a good one. He has a great chance of success this weekend,” Davis said. “Out of the 15 other wrestlers competing we have seen nine of them.”
Other members of the LHS wrestling team also turned in fine seasons.
Junior Jacob “The Hammer” Browning, competing in the 220-pound weight class, went 29-7 and just missed making it to the state tourney as he placed fifth in the regionals. The top four moved on.
Also competing for the Wildcats this year were: freshmen Michael Dehart 9-22 (138) and Daniel Browning 18-9 (152); sophomores Matthew Cox 18-4 (160 and Mark Adams 5-16 (182); and senior Aric Chance Ooten 18-9 (220).
“This year I finally had a full time mat maid in Sarah Browning,” Coach Davis said. “She was invaluable. Jeff Jude was also an invaluable part of our team. Jeff serves as trainer for Logan High athletics and is the school nurse. I am proud of all our kids they worked ward this year.”