Cornelius Godfrey probably would have liked what he saw on Saturday.
The Logan and Man high school wrestling teams jointly hosted the first-ever Cornelius Godfrey Memorial Invitational Duals at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The meet was named after the late Godfrey, a former LHS wrestling champion, who was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident a number of years ago in the Columbus, Ohio area.
Logan and Man joined Lincoln County, Mingo Central, Belfry (Ky.) and Pike Central (Ky.) in the competition.
Logan won Saturday’s meet, via tiebreaker, with 88 points.
Both Logan and Man competed very well in the meet. Man, coached by former Logan wrestling coach Tim McCoy, is fielding a wrestling team for the first time in decades. Logan is coached by Jason Davis.
Logan’s Stephen Clemens won the 126-pound tourney championship.
Austin Thompson of Logan, won first place in the 145-pound weight class.
Man’s Sam Milton won the 152-pound weight title.
Daniel Browning of Logan took first in 182, while Man’s Dustin McCoy won in the 220-pound division.
Man also had three second-place finishes as Michael Browning (132), Daniel Browning (138) and Dennis Browning (285) were all runner-ups. Logan’s Jacob Brown was second in the 170-pound weight class.
Coach Davis said the wrestling meet was a big success.
“I am very proud of our Logan and Man high wrestlers for their hard work on and off the mat,” he said. “Winning first place as a team will hopefully be a springboard for success in the conference and regional tournaments. I cannot thank Coach McCoy, the Logan High and Man High wrestlers and their families enough for making this tournament a success. I know Corny would be proud. Next year we will expand the number of teams. We are talking of making it a wrestling weekend at Willie Akers Arena by having a middle school and high school tournament Friday and Saturday and a youth tournament on Sunday.
Davis said he has a lot of people to thank.
“I want to thank the following high schools for attending: Man, Lincoln County, Mingo Central, Pike Central and Belfry,” he said. “I want to extend my gratitude to: the Logan County Commission, Logan Regional Medical Center, Chris Connelly and McDonalds of Logan, LB&T, Davis Teleconsulting, Stereo Video Unlimited, Dehart Insurance Services, Akers-Stone Trophies and Dan and Dave’s, for their support. I also want to thank the many people who worked their tails off before during and after the tournament: Coach Tim McCoy, Lincoln County Coach Dwayne Hicks, Mingo Central Coach Robert Hammond, Youth League Coach Nick McCoy, Mark and Missy McCoy, Cyndee, Guy and Nick Lowes, Sandy Thompson, Madison Mullins, Jason Browning, Bill McDonald, Steve Clemens, Leroy Dehart, Gary Browning, Travis Tomblin, Jessica Loggins, Jeff and Cherith Altizer, Natalie and Jake Sheppard, Leeann Milton Tackett, Madison Ooten, Kenna Jeffrey, Kenadee Vance, Gary Mullins, Josh Fry, Matt Meeks, Dale Browning, Brenda Baxter, Kevin Gertz, Zach Green, Lindsey Gore, Allan Hatcher and Fuji Williams.
“If I left anyone off please accept my sincerest apologies. Without the support of Athletic Director/Vice Principal Brian Atkinson and Logan High Principal Kelly Stanley this tournament would not have been possible.”
The Logan wrestling team is scheduled to return to the mats on Jan. 20-21 with the WSAZ Invitational at Huntington.
Man travels to Wahama on Thursday and then goes to Huntington for the WSAZ event.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).