|Submitted by Rick Brewer|
Calhoun County High School held its Annual Wrestling
Invitational this past Saturday, January 19. Unfortunately
dangerous weather conditions forced eight of the
thirteen schools scheduled to participate in
Saturday's event to cancel.
With only five schools
present the Invitational was reduced to a team dual
tournament. The competition proceeded as scheduled,
much to my pleasure and that of the wrestlers.
team scores were tallied no individual or team
trophies were awarded. Due to the cancellations the
event was forced to continue with less than half of
the teams scheduled to participate.
It was decided
that the Calhoun Invitational would be rescheduled for
February 9, 2002.
The teams that managed to
negotiate the poor road conditions and participate in
Saturday's competition were Greenbriar West, Ritchie
County, Meadowbridge, Woodrow Wilson and Calhoun
County. As always our boys did exceptionally well.
Calhoun defeated the opposing teams by a wide margin
of points. Those attending Saturday's event were
privileged to watch an inspiring young wrestler from
Washington D.C., compete against our West Virginia
boys. Renaldo Rosemond is a senior at Woodrow Wilson
High School. Renaldo started wrestling as a sophomore.
What makes Renaldo stand out among other wrestlers is
that Renaldo is blind. Renaldo's ambition to wrestle
would not be stifled by what others may interpret as
an overwhelming handicap.
I spoke with Renaldo and
several of his teammates only to learn that not only
does Renaldo wrestle but he roller blades as well.
Other activities include swimming and snow skiing.
Tsedal Ashby, the team scorekeeper told me that
Renaldo will even do back flips off the diving board.
Renaldo wrestled four times this past Saturday,
winning two of his four matches by pen. His record for
the year is six wins and nine losses. After graduation
Renaldo hopes to attend the University of Connecticut
to study computers. I somehow believe Renaldo's hopes
will become a reality. Good luck to you Renaldo, you
are certainly an example of courage and determination.
Woodrow Wilson High School is the only public school
in D.C. that has a wrestling team. There are thirteen
public schools with wrestling teams. Woodrow Wilson
often travels to compete. This D.C. team, coached by
Ed Coss travels to Calhoun County each year to compete
at our Invitational.
Calhoun's Jeff Morris shakes with Woodrow
Renaldo Rosemond as they prepare to wrestle
Derrick Metz rolls his opponent into the
cradle position for the pen
Justin Price fights for position against a
Woodrow Wilson opponent
Dustin Nichols positions opponent to lock on the
Chris Boone prepares to roll Woodrow Wilson
opponent using the cradle for the pen
Justin Ashly raps opponent up for the pen
Calhoun's Damon Merola fights to control his
as he attempts to gain a point with
Boozie Wolverton chats with Woodrow Wilson's
Woodrow Wilson's Renaldo Rosemond fights to
control his Calhoun opponent and eventually goes on to
win the match with a pen
Derrick Metz executes what is known as a spladle on
Jared Brewer pens Woodrow Wilson's Reggie Snowden
Paramedics attend to injured wrestler
Woodrow Wilson's Bryan Lofton struggles
Calhoun's Damon Merola to his back