The season has ended for the CCHS wrestling team, too. The boys travelled to Huntington to take part in the State Wrestling Championship this past weekend. Five wrestlers from CCHS competed in the annual event. It was to be a tough competition for the Panthers and for most who wrestled. This year it seemed that every wrestler was made of the same salt and to get through each round was like wrestling for your life. Brandon White, a Senior in the 195lb bracket, had one of the toughest weight brackets to wrestle in. However, White, considered one of the best in the state, proved it by placing third in the competition. He missed being in the championship match by one point but fought back after the initial loss to have the honor of standing on the podium at the end of the day. Austin Dobbins was ejected from the tournament in what seemed to be an unfair call by the officials. Throughout his match, his opponent taunted him with trash talk such as, “You can’t handle me, @!*%.” He was also punched in the face during the match, out of sight of the official, of course. Dobbins kept his cool during the match even when his opponent was out scoring him, and at the end of the match when the smoke cleared, he had lost on points. As they got up off the floor, his opponent decided to get one last jab in at Dobbins and shouted another oath at him, telling him once again how he couldn’t handle him. Dobbins turned to face him and had had enough at this point. Dobbins suggested his opponent be man enough to say whatever he had to say directly, and his opponent did exactly that with an in your face attitude. Dobbins gave him a push out of his personal space, and at that point he was ejected. Unfair? You make the call. Austin Dobbins took the decision, showing the true class and sportsmanship of a CCHS wrestler. The rest of the team – Brandon Stutler, Ryan Stewart and Blake Belcher all had a good tournament and racked up some wins. The CCHS wrestlers had a good tournament and with a third place finish under their belt, finished their season on a high note. For Brandon White, Austin Dobbins and Brandon Stutler this would be their last time on the mats for CCHS. Their guts and determination throughout their years as students and members of sports teams will be remembered for a long time. These young men will be missed for sure.