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Price, Osborne suffer tight losses in finals (With Gallery) | Sports

HUNTINGTON — Two of the area’s top wrestlers took agonizing losses in the finals of the 75th annual state tournament.

Independence junior Judah Price suffered a 2-1 sudden victory loss to Point Pleasant’s Justin Bartee in the Class AA-A 145-pound state championship. A few moments later, Woodrow Wilson 152-pound junior Ethan Osborne faced a similar fate, falling 1-0 to Patrick Jackson of Spring Mills.

Both were going for their first state championship.

Price (30-2) was in a rematch with Bartee, a senior Price beat 4-3 in the third-place match of the WSAZ Invitational.

Bartee got an escape in the second period and Price got one in the third to force sudden victory. It stayed tied after 60 seconds.

Bartee won the coin flip and chose bottom for the next period and escaped for a 2-1 lead. In the next 30-second period, Price got his chance at bottom but could not quite get free and Bartee won to become a four-time state champion.

“A heartbreaking loss for Judah,” Independence coach Jeremy Hart said. “Judah’s just the hardest-working kid. Just such a good kid. Your heart breaks for him.”

The Patriots finished in fourth overall and third among Class AA teams with 110 points. Fairmont and Class A state champion Cameron both finished with 116.5 points.

Point Pleasant won its fourth straight state title with 233 points.

Osborne, meanwhile, was unable to mount much offense in his match against Jackson. It was his third loss of the season to the Spring Mills junior.

Jackson got an escape point in the second period and made it hold up. Osborne came close to getting an escape and a reversal in the third period but couldn’t quite complete them.

“We felt like he needed to go out there and fight a little bit more, attack him a little bit more,” said Woodrow Wilson coach and Ethan’s dad Matt Osborne. “He played defense the whole time.”

Woodrow finished the tournament in sixth place with 110 points. With Osborne’s runner-up finish and J.J. Bailes’ 113-pound state championship, the Flying Eagles had multiple wrestlers in the finals for the first time since Keith Honaker (119), Mike Honaker (125) and John Bennett (152) all finished runner-up in 1989.

That team, too, finished sixth in the state (77 points) and was the last Woodrow team to win a regional championship before this year’s team did it last month.

Wheeling Park unseated seven-time champion Parkersburg South to win the Class AAA team state championship with 207.5 points. University was runner-up with 176.

Rounding out the top five were Spring Mills (155.5), Huntington (126) and Parkersburg South (116).

Greenbrier West finished runner-up in the Class A team race with 62 points and was 10th overall.

Here is a complete list of area place finishers:

Class AA-A

106: Dillon Perdue, Independence, 1st

113: Tucker Lilly, Greenbrier West, 4th

120: Joshua Goode, Shady Spring, 3rd

126: Clayton Robinson, Greenbrier West, 6th

132: Moses Gray, Greenbrier West, 6th

138: Caleyb Nichols, Independence, 6th

145: Judah Price, Independence, 2nd

170: Colten Caron, Independence, 1st

Dalton Hanshaw, Nicholas County, 4th

182: Conner Jones, Nicholas County, 3rd; Cole Vandall, Greenbrier West, 4th

220: Tyler Workman, Richwood, 6th

285: Logan Isom, Independence, 3rd

Class AAA

106: Garrett Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, 4th

113: J.J. Bailes, Woodrow Wilson, 1st

152: Ethan Osborne, Woodrow Wilson, 2nd

195: Jay Jones, Woodrow Wilson, 3rd

220: Thomas Mullins, Greenbrier East, 5th

285: Jackson Evans, Woodrow Wilson, 3rd; Colton Naylor, Oak Hill, 6th

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