Elkins High School wrestling coach Chris Hamrick knows his young squad is a work in progress.
In Wednesday night's tri-match season opener against Big 10 Conference powers Buckhannon-Upshur and Lewis County at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium, the second-year Tiger coach mentor some positives, despite two defeats.
"This was a measuring stick to see where we are at (early in the season)," Hamrick said. "B-U has tremendous talent and a team I think can be among the best in the state. Lewis County has a lot of kids, which gives them an edge over us.
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Elkins High School’s Tyler Reed battles Lewis County’s Corey Thompson during a Big 10 Conference tri-match Wednesday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
"We're trying to build a program here like those two have."
The Tigers lost a 52-11 decision to Lewis County in their first match, while falling to the Bucs, 77-6.
A pair of freshman recorded pins for Elkins on the evening as Devin Young defeated Lewis County's Corey Richards in a 120-pound bout, while Alex Taylor earned a victory over B-U's Dalton Ramsey at 145.
"We have a lot of young talent," Hamrick said. "Both Devin and Alex showed that tonight with their efforts."
B-U, which is ranked ninth in the state, defeated Lewis County in its other match, 51-30, to take the three-way match.
The Bucs' Brandon Tenney (106) and Daniel Nolte (220) stayed undefeated on the season with two wins on Wednesday night. Tenney pinned Elkins' Tyler Reed and Lewis County's Corey Thompson, while Nolte earned pins over the Tigers' Chris Clarkson and the Minutemen's Ben Holden.
Elkins will remain home at 6 p.m. Friday to face Big 10 Conference foes Robert C. Byrd, Preston and Fairmont Senior.
"It's great to be able to wrestle at home," Hamrick said.
"I think we're building some credibility and getting some other schools to come to our place."