Josh Fisher (H.M. @ 125) Named West Virginia?s Top Prep Wrestler
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The pursuit of the ultimate achievement for Roane County senior Josh Fisher (H.M. @ 125) has been accomplished.
A four-time state wrestling champion for the Raiders, Fisher has been honored as the recipient of the 27th Robert Dutton Award, presented annually to the best prep wrestler in the Mountain State by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
?Definitely, it is what I wanted the most,? Fisher said upon hearing the news. ?It?s awesome. That?s about all I can say about it. I?m pretty happy.?
Undefeated during his first two years of high school wrestling, Fisher finished his career as the 11th four-time state champion in West Virginia history and posted a career mark of 162-3. That included never losing to an in-state grappler as he won titles at 103, 112 and then at 125 each of the past two seasons.
?He?s certainly been special to have in the practice room and on the team because I know he sets a good example for the rest of those guys,? said Roane County head coach Wayne Jarvis, who noted Fisher holds Raider school records for wins and his 110 career pins. ?It?s an example that?s hard to follow because he puts in so much time in the offseason.?
A two-time National High School Coaches Association all-American and a sophomore national champion at 112 pounds, Fisher accepted a scholarship to continue his wrestling career at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. Along with being honored as one of the nation?s top 100 recruits for the class of 2011 by InterMat, Fisher also was a national runner-up at 119 last year at the FloNationals in Akron, Ohio.
For Complete Story by Jay W. Bennett, Parksburg News and Sentinel