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When it comes to being a state wrestling champion, there?s little question hard work pays off.

Roane County senior Josh Fisher(H.M. @ 125), who will wrestle at Campbell University this fall, epitomized that fact as the Raider senior ended his career with four individual West Virginia state mat titles. His last one came on Saturday night at the 64th annual state tournament when he locked in a cradle and pinned 125-pounder Dustin Daniels of Clay County in 2:56 en route to being named the outstanding wrestler in Class AA/A.

?We went six-for-six on placing. I?m all right with that,? said Fisher, who along with five teammates finished a school-best third place in the state tournament as a team.

?I?m ready to try a new level, but I?m going to miss this,? Fisher said. ?It goes by faster than what you believe. You look back and you can just picture yourself winning your first state title and now it?s over.?

Fisher, who went 37-2 this year and was 162-3 for his career, was joined in winning state crowns by teammates Brad Hickman ? 51-0 at 140 ? and 135-pounder Dylan Cottrell, who will go after title No. 4 next winter.

For complete article by Jay W. Bennett, News and Sentinel