PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP)- The Wirt County Tigers have ended their wrestling championship drought.
The Tigers claimed the class A state championship, clinching their first title in 49 years.
This was the first year ever that class A was recognized by itself at the state tournament. The last time Wirt County won a championship was in 1968.
The Tigers clinched the title by collecting 55 points in the tournament.
Wirt County qualified eight wrestlers for state and third-year head coach Danny Life was named Class A coach of the year.
This was a long time coming.
"For the Wirt County community, it's just a great feeling. It's brought everybody together," Life said.
"In this community, it was just one goal and that was just to make these boys better boys. I came back to Wirt County and then got my coaches together and this was our goal, to win a state championship for Wirt and it's just a wonderful feeling knowing that these boys will be in the record books forever."
The Tigers were escorted into Elizabeth during a parade on Sunday.