Wrestler "Pinned" in Court

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He lost on a wrestling match last weekend, and Wednesday a Parkersburg South wrestler lost in a courtroom his chance to participate in this week's state wrestling tournament.

The parents of Matthew Dunn sought a court order requiring the State Secondary Schools Athletic Commission to allow Dunn to compete in the tournament.

Judge George Hill denied the request. During a hearing Wednesday morning before a packed courtroom, attorneys argued whether Parkersburg High School wrestler Brandon Rader violated the rules by taking an injury default while competing.

"I talked to Brandon Rader about injury defaulting after his first match," Will "Scheny" Schenerlein, PHS Wrestling Coach testified. "He decided he was going to do it. Then Matt Dunn lost (in an earlier match), and it came to our attention that it would probably happen."

The default matched South's Dunn against PHS's Rader, who won their match, denying Dunn a spot in the state tournament.