School: Point Pleasant
Primary Sport: Wrestling
There is an elite class among West Virginia high school athletics. That is the class of 4-time state champions in wrestling. The class grew to 12 this weekend with two more winning for a fourth time, including Scholar Athlete of the Week Rusty Maness of Point Pleasant.
His career concluded in Maness-like fashion with a pin in the title match of Class AA-A's 130-pound division.
"It means everything. I give all the glory to God. He's done everything in my life. Without him I wouldn't be here. I'm so glad he chose me to do this. All the hard work has paid off. I can't describe the feeling I have right now and accomplishment," said Maness after winning title number four in Huntington.
Maness says he was nervous before Saturday's big match, and righfully so. After all, he was six minutes or less away from the history books.
"I never would have dreamed this. Wrestled middle school and now it's happening. It's so awesome. I'm speechless," he said.
The fourth title almost didn't happen. Maness moved to Ohio in the offseason before returning to Point for his senior year of wrestling. He's glad that move was made.
"This is my family. This is my home. I'm glad I'm back, glad we won another state title. We got it done, it's great."
His days in the sport are far from over, as he sets sail for West Layfayette, Indiana to compete in the Big 10 for Purdue.
"Their head coach recruited me this fall. and I took a couple of visits out there and fell in love with their campus. They have an excellent engineering program that helped with my decision also. Plus, Big 10 wrestling it can't get any better than that."
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