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New Huntington High School wrestling room nearing completion

May 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Huntington High School’s wrestling program will have a new and vastly improved home by midsummer as work continues on the school’s new wrestling room.

The $464,700 project, built on the existing wrestling room attached to the school adjacent to the soccer fields, is on schedule to be completed by the end of June. It will effectively double the school’s original wrestling room from 40 feet by 40 feet to 40 feet by 80 feet, and include inside and outside restrooms — the latter to serve the soccer fields.

“This has been a project that’s been in the works for years, and we finally got all the stars lined up to get it done this year,” said Kim Cooper, Cabell County Schools’ assistant superintendent of operations.

The walls are now up and being bricked, followed by the final roofing soon after and the demolition of an interior wall. Swope Construction is doing the job.

Construction is funded jointly through state grants ($71,000), school funds ($42,574), school athletic boosters ($29,686) and the county’s permanent improvement fund ($321,440).

The room also will serve Huntington’s youth wrestling program of about 80 young wrestlers. In the past, the original room had been too small to accommodate all at once, and groups had to rotate from the outside hallway to the wrestling room.

Huntington High’s wrestlers regularly compete for state titles. The team was the overall state champion in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.