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Bruton’s Ian Gruver, the lone Panthers wrestler to compete in Saturday’s Group 2A State Championship in Salem, finished third at 152 pounds.
The Bruton wrestler had the best showing of any Historic Triangle wrestlers competing in their respective state tournaments Saturday.
Gruver lost his opening bout against Grundy’s Derick Endicott after being pinned in 3:47. However, Gruver continued to battle in the consolation bracket and won two matches to reach the third-place match in his weight class.
In the third-place bout, Gruver managed to narrowly edge Tazewell’s Derrick Young 7-6 to secure his third-place finish.
Tabb’s Speight Paces Local Wrestlers in Group 3A State Championship
William Speight of Tabb had the best showing of any Historic Triangle wrestlers competing in Saturday’s Group 3A State Championship in Salem.
Speight finished fourth at 126 pounds after beating Brookville’s Zach Schmitt in a 3-0 decision during his opening bout.
Cave Spring’s Sam Ring topped Speight in the semifinal round 6-2, sending the Tabb wrestler into the consolation semifinal round. In his next bout, Speight pinned Christiansburg’s Daniel Hoge in 2:28 to reach the third-place bout.
In his final bout of the day, Speight fell in a narrow 6-5 decision to Brookville’s Zach Schmitt.
York’s two state wrestlers each earned sixth-place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Tommy Ciccone finished sixth at 145 pounds after dropping his opening bout to Brookville’s Austin Wilkerson in a 13-1 major decision.
Ciccone rebounded with a win in the consolation bracket, but lost in the consolation semifinal to earn a spot in the fifth-place bout. During that bout, Ciccone was pinned in 2:28 by Brentsville’s Kyle Ritz.
At 195 pounds, Noah Pascarella also placed sixth in a similar fashion to Ciccone. Pascarella lost his first bout, but won his next bout in the consolation round.
After losing to Manassas Park’s Jonathan Gonzalez in the consolation semifinal round, Pascarella was pinned in 2:29 to Warren County’s Zach Smith in the fifth-place bout.
Warhill’s Justin Cooper finished sixth at 113 pounds, which proved the best performance for any Lions competing in the state tournament.
Cooper was pinned in 17 seconds during his first bout and advanced because of a forfeit in his first consolation bout. Cooper lost by pin to Northside’s Josiah Robinson in the consolation semifinal round and was also pinned during the fifth-place match by Warren County’s Kevin Cruz.
Trey Drummond had a disappointing day at 120 pounds, dropping his first bout in a 3-0 decision and being bounced from the tournament completely after losing a 5-4 decision in his first consolation bout.
The same went for Malik Barr at 145 pounds, who was pinned in his first bout before losing a 9-3 decision in his opening consolation bout.
Grafton’s Blaha Places Fourth at State Championship
Grafton’s Allen Blaha had the best performance of the day for Historic Triangle wrestlers competing in the Group 4A State Championship in Salem, earning a fourth-place finish at 220 pounds and earning 10 team points.
Blaha won his opening bout against Woodgrove’s Zach Stanley but suffered a setback in the semifinal round to Amherst’s Wade Wheeler.
After cruising through the consolation bracket semifinals, Blaha easily defeated Handley’s Tommy Shea-Roop in the third-place match.
His teammate Aaron Daugherty did not fare as well at 145 pounds. Daugherty fell via technical fall in his first bout and was pinned in 1:50 during his consolation bout.
Lafayette’s lone wrestler Griffin Hurt struggled to keep up during his two bouts at the 160-pound weight class.
Hurt lost an 11-0 major decision in his opening bout against Jefferson Forest’s Taylor Goolsby before falling in a 7-2 decision in the consolation bracket to John Champe’s Andrew Andrade.