Grafton youth wrestlers hit the mat at South Harrison tournament


GRAFTON—The Grafton Wrestling Club, a non-profit youth organization with kids from ages 4-15, competed in a tournament at South Harrison on Saturday and although it was the first time wrestling for over half of the youngsters, they still managed to put up a very solid showing.

22 of the 30 wrestlers on the squad participated in the event and leading the way for GWC was JW Nestor, who took first place in the 8U/75 class. Coming in second in their divisions were Noah Armstrong (12U/90-95), Neaven Armstrong (10U/125), Mike Cosby (10U/70), and Gaige Glover (4U/40), while placing third place in their divisions were McKinzie Postle (12U/100-105), Garrett Davis (10U/105), and Kagen Postle (6U/60). Placing fourth were LeRoy Cottrill (12U/100-105) and Micah Barbie (10U/105).

Also having an excellent day were Maddison Barbe, Jason Austin, Isaiah Glaspell, Ian Glaspell, Dixie Carroll, Damon Mackey, Braxton Freeman, Garrett Poling, Brock Sturm, Brayton Davis, Adam Roden, and Rondo Koontz.

The team is coached by Jason Austin and assisted by Rick Glaspell, Thomas Davis, Ronnie Koontz, and Dennis Burke.

Wrestlers practice during the week and then have the option to compete in tournaments on the weekends all over the state. The Grafton Wrestling Club’s first home tournament is scheduled for December 29th at Grafton High School. They will also compete in a regional tournament on February 16th at University High School where the top six at each age/weight class will qualify for the state tournament, held during the weekend of February 21st -23rd in Huntington.

“Over half of our team is new to the sport of wrestling this year but we are off to a great start and the kids are learning a lot,” said assistant coach Rick Glaspell. “The coaches are patient and dedicated to teaching with a passion for the sport.”

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