Heart and hustle earns state champion titles for three young Grafton wrestlers


PARKERSBURG—Over the weekend, three Grafton Wrestling Club members worked all the way to the top of their classes, earning championship titles while at the 45th Annual West Virginia Junior State Wrestling Tournament. 

Ian Glaspell, JW Nestor and Cash Nestor have each had stand out performances for the wrestling club and concluded the season as champions. 

J. Nestor represented Taylor County in the 10U/95 class. His path to the top wasn’t an easy one, as he was placed against the No. 1 seed during the first round of matches.

Staying mentally tough, and not allowing his opponents seeding status to get in his head, J. Nestor’s focus and strength led him to knock off the top seeded wrestler by pin. 

Throughout the day, he went 3-0, winning all his matches by pin and earned his spot at the top of the podium as champion of his weight class. 

C. Nestor battled it out in two matches during the tournament, coming out on top of both by points. His 2-0 record on the weekend also gave him the championship title for the 12U/160 class. 

Rounding out the championship earnings for the Grafton Club was Glaspell. 

Glaspell represents his club in the 10U/HWT class and has yielded an outstanding season, with many first-place finishes, showing growth by overcoming opponents that have beat him in the past. 

In fact, while in Parkersburg, Glaspell was faced with a rival, Teddy Day, that had previously beat him three years in a row and handed him a loss in Charleston just weeks earlier, knocking Glaspell down to second place, something Glaspell refused to allow happen again. 

Glaspell met No. 1 seeded Day on the mats and would finally get redemption during the second round, pinning him for the win. 

“You never want to see your kid lose in the state finals, but I can’t act like I’m not happy for Ian,” Day’s father Drew Day shared after the tournament. “Those two have matched up in three state finals, a regional final and the finals in the lord of the ring tourney over the last three years. Congrats buddy. I’m sure we will see more battles in the future.”

With the win, Glaspell joined C. and J. Nestor on the Championship list! 

In addition to the three outstanding championship titles, Rizer Efaw (6U/55) earned a very respectable third place finish during his very first year on the mats, while Jason Austin (8U/65)

Crimson Efaw (4U/35) and Rondo Koontz (12U/105) each placed sixth. 

Maddie Lynch, Max Griffin, Isaiah Glaspell, Hailey Nice, Paisley Glover, Gaige Glover, Ryllee Talkington, Dallen Talkington, Jack Taylor and Luke Knotts also competed for the club and had great showings, as well.

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