Horne, Shumaker and Mitchell represent Grafton wrestling at state tournament


TAYLOR COUNTY— Three members of the Grafton Wrestling team represented their school well after earning the opportunity to compete in the West Virginia State Wrestling Tournament. 

Seth Horne, Eli Shumaker and Jeremiah Mitchell took to the mats in Huntington last Thursday representing the Bearcat program.

 While head coach Keith Zebley shared that they didn’t get the outcomes they were hoping for, they still put on a good showing and boasted a season to be proud of. 

Horne competed in the 145 class and went 0-2 at the state competition but finished the season with a winning 33-22 record. 

Shumaker, whose season has been most impressive, as he hit his 100th high school career match wins a couple months ago, split his matches in the 160 class at states, going 1-2. He finished the season 48-15. 

Also splitting his matches at the tournament, Mitchell went 1-2, finishing the year with a record of 50-12. 

“It was a couple of really long days of wrestling, and there was a lot of stiff competition at this tournament. We didn’t finish as well as we hoped but wrestled well and gave ourselves something to build off next season,” Zebely said.

The staff of the Mountain Statesman would like to congratulation Grafton’s state competitors, as well as all of the members of the GHS wrestling team on their season!

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