Taylor and Glaspell earn top finishes at Junior States


PARKERSBURG— The Grafton Youth Wrestling Club wrapped up their season over the weekend taking to the mats in the 44th Annual Junior States Wrestling Championship.

Despite the long and challenging season handed to the young group due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group of wrestlers never allowed their determination to the sport to waiver and had great success.

Bearcub Jack Taylor is a newcomer to the sport with this being his first year participating

Although new to the sport, he earned his first win while competing at Junior States during the first day of matches, and went on to strong-arm his opponents, earning sixth-place overall in the 8u 50 class at the event.

“Jack was so excited to get his first wrestling win,” exclaimed his mother Kristi Taylor. “A big thank you to his coaches, Rick, Jason and Ron, the wrestling moms, Jenny and Jessica, for taking great care of him and his teammates for cheering him on! He had a blast. All of these kids have worked so hard, and I’m so proud of them for representing Grafton well!”

Also representing Grafton well at Junior States was Ian Glaspell.

Glaspell has had a successful season with the Bearcubs, earning several top spots throughout the year.

He sealed his season with a fourth-place finish in the 10u HWT division.

Ronda Koontz, Jason Austin, Gaige Glover and Isaiah Glaspell also hit the mats at the tournament and had a good showing for their team.

“It’s been a long season, and there has been so much hard work and improvement. Much appreciation to our dedicated coaches Jason Austin , Rick Glaspell and Ronnie Koontz! I love our team, which is more like a family. We’re excited to see what next season brings,” commented parent and board member Jennifer Glaspell.

Congratulations to Jack and Ian, as well as to all of the Bearcub wrestlers on a job well done!

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