Three Bearcat wrestlers earn their spots at WV State Tournament


LEWIS COUNTY— After having good showings at the 2022 Region II A/AA Wrestling Tournament on February 18-19, three Bearcat wrestling are headed to state competition next month. 

Grafton High School wrestlers Seth Horne, Eli Shumaker, Aiden Sheme and Jeremiah Mitchell earned a chance to compete of the mats in regional competition last weekend. 

Horne represented Grafton in the 145-weight bracket. Having a first round bye, he would move on to beat out Lewis County’s Norman Tallhammer in the third round of matches. 

During round four, Horne would fall to Roane County High School’s Lane Watson, knocking him down to the lower bracket, where he faced off against Ethan Wilt from Philip-Barbour, taking the win to advance to the next round for a shot at a third-place finish. 

Unfortunately, Horne was not able to overcome Clay County’s Bo Roat and, ultimately, landed in a respectable fourth place overall finish. 

 In the 160 class, Shumaker also had a first round bye, but would be knocked off in round two, later beating out Dalton Settle of Ritchie County and Luke Watson from Roane to earn fourth place, as well. 

Sheme competed in the 170 class, falling into a sixth-place finish after dropping his first match to Dylan Knight from Doddridge County and being positioned in the lower bracket, where he would record a win over Shawn Conrad from Roane. 

Rounding out the list for Grafton was Mitchell in the 182 bracket. Like his teammates, Mitchell was given a first round bye, but was sent to the lower bracket with one win and one loss. 

After being knocked down, Mitchell strongarmed his way to two more wins, beating out Job Proffitt from Liberty, in a semifinal match and holding strong to overcome Clay County’s Braden Black to lead the Bearcats with a third-place overall finish in his class. 

“We wrestled really tough and bounced back from some injuries to put on a good show,” shared Head Coach Keith Zebley. 

The Bearcats’ top finishes earned them a team finish of 10th place out of the 17 teams in the region, tying with Liberty High School with a score of 52, coming in behind Moorefield by just four points. 

For their impressive performances, Horne will be headed to represent Grafton in the state competition with a 33-20 record and will be joined by Shumaker at 47-13 and Mitchell who is standing at 49-10. 

While Scheme just missed the trip, Zebley noted that he yielded a great season finishing 26-28. 

“Now we prepare for the WV State Tournament on March 3-5,” he imparted. 

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