Three Bearcat Wrestlers headed to states


GRAFTON—After a tough two-day, Class A/AA Region II tournament at Braxton County High School this past weekend, three Grafton Bearcats wrestlers have qualified for the state wrestling tournament.

Seniors Garrett Williams and Dillon Williams, and sophomore Eli Shumaker, have all qualified for the West Virginia high school state wrestling meet to be held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Thursday, February 27th.

The Bearcats’ G. Williams (hvwt) will take his 25-7 record to Huntington, as well as D. Williams (145), who currently sports a 39-4 record. Sophomore Eli Shumaker (138) also qualified for the state event, finishing third in the Region with a 32-17 record.

Host school Braxton County finished first overall in the Region, winning five individual titles and sending ten wrestlers to the state tournament.

Doddridge County (151 points) finished second in the Region behind Braxton County’s 238.5 points, while Bridgeport finished third with 144 points. Clay County came in fourth with 111.5 points.

Although Bridgeport finished third overall, they had the second-most champions and will send six wrestlers to the state meet.

Rounding out the scoring were Philip Barbour (98.5), Liberty Harrison (95), South Harrison (86), Grafton (84), Moorefield (80), Lewis County (68), East Hardy (57), Lincoln (51.5), Notre Dame (35), Elkins (18), Roane County (17), and Robert C. Byrd (5).

To qualify for the state tournament, the top four wrestlers in each weight class advance, while the fifth-place finisher will assume the role as the first alternate.

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