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Two PM Grapplers Place at Shumaker Classic

Nick Craft and Forrest Vassar both earned medals as the Parry McCluer wrestling team played host to the annual Shumaker Classic December 6 and 7.

Craft, wrestling at 138 pounds, placed third at the event. The senior won his first six matches, including four and a technical fall, and posted a 6-2 record during the round-robin portion of the tournament. He earned a victory in the third place match to earn his medal.

At 285 pounds, Vassar lost his first match of the tournament before winning three straight to earn a spot in the consolation finals. He dropped that decision and took fourth place.

As a team, the Blues tallied seven points to place 11th in the 13-team field. Rockbridge County, with 43 points won the tournament, named after longtime Natural Bridge High School coach Bruce Shumaker, for the fourth straight year. James River placed second, and Northside took third.

Several other wrestlers picked up victories for the Blues over the course of the two days. After losing his first three matches at 145, Dylan Critzer rallied to post a 5-4 mark in the tournament. Tyler Royer, at 106, also won three bouts and finished with a 3-3 record. Jimmy Dunbar (152) won two matches, while Matthew Mears (152), Jeremiah Fulwider (179) and Kabell Austin (220) each won once.