Parry McCluer Wrestlers Open Season

In its first competition of the season, the Parry McCluer High School wrestling team traveled to James River for a dual meet in Buchanan, and the teams treated the meet more like a practice than a match. The last time the Fighting Blues had been on the mat against another team was at the Class 1 state tournament last February.

“We were just happy to be able to get up on a Saturday morning and wrestle,” said PM head coach Jeremiah Brockenbrough. “We were happy to be able to compete.”

Wrestling season normally starts in early December, but it was delayed and shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The teams didn’t keep scores at Saturday’s meet, but they did keep track of individual results.

Brockenbrough highlighted several PM wrestlers who stood out. At 220-pounds, Forrest Vassar, the state runner-up in the 285/heavyweight division last year, pinned his opponent. “Forrest looked good,” said Brockenbrough, adding that Vassar can wrestle at either 220 or the heavyweight division.

At 152, PM’s Dylan Critzer lost to defending Class 2 state champion Mason Stewart, but he moved up to 160 for an exhibition match and pinned his opponent. This was Critzer’s first time competing since he broke his thumb early last winter.

Other wresters Brockenbrough highlighted for having strong performances were Jimmy Dunbar (160), Cody Thomas (170) and Kaden Forun (182).

Thomas and Forun are both firstyear varsity wrestlers, and Brockenbrough was pleased with the other new wrestlers on the team. “All of my new kids wrestled well,” he said.

Today the Blues will travel to Fort Defiance for a tri-meet against Fort and Grace Christian School.

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