PM Fourth In Sub-Regionals

PM SENIOR wrestlers Trent Fitzgerald (left) and Nick Craft wear their medals after winning individual titles at the 1C sub-regional tournament. Fitzgerald won at 182-pounds, and Craft won at 138. (Jeremiah Brockenbrough photos)

PM SENIOR wrestlers Trent Fitzgerald (left) and Nick Craft wear their medals after winning individual titles at the 1C sub-regional tournament. Fitzgerald won at 182-pounds, and Craft won at 138. (Jeremiah Brockenbrough photos)

Craft, Fitzgerald Grapple To Individual Titles

The Parry McCluer High School wrestling team had two individual champions and placed fourth of six teams at the 1C sub-regional tournament on Saturday at Grayson County High School in Independence.

The Fighting Blues scored 126.5 points, finishing ahead of Pioneer District rival Covington (110) and Auburn (65). Grayson County won the tournament with 215 points, George Wythe (188) placed second, and Galax (150.5) finished third.

Winning individual titles for the Blues were seniors Nick Craft at 138-pounds and Trent Fitzgerald (182). In the finals, Craft pinned Grayson County’s Trey Allen in 3:41, and Fitzgerald defeated George Wythe’s Austin Morgan in an 8-2 decision. Craft won by forfeit to reach the finals, and Fitzgerald pinned Galax’s Luke Belcher in 37 seconds in the semifinals.

PM freshman Kabell Austin placed second at 220. In the finals, he was pinned by Galax’s Riley Vaught in 17 seconds.

Blues placing third were Tyler Royer (106) and Forrest Vassar (285/heavyweight). In the semifinals, Royer lost in a 5-2 decision to Auburn’s Devin Davis, who ended up winning the title, but Royer bounced back by beating Covington’s Bradley Pitts in the third-place bout in three minutes in a 15-0 technical fall (15 points or more). Vassar lost in the semifinals in an 8-1 decision to Covington’s Blaine Pettitt, but he bounced back by pinning Grayson County’s Peyton Isom in 1:26 in the third-place bout.

Other Blues placing in the top five were Matthew Snider (fourth, 113), Matthew Mears (fourth, 145), Jeremiah Fulwider (fourth, 170), Jimmy Dunbar (fifth, 152) and Dylan Critzer (fifth, 160).

All wrestlers advanced, but the subregional tournament determined seedings for the 1A West super regional tournament this Friday and Saturday at Grayson County.

Summing up the sub-regional tournament, PM head coach Jeremiah Brockenbrough said, “All in all, we had a really good weekend. I think we’ve set it up to get a bunch of our kids into the state tournament.”

From the super regional tournament, the top six wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the Class 1 state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at the Salem Civic Center.

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