~ PVN staff report
STRASBURG, Dec. 21 — The Panthers had five winning grapplers at a quad meet held at Strasburg High School last Wednesday. As a team, Page County suffers from a lack of depth and the inability to compete in all weight classes, but individually the young wrestling team is making great progress early in the season.
When Page County began the Dec. 21 quad meet, they first faced the defending state champions from Strasburg. The score was 72-12 in favor of the Rams. The Panthers next faced Class 3 Spotswood and fell by a more modest tally of 42-30. In their final match, they dropped a close one, 35-30, to Clark County.
“Overall we out-wrestled the last two teams we faced — if we don’t have to forfeit five weight classes, and that’s giving up 30 points right away, we win and go 2-1 as a wrestling team,” first-year head coach Greg Martin said. “This team has really improved, and could be a contender down the road.”
Top individual performances at the Dec. 21 Strasburg quad meet include:
• Nick Moore — 190 pounds, junior, finished 3-0.
• Josh Talley — 285 pounds, junior, went 2-0 in the first match of his career.
• Jordan Hendrick — 215 pounds, sophomore, went 2-1.
• Michael Shifflett — 138 pounds, freshman, went 2-1 and “really look dominant in his wins.”
• Kayla Pence — 106 pounds, 8th grade, won her first match of her young career.
Other Panthers performing well and gaining at least one win were sophomore Kaylee Campbell (113), who went 1-2 “and has really improved”; and junior Elizabeth Ramos (174) who also went 1-2.
Next up, the Page County wrestling team will travel to Front Royal on Saturday, Jan. 7 for an invitational at Randolph-Macon Academy.
For schedules, rosters and results, check the Bull Run District website.